The Gamer’s Guide To Next Generation Gaming

With the next-generation consoles charging out to lead the pack, some were early adopters and felt the force of defective consoles while others debated getting one but kept their previous consoles, whether Xbox 360 or PS3.

While I’ve only had my PS4 for just a few days, I absolutely enjoy it, even if there aren’t that many titles out for it. While I’ve been fortunate to run into no problems whatsoever, some have, but don’t worry, because you shouldn’t be your own fear monger and hold back from stepping into greatness.

For anyone who’s unsure of stepping into the next-generation or how to go about it, here are some helpful tips to get the most for your money to get a next-gen system.

 

I. Research 

With contemplating any major purchase, research, research, research. Whether you want an Xbox One or PS4, do your homework. With the consoles only being a few months old, there’s a good chance of running into the myriad of problems like the “Blue Light of Death” or a faulty disc drive that eats discs. While it’s normal to be concerned of this happening to you, don’t let it control you.

Most retailers offer warranties for a set price, along with Sony/Microsoft’s manufacturer warranty if something does go wrong, so while it may not seem like it, Sony and Microsoft has your back if something goes wrong with your console. (I don’t know if they cover acts of God though, but it doesn’t hurt to ask)

While it shouldn’t matter as to graphical output, there are some that claim graphics make a game, especially with the power of these consoles being able to do 1080p (In Sony’s Case) and 30/60fps. It doesn’t hurt to also know the specs of each console for an extra measure if you want in-depth information as to the potential of each system.

Most will say to wait for a price drop, most likely around Black Friday and the holiday season or just waiting for your tax returns. With the consoles at $400 and $500 respectively, it’s not wrong to keep your previous console and wait for a price drop. Most will tell you it’s the smart thing to do while Sony and Microsoft work out their respective bugs in their consoles, and I would agree, unless you’re in a hurry.

 

II. The Games/Online Service

While there isn’t much out to play for either console, Sony has an edge with their PS Plus service, even though it’s now required to play online, whereas with the PS3, it’s optional. Games like Resogun, which is free on PSN have impressed next-gen gamers while Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall failed to live up to expectations in the eyes of some. For you XBox One gamers out there, you’ve got Ryse: Son of RomeDead Rising 3, and Forza Motorsport 5 in your camp of exclusives. While Sony has teased another Uncharted game and all but confirmed Kingdom Hearts III, Microsoft hasn’t said a word about a next-gen Halo or Gears of War, which could make some believe one of two things: Either they’ve got something major planned for E3 this year or both game series are respectively dead to Microsoft.

The multi-platform games in my opinion are based on your preference, and whether or not you’ve previously played them. While Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is basically a next-gen GOTY Edition, it’s native 1080p and 60fps on PS4 while Microsoft trails behind at 720p/30fps.

While PSN and Xbox Live are similar on paper, they’re worlds apart when looked at closely under the microscope. Both do also require a paid service now, whereas previously, PSN was free for PS3. Xbox Live is still at a steep $60 a year while PSN is $50 a year, but beyond the price, you’ve got to look at what you get with said services. PSN now offers party chat, which was once a Microsoft exclusive to the Xbox 360. So while both services seem to be neck and neck with one another, its up to you which service you go with for your preferred console.

 

In conclusion, taking out the fanboy argument, it’s really up to you which system you decide to invest in. If there’s anything I forgot to include, I encourage you to comment.