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Submitted by gulevski 1120d ago | opinion piece

Will Next Generation Be Rife With Console Wars?

"Arguing over which console is better has been a habit of gamers since the start of console gaming itself. There are plenty of elements at play, from a machine’s power to its exclusive games. This generation was no exception, with the PS3, XBOX360, and PC fanbase arguing about which is better even now, as we move into the next generation. " (3DS, Android, EA, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, Next-Gen, Nintendo, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Sony, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

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Just_The_Truth  +   1120d ago
Akuma-  +   1120d ago
I will be geting all the consoles but the one i really want is the ps4. my decisions arent about what my friends want or have but about the reputation and history of sony. they bring the quality and unique games so im mostly looking forward to the ps4.
Septic  +   1120d ago
Yes and its because of comments like the one above that we'll see the wars raging on.

I'll be buying all consoles day one so I don't miss out. For those like me, who own all platforms, we know how great it is to be a multiplatform gamer.

So-called gamers like the one above may be deluded enough to believe that one platform's existence negates the need for the other but this generation has shown that every console offers something to everyone.

This generation I got to experience:

Xbox 360:

* Amazing online play and community through
* Great Multiplayer experiences from Halo 3-4, Gears, Forza etc


* Visually stunning games like Uncharted which pushed the boundary of games into the realms of cinema
* Excellent single player stories like Metal Gear and even more on the way


* Battlefield 3, Far Cry 3 and Planetside 2: Truly amazing visuals and an early insight into the next generation of games
* WoW: a whole digital world so cohesively made and unique with so many stories to tell, big and small


* We tend to forget what it did but watching my parents play a game and then thorougly enjoy and laugh at the same time was such an alien experience at first. It brought gaming to the masses and it brought a smile to my face to see my parents ( who just hate video gaming or anything related lol) thoroughly enjoy themselves and feel immersed into gaming.

The wars will rage on and I'll no doubt get sucked into them, but I know that I'm in a grateful position to enjoy all experiences on all platforms so I won't stop the angry agendas of some angry keyboard warriors stop me from being a gamer. The wars will only get fiercer but so will the competition and that just makes us gamers the ultimate winners.
rainslacker  +   1120d ago
What's so wrong with his comment? He is basing his decision based on his own experience with PlayStation. I'm doing the same thing, as I've never been let down by a Sony console or the games they release.

I already have the Wii U, may pick up an Xbox if it offers something meaningful for the price (ie more games I want to play), and will definitely get a PS4. Even Akuma said that he'd be getting all the consoles, so why make him seem like the problem?

I agree with your breakdown though, although not all those things mean something to everyone, they are tangible, and in the end it's really only important what the individual sees as worth it.

The problem comes in when people don't like when other people's preference isn't their own...thus we have console wars.
BattleAxe  +   1120d ago
"Will Next Generation Be Rife With Console Wars?"

Sure why not? Besides, the PS4 is going to have way better games than the 720. :D
MikeMyers  +   1120d ago
Sadly that is just human nature. If there was only one console you would still get a breakdown of RPG fans versus JRPG fans and those who support one developer over another. Or Call of Duty fans against Battlefield fans and so on. I'm not sure why people care so much about these things but they do. In fact some people get off being a nuisance and arguing with others.
blackmagic  +   1119d ago
This has unfortunately been the generation where gamers falsely believed that exclusive games were automatically the best games and multiplats were denied their due recognition because they were multiplat. Honestly, games like fallout, GTA5, bioshock, xcom, borderlands, oblivion & skyrim, portal, assasin's creed, red dead redemption, etc have gotten more of my time than the console exclusives this gen. I don't know how many times I've seen gamers defending a turd of a game simply because it was an exclusive on their favourite system.
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lfclee  +   1120d ago
Unfortunately yes ! We has human beings like to think that we know what is best for us has individuals and want to be part of something that is better than what anyone else has got , were also very tribal and loyal .
Then you have the multi console gamer just going with the flow and enjoying everything the industry has to offer , the peace maker on both sides of the fence and also the cleverest among the tribal society , i know it all sounds a bit crazy but that is tribal society human nature that we all still have in us but rarely notice in our world today , enjoy .
yeahokchief  +   1119d ago
I don't think there will be as much arguing.

There will be Sony, Microsoft, Valve, Nintendo and even manufacturers like Nvidia.

My point is that it won't just be 2 or 3 guys competing. We are going to have a lot of options. So it doesn't make sense to throw hate at one in particular because each is going to have a ton of competitors.

This is good for us because more competition = better deals and companies trying to provide more value to the consumer to attract us. The more competition the better.
StrongMan  +   1120d ago
Winning the console war is like winning a Super Bowl ring. Sony has two rings, Nintendo has 3 rings, and Microsoft has zero rings at all.

I think Sony will win it's third ring next gen easy because MS has abandoned the hardcore which all belongs to Sony now. Hardcore gamers will think twice before buy the next Xbox and be fooled by MS again. Sure, they'll give you the usual Halo/Gears but that won't be enough as you can tell by Halo 4's sharp decline.

Nintendo is trying to get the hardcore back from Sony but it won't work. We all no 3rd parties will give up on the WiiU.
Septic  +   1120d ago | Well said
And here, ladies and gentleman, is why the answer to the features question is a resounding 'yes'.

A perfect example of a specimen that acts as a catalyst to the flames that will keep the wars raging on.
tee_bag242  +   1120d ago
Boy oh boy.. Some people just can't get enough.
Hardcore! Lol! A hardcore gamer is likely to get all the consoles and a dirty beast PC. A hardcore gamer wants to see consoles and PC fiercly compete so that we can all benifit from the spoils.
Your just sound like another fanboy waiting for mummy to buy you your next christmas present. So quick.. Choose the 'winning' side.
Y_5150  +   1120d ago
I think there will. Everyone will be a fan of something and argue that it's the best.
Bigpappy  +   1120d ago
War will continue until all fanboys grow old and die.
BeAGamer  +   1120d ago
every generation has fanboys.

Sega Genesis fanboys especially are notorious
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Hufandpuf  +   1120d ago
If there are two processes to similar goal, there will always be people that prefer one over the other.
dkgshiz  +   1120d ago
When I see what all of the consoles have to offer I will see what is worthy of a purchase from me. If these future consoles just have gimmicky garbage like motion control touch screen crap I think I may just pass on them all together.
YodaCracker  +   1120d ago
Yes there will be and there will be console wars in the comments of this article.
GribbleGrunger  +   1120d ago
In the perfect world where everyone is happy with their purchase and loves their exclusive content, yes, we would see zero crossover because no one would feel it necessary to compensate for the lack of content on their own consoles by invading threads about the other... But it won't happen. Unfortunately I believe it will actually get much worse.

If the comments were 'This is a great game' instead of 'This is much better than 'a' on the other consoles', everything would be sweet and life would find a balance. I ask too much. There are always people who want something that someone else has got. There are always people who would pull up the neighbours flowers because they play on concrete.
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Sarcasm  +   1120d ago
It will never end. It doesn't have to do with just video games, it's just part of humans to justify their purchase over others to feel superior. The wars will rage on between Mustangs or Camaros, PlayStation or XBOX, 49er's or Cowboys, To be or not to be, Ham or Turkey sandwich, Lions or Tigers, etc. or etc.!!!
pixelsword  +   1120d ago

I wish I saw your post before typing, I'm tired now lol
rainslacker  +   1120d ago
Too true. I just wish it could be more like the ham and turkey debate though. One where we have our own preference but still understand that others have theirs for their own reasons.

Also...turkey all the way. Swine lives in it's own filth.:-P
pixelsword  +   1120d ago
This is the part about gamers that doesn't make so much sense:

It's bad to like one piece of plastic above another,

but everything else in life works that way.

No one likes all football, baseball, hockey, or basketball teams, and most people don't invest in a team, not even in tickets or clothing.

No one sits around and tells people to like all kinds of ice cream, even though other flavors don't poison or sicken people.

No one goes around telling people to love Postmodern and Cubism equally.

No one tells people that you have to like Hip-Hop music as much as Country music (except Snoop Dog, maybe).

No one goes around cheering for both republicans or democrats.

I dare someone to shove a Bud Light in my face and tell me to like it as much as Double Diamond. I slap you!

But games are somehow different? That's because gaming has the illusion of a circular effect: some people think that if there's no waves in gaming, that developers will develop for all devices equally, but again, the world doesn't work like that; never has, never will.

They go where the money is: whether that translates to getting more bang out of the buck they invested in their game (Gears making more sense being 360 exclusive because Uncharted and Gears are so similar), or where the gamers are (More MMORPGs players are on PCs, so that's why they are on the PC more), or if someone buys their loyalty (gaikai being purchased by Sony), that's what sways the developers.
cedaridge  +   1120d ago
It will be BUT I won't be apart of fanboy wars. My motto is "If I like them all then I will buy them all." I will appreciate ps4, xbox 720, Wii U, and PC for the Positive and experience they will bring.
jmc8888  +   1119d ago
Exactly all four will be good.

PC will be the most powerful by a good margin and capable of running next gen console games at settings a couple of notches higher.

720/PS4 will be similar to each other and be the default standard for 'next gen games'. Basically it'll have the power to run BF3 on medium settings, yet will achieve more since it's in a console. So think Very high settings. (but by then it'll be considered medium or high as PC will have very high and ultra on top)

Wii U will be the weakest, yet still capable of running all the games the PS4/720 will run, just on lower settings. The flip side is you get Nintendo's first party games, the gamepad experience, and it will be the cheapest and great bang for your buck.

Basically your PS4/720 will be comparable to somewhere between a GTX 560ti and a GTX 660....IF the downclocked 7970m rumors are accurate. It could also be a bit lower than that.

The Wii U is rumored to be an ATI 6670 or 6760.

Meanwhile by the time the PS4/720 comes out the PC will have the Nvidia 7 series out and the ATI 8 series....IF they come out in 2013. If 2014 that would be the Nvidia 8 series and ATI 9 series.

All will be fun.
jut420  +   1120d ago
Your consoles so terrible you'd think kotaku made it :)
Killzoner99  +   1120d ago
Just as in the past the next generation does not start until Sony says so. The PS4 will no doubt be a powerhouse like the PS3 . I can't even imagine how far they will push the medium next generation . In all honestly it gives me chills.
Long Live Play
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1120d ago
Im sure it will but I probably won't be around this site come next gen. I'll make my decision after E3 to see where the fanboys go from there(hopefully more balance on this site).

Again, trolling, lying outrageous opinions, bashing and more bashing. I personally can't take it anymore especially that @Strongkid the moderators do absolutely nothing about him, besides ban him for 2 or 3 days, pathetic.

I'll see after E3 see where the fanboys go from there.

EDIT: to sum up of my statement yes I want a balance of fanboys U fanboys Sony boys MS fanboys. Because lets face it, new fanboys are born every day and are growing by the numbers. Especially with Steambox, Ouya, Shield getting released who knows they could spawn new fanboys also. Leaving a handful of unbiased users like myself cornered.
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ABizzel1  +   1120d ago
Yes, but there won't be much to brag about this time as the Nextbox and PS4 will likely be extremely similar in design and be afforadable mid range PC's.

On top of the the Wii-U has stepped things up to current gen levels, so Nintendo won't be as far behind as they were with the Wii, so games should be playable on all 3 consoles (low PC settings for Wii-U), mid for PS4 and Nextbox, and max for PC.

The only thing ot debate are exclusive games, online, and what each company offers to 1up the competition.
profgerbik  +   1120d ago
Again not shitting on the Wii U but I think some Wii U owners me being one but not including myself with what I am about to say.. are getting their hopes a little high set for the system.

There are already games now that will not be on the Wii U for specific reasons which I really won't recite simply because I know the type of crap it will start. Bottom line you probably know there are already games that will release on PS3 and Xbox 360 that will not be able to run on the Wii U now.

I am not trying to say what is better really not trying to get into that but it just doesn't seem logical that the Wii U would be able to run Xbox 720 or PS4 games when no one even has any credible evidence to depict what the two will even be sporting. Especially when it's already having trouble with certain Xbox 360 and PS3 games.

Sure maybe a select few games but no doubt you will notice the difference playing them on a Wii U versus the PS4 or 720.

You are right about how they could turn out through they might not be leaps and bounds as far a technology is concerned but consoles for a while have been nothing but more affordable PC's that do less.. Same with phones and tablets..

Thing is it may not be leaps and bounds with tech altogether but sadly it probably will be one leap at least from the Wii U. Maybe there is a chance this time will be different but knowing how Microsoft and Sony are usually all about pushing hardware.. I just don't see them slacking this time around just because.

Wii U is a great system overall just not enough for me right now game wise but same was said for 2 years when I had my PS3 but I loved that thing forever until I bought my PS Vita. Same goes for PS Vita, I just hope the Wii U doesn't let us hardcore gamers down. I just want to see more variety in games on the system like the 3DS.

Say what one will but I just stick with Playstation just because they have a vast variety of games to play. With Microsoft I feel it's always aimed at hardcore stuff then with Nintendo it seems too casual all the time. I have owned them all but I just prefer the one with games that appeal to me more for now.

Wii U should do great on it's own for a good while but I don't think it will be able to run every PS4 or 720 game. I don't think it will be on the same level really, should be close of course it always is but I still don't see it being close to the "same".

Time will tell I suppose.
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ABizzel1  +   1119d ago
That's not true at all.

Games are made on PC's, and if a PC version is in the works then a Wii-U version can be done as well. It's a simple matter of porting a version of the game designed for Low PC settings, then same thing developers have been doing with the PS360 as of late.

The Wii-U has proven it's every bit capable of hanging with the PS360, as it's launch games are already on the cusp of those consoles. The question is are developers willing to take the time and budget to develop or outsource a Wii-U port of their games.
A LIVING LEGEND  +   1120d ago
I seriously doubt random imbeciles will argue over the merits and flaws of upcoming consoles.
Any rational individual will simply continue to support generic shooters while simultaneously admitting,' I'm sick of COD and Wiiu confuses me'
wiiulee  +   1120d ago
why wouldnt it the wiiu sales pickup and wiiu looks to be winning next generation and does win...i hope there will be less haters it can be a gamers competition not nongaming clowns making false claims and lies about systems they dont own...i hope to own all three when they are out
profgerbik  +   1120d ago
I am not shitting on the Wii U but you are assuming this how? It's been out what almost three months now and you are saying it's winning the next generation? You don't even own one either..

The Next Generation as a whole has not started, how about you wait until the others have released new consoles before we start picking winners of the generation which has just started.

The Wii U has been out also.. So I don't know what you are waiting for the only other two consoles coming now are the PS4 and the 720. I guess if you want to throw the Steambox into the mix you could but meh.. It's just a miniature PC.

I noticed you said "I hope to own all three when they are out" Well Wii U has been out.
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profgerbik  +   1120d ago
As long as humanity is alive they will always compare something or want to start some war. I mean isn't that how real life actually is? It's not surprising to me at all the same influences show up every where else.

I can't stand human nature, stupidly competitive all the time. I guess when it comes down to it we aren't any better than the animals around us that do the exact same things at a much smaller scale.

We might actually be worse.
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A LIVING LEGEND  +   1120d ago
assumptions,...might actually be worse.
Tetsudo1  +   1120d ago
War... War never changes...
steve30x  +   1120d ago
As long as theres more than one console and PC's used for gaming then theres always going to be console wars going on.
from the beach  +   1120d ago
It's fun for some people, they support the consoles like they support sports teams ... they have their favourite like they have their favourite album. I reckon most N4G readers own all the consoles by now, though.
gamingmaster2013  +   1119d ago
of course there would be a console war, it happens all the time, also its human nature to like one thing over another and defend it, its like man utd vs liverpool (football), real madrid vs barcelona (football), india vs pakistan (cricket and hockey and more or less everything), messi vs ronaldo (football), muhammad ali vs joe frazier (boxing), united states vs europe (ryder cup golf), mclaren vs ferrari vs red bull (formula 1) etc etc.
gamingmaster2013  +   1119d ago
War... what is it good for, absolutely nothin'!
sdplisken  +   1119d ago
Next gen starts when sony says so
Jek_Porkins  +   1119d ago
I hope it isn't as bad, since there wont really be a huge power difference between Microsoft and Sony, I don't see there being any of the ignorant graphic fanboys going insane like they tried this generation.

I usually get all the consoles at launch, have my Wii U already, I'm really looking forward to what Microsoft and Sony have to offer. The only thing that would make me hold off on getting one of them would be a price point over $450, no used games allowed to be played on it, or no backwards compatibility. I'm sorry but I'm not keeping 10 consoles hooked up.
Droid Control  +   1119d ago
I'll be getting a Steambox for my multiformats and a PS4 for the exclusives.

I don't see the point in getting a 720 since i don't want to pay for LIVE and they have no exlusives i want to play.
MuhammadJA  +   1119d ago
Of course. As long as there are websites like N4G, fanboyism will never end.
ajax17  +   1119d ago
Wow, what an unnecessary question. I actually enjoy console wars; I mean why have multiple consoles if people don't get passionate over their preferred brand?
Phil32  +   1119d ago
It will be like it always is-- grown men and women acting like children, fighting over whose electronic toy is better. Doesn't matter if it makes the industry look juvenile as long as their console wins.
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