Are the next-gen consoles really worth the hype?

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Now that the next generations of consoles are out to the public, are they really worth your money?

Here are some reasons you might want to get either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 right now.

  • The PS4 and the Xbox One are both great consoles and offer features that you might not find in the PS3 and Xbox 360.
  • They both have about 16 times the amount of RAM than the current gen consoles.

Well, you might ask, what does this mean? This means that you would be able to do a lot more things with the next-gen than the current generation of consoles. Both the PS4 and Xbox One are able to record gameplay and share it online. If you are into livestreaming your games, the PS4 currently has streaming available to Twitch and Ustream, and the Xbox One is getting this in “early 2014.”

But what if you just don’t care about streaming and sharing gameplay? Both of these consoles create better-looking games and run them better. A great example would be that Battlefield 4 runs at 60 fps with 64 players — in the past, only PC players have gotten to experience that luxury. Another thing that has massively improved is the motion-sensing capabilities of the Kinect and the PS Move. The Kinect 2.0 is extremely advanced: This camera comes with every Xbox One and can measure your heart rate and has a great voice recognition that is integrated into the Xbox One user interface. The PS camera has also improved a lot, since it has two camera lenses instead of one, and the PS4 also has voice recognition.

The controllers for these devices has also been revamped, with most of the changes coming to the PS4 controller. The PS4 controller has received improved triggers, a touchpad, and different analog stick design, all of which improve on the PS3 DualShock 3, which some didn’t like because it wasn’t comfortable. The Xbox One’s controller also improves upon its predecessor. The triggers now have a rumble to them, which feels excellent in first-person shooters and racing games such as Forza 5. The analog sticks have a grip around the edges, which help your fingers stay on the controller.

The games

Many games are extremely fun for both consoles, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, which to be honest hasn’t changed all that much from past Call of Dutys, and other games such as NBA 2K or FIFA (and other sports games) look fantastic on these consoles — no more ugly audiences or athletes.

The Xbox One features great exclusives such as Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5, which is one of the only games than runs at 60 fps and 1080p native resolution on the console and also has been praised for its physics and visuals. The PS4 has great exclusives such as Killzone: Shadow Fall, which offer new styles of first-person combat. The PS4 also comes with 30-day PS Plus subscription, which is great because there are some really great free games in the PS Plus instant collection (such as a Resogun, a modern take on the old arcade shooter Defender). And if you have a PS3, this service offers you games worth more than $1,000. The PS4 also offers great free-to-play games that don’t require PS Plus such as Black Light: Retribution and War Frame, with more being added to this collection.

Why you might want to wait

So, overall, this is all great, right? But You might want to know why you shouldn’t get a next-gen console right now.

Some games aren’t exactly working really well; one an example of this would be Battlefield 4, which crashes more than it should and can be unplayable at times. Although developers are working to fix these problems, this should still be taken into consideration.

Both consoles have great exclusives, but none of them seem to be getting very good reviews. Take Knack, which is a PS4 exclusive that got many negative reviews because of its not-so-interesting story and uneven difficulty. And on the Xbox One, even though Ryse: Son of Rome might have a mediocre storyline, the combat seems to be extremely repetitive with a lot of quick-time events. Also frequently, launch games feel rushed or unfinished. Games that release after launch seem to be better-looking and finished. Also, most of the exclusives so far seem to be mediocre.

Waiting might be a better option since many great games are coming out in early 2014 such as Watch Dogs, Destiny, and one of the most-anticipated Xbox One console exclusives, Titanfall, which all come out next year. Another thing to consider is the numerous reports show PS4 and Xbox One hardware failure. This problem has not affected many people, but it should be taken into account.

Another reason you might want to wait is that a lot of features for both consoles haven’t even been released yet. For example, the PS4’s suspend and resume gameplay feature hasn’t been implemented yet, but Sony has said that they will release a patch with this update. PS4’s game streaming service, Gaikai, also isn’t ready yet, though that’s coming in 2014.¬†The Xbox One doesn’t feature Twitch streaming at launch; however, as previously stated, it is said to be releasing in early 2014.

And another reason to wait: not everyone is getting a next-gen console right now, and getting one now might leave you playing alone, so waiting might allow you to enjoy these great systems with your friends.

And the verdict …

So, what’s the final verdict? If you really want to enjoy better graphics, better performance, and an overall better experience, go ahead buy one of these next-gen consoles. However, if you want to experience the full potential of these consoles, waiting a little might be better since more people will own one of these and more features will appear — along with better games.

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