So comes the time once again were a new batch of next generation consoles will surprise, amaze and quite possible stump many of us with their wicked features, zany design and steep pricing pillars.
However, for this gamer the simple answer to any of these sales pitches is "no thanks".
If you care enough, I will explain why;
- I want something that will play games, nothing else. My TV has Netflix. My TV can stream from my PC. My game console needs are filled just by anything that will play a game, but as we all know these new fancy machines which are about to pop up are going to do a helluva lot more crazy stuff than play games.
- I hate voice control. I hate the Kinect. I hate the PS Eye. OK, for a couple of hours when you first get them they are good, novelty items. It's cool to say "XBOX..." and have it start doing something; but is it faster than me skipping through using my controller? Not really. Is it suitable in my home with a 4 month old baby to be shouting "XBOX ON!" anytime I walk into the room and fancy playing a game? Not really. Has anyone figured out a decent way to use the Kinect in any game since it came out? Not really.
- Will it really be such a big jump from 360 and PS3? I realise it will be a jump in quality, of course I do. PC games have shown how much better they look than the current generation and that's fine... but I'm just wondering what else can REALLY be done to make the experience more fun when jacking up the graphics is the only real option. Black Ops 5 with sweet as hell graphics? Count me out.
- I have yet to play all the games I want on the current systems. THIS may be the main reason. I take myself as a casual gamer at this point. A wife and a kid will do that to you, but I still get some gaming time in. 2013 I've already finished Dishonoured and about to finish Sleeping Dogs, but there are just SO many games to chose from, I reckon I could easily play those for a good couple of years. So when the new batch on consoles come out, 360 and PS3 prices will drop? Right. I imported a 360 from the US on launch, just to get one. I imported a PS3 from the US on launch, just to get one. This is not usually how I operate, but for once I think I'll be OK with it.
So enjoy your new consoles. Honestly, I mean it. But when you are trying to create your new login password with your face... I'll be playing a discounted Mark of the Ninja!