This coming console launch is the first time I have been able to get a brand new shinny console on launch day so, naturally, I am super excited. In this excitement I have found my self wanting to take in every drop of news or info on my new toy (that would be the Xbox One if you're interested.) In doing this I can't help but see that there is a lot of negativity going on this console launch. Most of it is aimed at Microsoft but I have seen some thrown Sony's way as well. It baffles me to no end that people feel the need to justify their purchase or non-purchase by trashing the competition. I for one want both consoles to succeed. This should be an exciting time because, for all we know, this may be the last console generation. Don't get me wrong I have seen some posts out there that are positive. I also know that this is the internet and snark and negativity permeate through the whole of it. It's still just a little aggravating to see. I know that Microsoft and Sony both have made some missteps but I highly doubt in 2 or 3 years we will even be talking about them. Lets get excited people the new generation is here and at the very least that means new games!!!!! Which to me is very exciting!
Duder, I totally agree. I'm trying desperately to get pumped, because this is also the first time I am getting a console on launch (going for Xbox One cause I can't afford both).
I think the general feeling of negativity is complicated stemming from many sources, reactionary bad 'game journalists' being one of them. The GB guys do a great job of staying calm about all this. IGN posts ridiculous fanboy bating stuff all the time.
Hopefully, when the consoles get into peoples hands, the new experiences, the better OSs will win over hearts and minds.
Meh, its a console launch bud. Unfortunately its the same every time. I guess with systems being so expensive it just adds to people needing some type of comfort that they have made the right choice in whatever one they pick. It also seems that this time round its the first time I can think of that there's a noticeable PC parity with the new console and neither one is really pushing something unique that the other doesn't have (Blu-ray with PS3, motion controls for the Wii etc) which detracts a little from the buzz. I'm with you however, I wish people would remember that this shit happens every time and just enjoy it for once, it'll settle down and reach a level between systems that keeps most happy. I'm picking up the XB1 and am looking forward to getting some Dead Rising 3 time in (I'd say one of my favorite series on current gen).
Enjoy your new console.
There's fuck all to play on those shiny new consoles, and as a PC owner, I've had "next gen" graphics for quite a while now. So as of right now, I'm much more excited for what I'm having for dinner tonight (it's pizza), than I am for the new consoles.
I don't see why that should lessen your excitement, though. I hope you have an awesome time with your new console!
Yea it's always like this and since this is the first time you actually have preorder you're just looking at stories/opinions more. I have a PS4 preorder that I'm thinking about canceling since Watchdogs got delayed. Launches are usually a bit lackluster but there's nothing like powering up a new console for the first time. Enjoy it.
I believe "the negativity" is coming from the change in culture due to readily available and constant access to web and social sites. You can now be semi-anonymous here so many will instead of posting "I think I'll wait" they are inclined to post instead "Are you a
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ps. I just wanted to play with the text tools.
I took the safe route and baught a wii u a month ago when the zelda bundle came out. I was burned 360 at launch with 3 console failures, red ring of death and two more that just quit reading discs. Ill enjoy my wiiu and sit back and watch as sony and Microsoft battle it out till there are some price drops and a clear winner.
For some reason, I'm not as excited about this console launch as past ones.
I still remember how exciting it was in grade school when it was constantly Genesis vs SNES and PS1 vs N64 (I was a Genesis and PS1 kid). That was probably the most exciting. Maybe it's because I'm getting older? Maybe it's because there is not much at launch that I would be interested in that I couldn't just pick up on current gen?
I figure I'll probably pick up a PS4 come next Spring. I can see myself getting the new Infamous to start things off, but right now I'm content with what I have.
Like others have said, I think PC gaming has something to do with it. In the past year, 4 of my xbox friends have switched to gaming on PC.
I want a new console, but only to play 2 or 3 games that aren't on PC.
Hopefully the steambox can merge both markets eventually.
Oddly I'm more excited for this launch than any launch in recent memory. When I think back to launches I've been around for over the course of my life I was either too young to care or simply found no reason to care until several years after they had been out. I distinctly remember how completely apathetic I was for the PS3 and 360 at launch.
Not that this is actually going to translate into me running out and buying one at launch, or that there's any games coming out in the near future I really need to have, but I feel pretty ready for this next-gen to get under way.
This console generation went on too long which means people who wanted to upgrade earlier bought a PC. Most of the people lacking enthusiasm seem to be in this boat. It's hard to get excited about Battlefield 4 when you already have it on PC, but for those looking to finally upgrade console to console this should be exciting.
Plus you always have the console flame war idiots which are unavoidable. Personally I'm grabbing both on day 1 which I haven't done since the Dreamcast so I'm excited.
People are bad people. Its hard to find people worth talking about videogames, much less actually gaming and being friends with them. Even if we might have the same system, its unfortunate that I assume that its hardly worth conversing with others these days on games.
And if anything, its hard to stay positive at all about games I'm actually excited about, without icing myself about any reactions about who might be excited. I've been trying a little hard to keep saying the term "next-gen" (rather than just PS4) whenever I go to other gaming lobby things, like PS Home. Its just strange I guess, and I'm sad to think that this stuff is not gonna get any better.
"Game what you wanna game, and don't listen to what anybody thinks," gets pretty trodden sometimes. Is love over? I dunno.
And talking with family is way fucking easier, at least. They're oblivious.
I blame HD video. In previous console launches, we couldn't tell if a texture looked crappier because things were still blurry. We'd take their word for it, or be impressed with EGM screenshots.
Now you have comparison videos and Youtubers saying things, and people can easily just point out why PC's are better.
I prefer laptops, though, so I'm pretty excited about finally getting something new.
720 vs 1080 and 30 vs 60 fps...people complaining about this need to get over it. If you want the best performance get a PC.
They probably already have a PC.
They might be frustrated because it seems like we're about to enter another gen where consoles are incapable of outputting 1080p and PCs are stuck with the ports rather than games that actually push the limitations of their hardware. Meanwhile, even current PC hardware is almost capable of outputting 4k.
@andorski: The console isn't the games. Games can come out and be good or be bad. Whatever happens, people can take it on faith that there will be more games in the future and some of them will be worthwhile. If the games are to be played on a system that has a fucked-up UI or busted online features then that matters a whole hell of a lot. Those things will change much more slowly than the pace of new game releases, if they change at all. Plus, the great majority of games worth playing are going to be out on every possible platform, so the UI, online functionality, are all that really matters when you think about it.
Don't be. Don't be.
Also, be happy in your choice of console. Never really gotten the console war mentality (PC master race, you filthy peasants, but both consoles do seem pretty awesome). I did laugh at the E3 PS4 thing just because of how hard Sony was riding that wave.
I do wanna get both eventually though; some pretty neat exclusives are bound to hit each platform.
When you have to pick between two consoles, the other console is like that ex girlfriend who dumped you. If you find out she's exclusive with some badass mech pilot, it's a little upsetting. Figuring out that the other console runs games at a lower resolution is the same as realizing she got fat.
Meh, its a console launch bud. Unfortunately its the same every time.
Except for last time when PS3 and 360 launched a year apart. And the time before that when PS2, Xbox, Dreamcast and Gamecube came out over a four-year span and Internet forums were in their infancy and still often called BBSes. And, well, I do remember quite the kafuffle when Nintendo decided to stick with cartridges and Sony stuck it to them by going with CDs. And of course Genesis does what Nintendon't. My best friend when I was ten bought a Master System partly because his neighbour had an NES and they were constantly in competition with each other. You know what? It is the same every time.
However, this is also the first time we're seeing the two major competitors (Sorry Nintendo!) release at almost the exact same time. That probably helps up the level of animosity in the fanboy camps.
I think things have gotten a bit extreme or pessimistic at times, but there have been certain aspects of these console launches that have just been a bit of a bummer, and I think we're all remembering that out of the gate, the games libraries for consoles are almost never all that amazing. There are console fanboys out there who have this psychological need to trash talk the competition, but a lot of what I've seen around places like Giant Bomb isn't so much that, but people explaining that they're making one purchase because the alternative purchase wouldn't satisfy them. A lot of this has centred around the weird politics of the Microsoft's restrictions on developers and consumers, many of which involved things that just didn't exist in previous console generations like always-online products and proprietary motion control hardware.
On top of that I think some of us are getting a little tired of the games industry going round in circles making the same things over and over, and trying to tell us they're doing these really mind-blowing innovative things when they're just not. You can call this being jaded if you want, but I think it's positive to ask for something better and call people out on their bullshit. Ultimately, it's the games that are going to excite us, and when these consoles become means to play things that really engage us, then I think you'll see a lot more positivity surrounding the consoles.