With the launch of our new gaming column at The Wake Weekly, I feel I need to start things out with a bang. I don’t know what my PC friend on the opposite side of this article is going to have that compares to what I am about to talk about, but I wish him the best. Word on the street is that the new Xbox One and PS4 are worth buying, as long as that person gets one that works. Before I go too in-depth, I will give my readers a little background on myself. I started playing console video games at the age of 4 with the Atari system. I have played every gaming console since then, and owned more than half the total list.
With that out of the way, I return to speak about the next generation (next-gen) console’s impact right now. I am not turned away with the few consoles that are reporting broken. The reason is that it is a few compared to the total number (PS4 lists less than 0.04 percent shipped have reported broken and with recent release of Xbox One, all that was released to the public is that it is a small percentage as well). If you don’t understand why next-gen is such a big deal, then here are a few reasons:
•These new consoles do everything considerably faster, even reading DVDs.
•They have multiple functions, including playing music and movies, web surfing, screen and voice chat, and of course, playing video games.
•You can fit more on your television with full 1080p resolution.
•Video games can now do even more with better visuals.
There are many more reasons for any particular user to want next-gen, so even if you don’t play video games, next-gen could still be something for you to be excited about.
Q: Does the WiiU count as a next-gen console?
A: First of all, my definition of next-gen stems from believing if a videogame system has evolved into something new we haven’t seen and/or better than its predecessors. WiiU debuted last year, and introduced a seamless transition from TV screen to handheld device, i.e. your controller. Also it is the first high definition Nintendo console, which means higher resolution and being able to fit more on the screen. Sounds next-gen to me.
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-Gordon Coleman, Video Game Console Consultant