Dark Confidant #2 – Do We Really Need new Consoles Yet?

A package comes in the mail and I find myself quickly ripping it open when I see my name on it, fresh new stuff.  Cut the box open safety as to be sure not to slice the innards of the game’s case.  What a great new game, the plastic smell and everything brings excitement. I still kind of miss the old PS3 font style though. Wait, am I supposed to be talking about Next-Gen consoles? The newest craze, right? Yes I know you heard I (and for business reasons Nerd4Sure!) won an Xbox One Ryse bundle!  I mean I have about 80 physical games on my backlog right now filled with both PS3 and 360 games, and I’d say about another 100 or so downloadable titles.  Let’s not go into the 25 or so Steam games I have that I can’t even play due to my slow computer (I’m not a big PC gamer among many reasons).

Regardless, back to the Next-Gen craze. Of course I’m excited to play me some Killer Instinct, I’ve only waited for a reboot for about 20 years or so.  Just listen to that theme! I mean 1:40 is Audio Sex. Ever since I heard of the contest for the Xbox One Bundle back in early October I searched every day at my college lunch room for Mt. Dew caps and Doritos promo bags. I was going to win that damn thing. And I even went to Taco Bell and bought 5 big boxes when I saw they were giving out Playstation 4 because of my, “Yea why not,” mood.

But remember, this excitement came at the “I’m going to get this for free (or highly discounted) level”,  not, “I can’t wait to go into my pockets and spend my Free Bingmoney on a new console!” Something about that is very wrong, forget about people who have to pay real money and surcharges to get these new consoles for their kids when there was much cheaper deals on Black Friday with an already huge library of games most’ve them never touched or heard of; here I am as a person though excited, wouldn’t even touch my free money  to buy them. So lets finally get to the point of this article and wow was this the longest intro I’ve ever typed.

Dark Confidant #2 – Do We Really Need New Consoles Yet?

Let’s go back to when the “Xbox 720″ and Playstation 4 were just rumors. My initial thought was, “Mmmm new consoles might be nice, but I don’t know…” this again was back when Next-Gen were just mere rumors. Then the day I saw those conferences where Microsoft and Sony both revealed their newest consoles, my new initial thought was,  ”AWWWW YEAAA,” it was short lived however as both representatives for each console mentioned,”no backwards compatibility.” On top of that, old accessories wouldn’t work, downloads don’t transfer, you can’t cross console play, and my acquaintances not having any money at all, why am I still supposed to be excited again?

Bringing it all up to current date, lets look at launch price for both consoles. PlayStation 4 retails for $400 plus tax and the Xbox One retails for $500 plus tax, not a big problem here for Xbox One fans since if you’re gonna spend $400 what’s another 100. Now on to launch titles:

+ PlayStation 4/ Xbox One
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Just Dance 2014, Lego Marvel: Super Heroes, Madden NFL 25, NFL 2K14, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed Rivals, and Skylanders: SWAP Force

Wait a minute – Isn’t all these games already on current-gen consoles? I could just get them for my consoles I have right now and save some money? Ok Forget that then, lets get to the actual launch titles that aren’t on current gen.

Xbox One
PlayStation 4

Dead Rising 3

Forza Motorsport 5

Ryse: Son of Rome

Crimson Dragon

Killer Instinct

Fighter Within

Powerstar Golf

Zoo Tycoon

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