Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jun 2013 16:22 UTC
Games "So, to summarise this buyer's guide to next gen consoles: don't." Yahtzee, as usual, nails it. I particularly like the apt description of how you used to buy a console because it had the specific games you wanted, whereas now it feels like you're buying a console because it's holding the games you want hostage.
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PS4 doesn't seem so bad, yet
by Moochman on Wed 5th Jun 2013 21:44 UTC
Moochman
Member since:
2005-07-06

IMHO the PS4 preview video where they interview the console designers and game developers makes it seem like Sony actually has a serious clue about what consumers want in a game console this time around. Social gaming is take it or leave it perhaps, but they are promising to significantly improve the user experience overall as well as cater to indie developers, plus the price will be reasonable at launch, all of which promise to make this a great console. As long as they manage to avoid the DRM issues that MS is dealing with, which really isn't hard to do if they just keep things as they were on the PS3...

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bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

With sony you can never believe anything they say. I think people have figured this out and are waiting for it to release and suckers to buy it before they actually take the dive.

So MS has already torpedo'd their own new gaming console and sony's is shrouded in the mystery of distrust.

I'll bet that sony is going to do most everything MS does on used game lockdown, possibly thinking their lip service to indies will take them over the top. I'd be utterly shocked if sony goes the consumer friendly route (which would definitely lead to ultimate domination next cycle).

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pan0k Member since:
2013-06-05

I agree. If Microsoft is successful in making money from used games, what's there to stop Sony from doing the same? Their Term of Services could change in an instant. Remember originally PS3 was able to play PS2 games and it was able to have "Other OS".

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Sony and consumer-friendly have been mutually exclusive terms for a while.

In any case, most users of these systems care about whichever AAA games they can play on them, with ideological/common sense considerations for their interests as consumers rarely coming into play as purchasing decisions.

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