Everyone knows the Playstation has a significant lead over the Xbox One and the Wii U but does this lead to a change in the level of innovation we will see in future consoles? Both the Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U tried to bring something different to the table but these risks backfired and paved the way for the Playstation domination that followed. Are the general gaming public afraid of change? Surely there will be less risks taken due to the public backlash seen against the early Xbox One we seen pre-launch.
The PS4 is a wonderful machine, it’s slick, powerful and outperforms the other two by quite some margin but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It’s a console that plays games and basically a graphically superior PS3. It was because of the publics lack of interest in innovation that has ultimately led to its success. Proposed ideas of a digital future, second screens, revolutionary gamepads and the Kinect have all been failed ideas so far this generation, with gamers preferring a standard controller at an affordable price with slightly improved graphics. This is detrimental for the console industry as a whole, it was innovation that helped differentiate gaming on a console from gaming on a PC, the lines being somewhat blurred nowadays.
We must ask ourselves what our console can do that a PC cannot and the current state of play means that currently stands at not a lot. Pretty much anything I can do on my PS4 my PC can do ten times better (albeit at a higher price tag). The Nintendo Wii should speak volumes in what innovation can lead to. The motion technology embraced by everyone, not just a select group of people with an over enthusiastic view on videogames. Unfortunately it seems like risks are going to be taken far less in the future, the public have spoken and don’t want change which for me is worrying and a big step back for console gaming.
Of course we have the recently announced VR and AR technology, but these are optional and because of this are likely to be ill-received by the average gamer. Microsoft had the right idea in the first place, they had a vision of the future of games which in DRM which is an inevitability but instead bottled it because of the vocal minority, something I feel they may regret. It’s because of the lack of innovation that consoles are now separated solely by their hardware prowess. Each console offers a very similar experience, with nothing really changing from last-gen. Hell, Nintendo made a bit of a turd with their gamepad but at least they stood by their turd, even if that meant failure. This bringing me to the conclusion that Microsoft are cowards and a victim due to their own wrongdoings.
It’s a sorry state for console gaming right now, arguments are about which console runs a game in 1080p and 60FPS, where the argument really should of been about what the console actually does that’s different to the others. It’s because of a lack of risk taken that we see the rabid fanboys trolling the internet about which console is better than the other, it’s because their is no clear answer to which is best.
If consoles fail and this the last generation we see then the big three companies only have themselves to blame. Sony for the lack of imagination and creativity, Microsoft for not sticking to their guns and Nintendo for not further continuing innovation in the way we all expected. Of course, no risks will be taken and mobile/tablet gaming will be seen as a cheaper alternative in the future and eventually take over. Their are many viable platforms for playing games these days, none of the consoles are keeping me interested enough to stay a console gamer forever. Sort it out guys!