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The final Straw, Consoles are dead to me!

Posted on 10/11/2013 by with 9 comments

Consoles

As enter the verge of the release of the latest and greatest in consoles (Xbox one and PS4), I have come to the conclusion that I won’t be getting either of them. Yes, everyone knows that I’m a long time PC gamer and that I do play consoles on occasion only so this isn’t really a big deal.

Yes these new consoles are sure to be the best ever with much improved performance and graphics getting much closer to that of the PC.

When I do play a console I normally do it in a group and it is something that we can all have fun together and there is also the ease of getting some quick gaming in too.

The biggest problem I have is the greed of console companies expecting us to pay extra for online game play that’s where I draw the line. Just another extortion attempt to try to get us to pay for something we are already paying. Or I assume you already pay for your internet connection, so why do I have to pay for it again when I play multi-player games.

I have been debating this with myself for the last couple months since the announcements have come out describing that this was going to be the normal practice for console manufacturers. So I might be limiting my game playing and reviews to PC and the older consoles unless something changes in the future.

This is just my opinion welcome your input.

So today I ask you, will you buy and pay for online game play on the new consoles?

9 responses to The final Straw, Consoles are dead to me!

  1. On October 11th, 2013 at 4:17 pm , Jonathan said...

    Well, the “pay for access” model works because the perceived value to the customer is much larger than the other options out there, which to be honest are rather clunky and unintuitive to the average non-PC gamer. We won’t really know how that dynamic will change until the Steam Machines system comes out.

    I’ll most likely be getting both Xbone and PS4, just not at the same time. There’s plenty of good content on the current gens and I’m reluctant to throw all of that away. The fact that both systems were dropping backwards compatibility of ANY kind, thus rendering all purchased games invalid until their respective companies decide to offer some olive branch is what pushed me more towards the pure PC space. That was the most shocking moment for me- that these major console makers were willing to forsake nearly 10 years worth of content in a grab to force players into buying only new games. That to me felt like a slap in the face.

  2. On October 12th, 2013 at 10:06 am , Chris said...

    We can hope that the steam Machines will have an impact on this issue, but being another company taking orders from hire ups I’m sure it will be much of the same, as they all tend to copy each other policies.

    But we can hope!

  3. On October 11th, 2013 at 7:31 pm , Rico said...

    While I do hate having to pay every year for my Xbox Live membership, it does have the occasional perks. For example, they have given away 2 games every month for the past few months, all of which have multiplayer options and also seem to stress it more than the single player campaigns (Magic the Gathering, 2013, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Dead Rising 2, Clash of Heroes). I will say that I have been enjoying PC gaming again, but I have always enjoyed the consoles. I grew up with them, my family bonded over them, and when I have a kid, I will pass the controller down to Player 3 as well. It is a little bit more difficult to do that with a PC. Do I wish the price was less for access? Absolutely. Will I still pay for it? Probably.

  4. On October 12th, 2013 at 10:03 am , Chris said...

    Rico,

    Thanks for the comments, I think you are in majority of people that play consoles. I really wish they would ease up a bit on the prices sometime.

  5. On October 12th, 2013 at 11:38 pm , Rico said...

    Me too. It is getting to be a bit much. Also, during the first couple of months, there are so many bugs and issues to sort through, it is a bit of a nightmare. I will probably end up getting a console, but months after the initial launch and things go well with the Steam machines, it may be the last console I get. The way I look at it right now, though is: if there are games, I will play them on whichever platform makes the most sense for me. 🙂

  6. On October 13th, 2013 at 2:56 pm , Chris said...

    Couldn’t agree with you more Rico.

  7. On October 11th, 2013 at 9:35 pm , OverlordTomala said...

    The only nice thing I see about the new consoles is the updated hardware. Meaning that graphics can now advance in future creations instead of being held back by old console architecture. Because of this the PC ports should look muuuch better.

  8. On October 12th, 2013 at 12:57 am , Helu said...

    They need to pay for running the servers to handle multiplayer, right?

  9. On October 12th, 2013 at 9:58 am , Chris said...

    True but if I play the same game on PC there is no charge, unless something changes

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