Console Wars

I’m sure like most of you out there, you’ve been following the E3 news on the new consoles. To be honest, I’m more confused than ever, but right now it does appear that the Playstation 4 has a slight upper hand. I do believe though I’m not going to get into a big hurry to get either one at launch, mostly because the games I’m wanting are going to be for the current generation. I’ll give it time for the battles to sort themselves out and for actual reviews from gamers to come in before I actually make a purchase.

I mentioned confusion, well there is that. Microsoft has apparently backpedaled from their used game stance. Now they say it will be up to the publishers on how licenses go and what not. If that’s the case, good for Microsoft for listening to the community. However it also seems like passing the buck. I did read that what Microsoft is doing is similar to what Sony is doing now. I don’t if that is true or not since I don’t own a PS3 and am not sure how used games work on it. On XBox 360 you buy the used game, stick it in the console and it works. If publishers are going to require the purchase of a license to play a used game, they really will need to come up with a price that is reasonable for gamers. If they don’t, there won’t be a need for used games and it won’t be long before the Gamestops of the world go under.

Truthfully, as a casual gamer, I don’t understand the overall need to complicate this stuff up. I want a console where you simply put a game in a play. I don’t want to have to jump through several log in screens, activation codes and crap like that just to simply play a game. I miss the days of putting a cartridge in a console, turning the power on, turning the power off, taking the cartridge out and blowing on it, replacing cartridge in console then turning the power on and playing. When I want to play a game, I want to play. I don’t need online, I don’t need DLC, I simply want to play.

I just wish the console makers would take that kind of thing into account when making these things. Maybe create a stripped down version of the console that only played games. I mean really, is it necessary to have your console posting to Facebook every single time you do something in a game? For me, I don’t think so.

All I’m saying is that it would be nice to have the choice.

If any of you Playstation 3 owners would leave a comment about how used games currently work in the PS3, I’d be glad to hear that. Maybe I read the article wrong and they meant that the XBox One would be like how the PS4 will be when it comes to used games. I’m not sure so any insight would be appreciated.

UPDATE: Just saw an article that mentioned the PS4 and used games. Apparently with the PS4 you will be able to sell, trade in and lend games. So it seems there’s this point in Sony’s favor as well.


Originally published June 12, 2013