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Submitted by stormtrooper 1267d ago | opinion piece

5 Reasons Why We Don’t Need A New Console

There’s been a lot of talk about the next generation of consoles. With an expected release of the major consoles within the next couple of years, I’ve got to say that we don’t really need a new console. This may seem to be the old debate between pc and consoles, but let’s take a closer look into why we don’t need a new console. (Darksiders 2, Industry, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

Wizziokid  +   1267d ago
Seems like a Pro PC article to me.

You need to understand not everyone can afford a gaming rig, that's why we have consoles and the current consoles are at the end of there cycle so we need new ones.

ScubaSteve1  +   1267d ago
have you seen the current economy the way its going? it can crash anytime soon and then what. the economy needs to get better soon
Wizziokid  +   1267d ago
that's more of a reason not to go toward PC gaming like I said, It's more expensive for the high and with the economy the way it is, it's not the best solution. Console are cheaper and have at least a 7/8 year cycle so once you buy it you don't worry about upgrading for at least 7/8 years. Sure they will be outdated by the end but if we are getting games like Halo 4 and Uncharted 3 at the end of this generation I'm fine with waiting around to the end of the next
decrypt  +   1267d ago
Lol Wizziokid, a PC that easily beats a console costs 500usd. Thats not a bank breaking difference. Infact its the price people would pay for a new console.

Games on PC are much cheaper than console. Hence in the long run PC is way cheaper than owning a console. You prefer to game on a console that is something different. However Consoles are more expensive in the long run. Hell they dont even offer BC for previous gen games and require HD remakes which is another added cost.

Every system has its exclusives not just consoles.
SkullBlade169  +   1267d ago

Doesn't stop all the Apple fanboys from buying new iPads and iPhones every year does it? :P
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T900  +   1267d ago
Wizziokid gone are the days when consoles used to last 7-8 years. Todays consoles generally last 2-3 years before they fail. Then you need to run out and buy a new one.

Lets see, buy a PS3 at launch for 600usd, buy another 3 years later for 300usd, looks like i just paid the price of a high end PC gaming rig, while i am stuck with the same old performance.

Same goes for the Xbox 360. Buy one at launch for 400usd. need buy another 2 years later, all of a sudden i am at 700usd. Oh wait i need to consider the XBL charges looks like i am in high end PC territory.

Consoles arent cheap thats a myth. Back when consoles were released a PC containing a 8800GTX (highest end GPU of that time) could be built for about 900usd. That same GPU till date plays most games in 1080p. Guess what rebuying the same console every 2-3 years will get you? thats right the same decade old performance.
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StayStatic  +   1267d ago
The price point of a newly released console will be extremely high + premium priced games & controllers until they become older like the 7 year ones we have now.

The cost myth was busted a long time ago, so was the one about having to upgrade every 3 months, a PC can match a console cycle easily choosing the right parts , if it doesn't you did something wrong , but that doesn't stop you spending a lot more of course.

However consoles offer a convenient option to those not computer literate or someone who wants to compliment there PC with games not available on the platform and to be honest I find it hard to justify having an Xbox 360 , at least with the PS3 there are more exclusives and i get a blu-ray / media player.
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tehpees3  +   1267d ago
We would already have had new ones if Microsoft and Sony hadn't have taken such heavy losses.
whiteyjuice  +   1267d ago
Anyone who has seen Skyrim on an Xbox and then on a PC knows consoles are shit. And the games are only getting more demanding graphically. Console life cycles can not keep pace with technology life cycles. The PC can be upgraded at will, to keep pace with developers constantly evolving limits. The console is a static technology, limiting one to a specific time in history, for the most part. Consoles are effectively becoming useless, especially due to the consistency of Moore's Law.
Moby-Royale  +   1267d ago
Yep.... the only purpose they serve is playing those video game things that I've heard so much about.

You cannot be serious. I am not insecure so I don't feel the need to talk down the pc. And why would I? It's a great option for a lot of people.

But for you to sit there and act as if the consoles don't have countless exclusives, as in games that you cannot play without that specific console, is literally ridiculous.

Why *does* one have to be King, and the others peasants?

All colors of the rainbow, and all of that.
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Pieface08  +   1267d ago
I'm not tired of my ps3 yet....
Simco876  +   1267d ago
Developers are calling for new consoles.

That should be the only reason that counts. Give consumers a better product? Why would anyone say no to that?
Hicken  +   1267d ago
Which developers, though? Are they the ones whose games are at the pinnacle of the craft? Or are they devs who've struggled on one console or another, and seen lower than expected sales, or a general decline in the popularity of their titles?

Edit @ grahf: I agree 100%. Bubbles.
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fullymoated  +   1267d ago
For the average console gamer, consoles = convenience. Plug headset into controller, sit on couch and have a good time with friends. The age is showing and a lot of people do want that option to upgrade graphically. If you don’t have the money for a new console, then keep playing the old one. If you don’t want consoles released because you are invested in PC-gaming and you want to maintain your current huge graphical edge, then you are immature. I don’t see why people are against giving fellow gamers the option to play on a more powerful machine?
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erikthegman  +   1267d ago
My body's saying let's go, but my wallet's saying no :(. Why do all these articles have to bunch gamers all together like we share the same brain. Personally I wouldn't mind an extra 3 years with current gen consoles to play catch up on all the awesome games I haven't had the time to play. But some of you can't wait so either way it doesn't matter how things play out
NexGen  +   1267d ago
The longer Microsoft and Sony wait, the less relevant they will be.
Their delay is what is contributing to pc growth.

New consoles need to be released to maintain market saturation and relevance.
thebudgetgamer  +   1267d ago
As long as developers keep making quality games for the consoles I own I will keep playing them. After that I will move on to whatever the next thing is.
grahf  +   1267d ago

Yes, PCs are more powerful, if you
1) Know what you're doing
2) Have the time to make modifications
3) Have the money to start with a good system, and then more to upgrade later

The problem with PC gamers is this : You are Hobbyists. That means you are not "mainstream," which also means that you are NOT the target demographic for the big publishers.

Think of it this way...
Car companies make cars so they can sell cars... lots of them. When such a large initial investment is made with each make/model, they need to push a lot of units. Volume = $$$. A console gamer is someone who buys a car off the lot.
There are subcultures of the automotive world that, in the immoral words of Xzibit, "Pimp their rides," push horsepower, street race, refurbish/remaster older vehicels, etc. The cost to do this can vary, depending on the points I made above, and yes you could spend less and output more, at the cost of time. That relegates it to "Hobby" status, just like PC gamers.
Car companies aren't going to spend big money on R&D to cater to this crowd. They may throw them a bone every once in a while, offer parts, etc, but their premier products will never be focused towards them.

The same is with PC gaming vs. Console gaming. PC gamers have the games they do now because of console gaming... you get games (with better specs... there's your bone) that would have NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS have been made as a PC exclusive. In fact, look at exclusive PC games now... MMOs, small independent games (including Minecraft), war sims, but no huge "blockbusters" except possibly Diablo 3 (but that is pushing into MMO territory, and there are also rumblings on putting it on consoles).

This is not an attack on PC gamers. I say if you have the time, money & knowhow, then go for it... build a PC, update drivers, flash BIOS... do it all! Have fun while doing it! Your investment (Hard work, time, money) will pay off when you can play the latest games at ultra high res 1080p+ & blazing 120 FPS.

Just remember you're playing those AAA games because console gamers are subsidizing the cost of PC development.

Now me personally, I'm a console man. I have the money, but not the time or know-how to build a GOOD rig. I have way too much shit going on to learn the right & wrong way to do it, especially when the game changes so fast with new hardware coming out constantly. I want to hop on, play, and get on with my life... and now I'm ready for the next console cycle to begin.

If you disagree, please let me know why.
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Firelotus2  +   1267d ago
Did anyone read this entire post? I see three disagrees, yet no one explained their position. How strange. I agree, if it counts for anything.
slane3  +   1267d ago
all the BEST games are on Consoles anyway.....thats fact not fiction
iamgoatman  +   1267d ago
I think you need a new dictionary.
black911  +   1267d ago
Everytime Someone mentions Next Gen I Post this link and say Look at "Beyond Two Souls"
Qrphe  +   1267d ago
You're never going to get this on PS3, just look at the resolution itself.
BitbyDeath  +   1267d ago
That screen is taken from the first trailer and is ingame.
Here's a pic of a scene you might be more familiar with.

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Qrphe  +   1267d ago
@BitbyDeath That's from a cutscene, probably pre-rendered (by the PS3, just like Uncharted 3's)

You probably won't get 1080p gameplay, if that native resolution is indeed confirmed for the game, I'll have eaten my words
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black911  +   1266d ago

Here is A gameplay Video of Someone playing Beyond in real-time.
Qrphe  +   1267d ago
I have a very decent PC rig (haven't been forced to upgrade for a game I want yet) but neither do I see the need for new consoles necessarily.
slane3  +   1267d ago
u pc gamers are the biggest graphics whores in gaming. if it wasn't for consoles pc gaming would be dead .

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