The Xbox 360 is updating to the Xbox 720, integrating Kinect functionality and allowing newer games and services to take advantage of new hardware technology for better graphics. But why is Sony dragging their feet on the Playstation 4?
Let’s analyze why it should at least be hyped by this point, shall we?
The Playstation 3 has been in my possession almost as long as my Xbox 360 – I got one the first Christmas they were available, even with the shootouts going on over them.
Well fast-forward to now and I’m still using the same console, with Skyrim lagging on it worse than Crysis on MS-DOS (slight exaggeration).
The new PS3 consoles don’t have the backward-compatibility, and the old ones like mine don’t have the updated hardware needed to run newer games fluidly.
You see, as newer graphics cards become standard in both computers and the new Xbox 720 slated out soon, game developers are simply not going to intentionally cripple their games just so the first generation of PS3 hardware can run the game.
Likewise, Kinect will be standard in the Xbox 720 while the Playstation Move analog continues to not fly off the shelves into the hands of consumers. However, the PS4 will undoubtedly include this as a standard accessory, unless Sony blew all the revenue from Playstation Vita on crack cocaine (I wouldn’t put it past them).
On that note, with the Vita Sony has been focusing more on the mobile gaming market with Vita – a front predominately led by Nintendo with their 3DS. And continuing the success of the PSP, Sony is genuinely doing a good job with that.
So Vita has been a success, yet recall that just as the PS3 was the console spouse of the PSP, Vita is single and getting desperate here.
Where their mobile gaming leads, their consoles falter. There is a dire need for the PS4 and now. I eagerly look forward to it what with PSN being free, however: lately games are requiring PSN Pro in order for online play to be established, which does little more than drive me back to PC gaming.
If Sony will ever get their shit together (pause for laughter to subside) with their consoles and PSN, they might just climb a little more out of the hole they’ve dug themselves reputation-wise and hardware-wise. Lets not forget the massive PSN hack.
So what do you think, is it time for an updated console or what? Comment away.
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