Nintendo Switch!! (The NX Revealed!!!)

Unless you have been living under a rock these past few months you have undoubtedly been berated by nonstop rumors and speculation about Nintendo’s new console code-named the NX. What could this device Nintendo has been cooking up be? What could NX stand for? What would become of the Wii U? Ok that last one was an easy one. The Wii U, despite my unending love and appreciation for the console sold terribly and needed to be replaced badly by something consumers can understand. So enter the many many many months of guessing. Thankfully Nintendo has decided to finally show off their new concept in this preview.

 

Now I am completely excited for this new console…though I’m not too crazy about the name. Switch? I dunno it just doesn’t scream hype to me. Then again neither did Wii or Wii U or hell even the Vita. Whatever in time I’m sure I’ll be fine with it. What you saw here was that it is a sort of hybrid console. Essentially it’s a home console you can take on the go. Pretty exciting stuff. Especially since Nintendo is not actually splitting their resources between a separate home console and portable. They have bridged the two together in part thanks to how popular smart devices have become. Not to mention the removable controller features. I hope this doesn’t negatively effect the rumble capability of the Switch. I really value a good rumble. Also I hope that replacement controller parts won’t be too expensive. But all that will be released with time so for now I’m really excited for Nintendo. I can’t wait for the Switch to be released. Hmm actually it doesn’t sound so bad now. The Switch. Ok I can see what you were going for Nintendo.

Now with all that outta the way there are some things that I hope Nintendo will do with this machine. In fact I have a list so here are my 5 wishes for the Switch.

1) A Virtual Console that is updated much more frequently with new games from various publishers/developers and that uses our Nintendo Accounts so we won’t have to buy the same games over and over and over again. Plus it helps to always have something to play on the console.

2) A really solid price. To be honest I don’t think the Switch should cost more than $250. This is mostly because due to the portable nature of the Switch it can be assumed that it is not going to be a graphical powerhouse like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Both of which start at around $299 (with the “fat” Xbox One gong for less I imagine). So Nintendo has to keep in mind the expectations that people have now when it comes to power. $300 will get a person a PlayStation 4 with the best graphics but will they pay the same, or perhaps more, for essentially a weaker powered concept? Keep in mind that the Wii was only $249.99 when it launched as well.

3) Backwards Compatibility. It’s really difficult to see how it can work with the Switch but I’m gonna assume that it will not be backwards compatible with the Wii U. At least not physically. As in if you bought a digital title and its linked to your Nintendo Account (which I really really hope keeps these things in mind!) you can play it on the Switch. Maybe the Switch can connect with the Wii U gamepad? I’m not sure. It probably won’t. However due the use of cartridges for the Switch I wonder if it can play 3DS or DS games through it’s cartridge slot. Again I’m not too sure but it would be cool. Or they could release an add on for such features similar to what they did in the 90’s with the Super Game Boy for the Super Nintendo. This will also help in adding value and content to the Switch as well.

4) Constant content. What I mean by this is a reason to turn on the console. Switch is not just a name or an adjective describing the console. It’s also an action. Now in the preview trailer it was pretty clear that “switch” meant the ability to switch between displays to play your home console games on the go. But I wanna see switch evolve further. I want this console to enable people to truly switch to a Nintendo product when they go out. For this to happen Nintendo needs app support beyond what is obvious and expected. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video are nice but it would be pretty cool to see Nintendo support things like Spotify, Social media apps, their own mobile games and by extension (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) other mobile games. This would make it so that while the average Switch user want’s to play their Nintendo games on the go they also would not have to lug around other devices beyond their phone. Although if they did maybe they would realize the value in having real games, as opposed to just mobile games, on the go?  Plus it would be helpful in keeping your phone battery fairly charged. Though the Switch’s would probably drain fairly fast. Hmm I’m assuming this battery life will be at least 5 hours. It would be great if it were 8 or at least if Nintendo allowed us to buy stronger batteries in the future. Is that a separate wish though? I dunno Let’s just make the battery life wish a branch off the content one. They go hand in hand after all….right?

5)  Different colors. Now I know this is probably the most superfluous wish here but I’m getting tired of every new piece of tech being black. Hell white somehow seems to be a more refreshing color but even that is getting boring now. I always appreciated how the Gamecube had different colors and let’s not forget that Nintendo’s portables always eventually got new colors as well so maybe just maybe the Switch can launch with a red or blue or hell green. I dunno don’t just go with black. Though I will admit this isn’t exactly a deal breaker so let’s just move on.

So that’s about it. Are you excited for the Switch? I am. Though truthfully I just wanna play Zelda. Breath of the Wild can’t come out soon enough!

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The PlayStation 4 Pro Has Been Announced!

Unless you have been living under a rock you undoubtedly have heard the news that the rumored PlayStation Neo is real and is in fact called the PlayStation 4 Pro. This “new” console (if you can even call it new. I’m not even sure what new means in this generation anymore) will support true 4K specs and will naturally allow for developers to make some better looking games. Should you be excited? My response is no. In fact hell no. You should be skeptical that this will lead to any innovation in the industry.

I am of the opinion that better graphics do not make for better games. Games are truly great when their gameplay or stories or both are compelling and engaging. When you look at gaming that way graphics are not that important in the overall scheme of things. Take a look at Shovel Knight, Cave Story, The Binding of Isaac, Axiom Verge these Indie games do not have realistic boundary pushing graphics but are wildly fun to play. They are also very successful, popular and have been released somewhat recently. It’s really difficult to gauge what Sony and Microsoft, with their Scorpio, see in this generation of gaming. It’s clear that they no longer believe in the somewhat dated, yet functional process, of having a dedicated games console for 4-7 years and then replacing it with something new and hopefully stronger. The benefit to this has always been that the first 2 years will be the growing pains cycle where developers will usually not release anything worth while they try to figure out the console’s advantages and disadvantages. More often you get games that don’t look to nice, function a little obtusely or just don’t age that well. However the upside was that once that period was over you had access to better games. Games that made you wanna buy them and have a blast playing. Once that happens that’s when I consider a gaming generation to have truly begun. For example, for me that did not start until I finally played Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Once I finished it I felt that I had truly come in to this current generation.

Of course with the Scorpio and PlayStation Pro looming I can’t help but feel there is no reason for these consoles to exist so damn early. Look 4K looks amazing. It really does. But to apply it to gaming now would be a mistake in my opinion. All it will succeed in doing is making games much more expensive to produce. This will in turn make publishers more conservative when it comes to the types of games they make. So don’t be surprised if everything that ends up being made is a shooter of some sort. It’s the genre that is arguably the most popular currently. So any new IP that could be made will just follow the path of genre stagnation. Now I’m not trying to jump on an anti shooter bandwagon but come on. So many games now are shooters and even more are first person. Trying to appeal to as many people to recoup the cost of development is not necessarily a good thing. Do you really want to be in a world where Uncharted 4 gets another re-release in the same generation? That’s what could happen. Games just released will get re-releases to take advantage of 4K.

It’s pretty obvious that both Sony and Microsoft are looking now to compete with PC’s in terms of raw power and processing. This is not a smart strategy at all. Why? Because no matter what gaming box Sony or Microsoft make it’s ultimately going to be outdated by the tech advancements of tomorrow and I do mean that quite literally. Like how as soon as you buy a computer within a week it’s already technically outdated. When you are competing with a platform whose parts are constantly evolving you are forgetting the key concept of having a dedicated gaming platform. GAMES. PC’s are our gateway to the internet, our business tools, things students use to write papers or thesis'(sometimes even pirate), a communication tool to loved ones, a device to process high amounts of information at high speeds and yeah it can play games too. PC’s have to be constantly updated because the world demands that of them. Their upgrades dictate the software that we use. Not our games. To apply this logic to game consoles pretty much means you want to nickel and dime the consumer or market yourselves to a very small group who have the expendable income to buy all the things needed to take advantage of these upgrades. Not to mention that the games made will be compatible across all the “weaker” consoles too. But for how long? Even games made on PC’s stop supporting certain video cards after a while so what does this mean for the PS4 Pro and Scorpio? Seem stupid yet?

There is a lot to dislike about this. But at least the PlayStation 4 Pro will be able to play those 4K movies right? Nah apparently it won’t but the Xbox One S can? Boy I sure do miss gaming from my childhood.

 

 

 

Metal Gear….Survive???????

 

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What in the hell did I just see???

Konami put up a trailer for what is going to be the first Metal Gear game since Kojima left them. Now I never had any real hopes that Konami would actually be able to make great Metal Gear games. I only wished for the laziest remake of Metal Gear 1 and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake done in the Fox Engine. That’s it. That’s all I hoped for. Turns out Konami wants to create a cooperative game where you survive against some kind of biological threat. As you can probably imagine this was not met with the warmest reception especially since everyone is still angry about that Metal Gear Solid 3 pachinko machine that’s out there. My feelings? I honestly don’t really give a shit. In fact I’m not surprised that this is what Konami wants to do in a post Kojima Metal Gear game. Though I will say the wormholes being an important plot point is goofy as hell and detracts from me taking the game seriously.

That isn’t entirely true though. I do feel somewhat disappointed but only in the sense that Konami has pretty much given up on ever making “traditional” video games. So while they may continue to make PES for the years to come I see now that they are more concerned with short term profit and possibly annualization of very few franchises. Metal Gear Survive I feel is just an attempt to capture the audience who enjoys games like Left 4 Dead. However I’m only speculating since the game is not released yet. I think it’s clear that this game will be primarily online co-op. So if there exists a competitive mode where 4 on 4 teams compete against each other its not too far-fetched to assume that Metal Gear Survive could be Konami’s foray into the world of competitive E-sports. So essentially Konami might have 3 streams of revenue. PES, E-sports, and Pachinko….Can anyone explain to me what the hell Pahcinko is and how you play it? It seems insane.

Getting back on point. What Konami is doing is taking their established franchises and turning them into low risk profit makers. I have no idea if this is benefiting their bottom line or is even economically feasible but this is what they have been doing for the past few years now. Like I said earlier I’m not surprised. But that’s because of how stagnated the gaming industry has become and the simultaneous rise in free to play apps. Konami seems to be taking a risk alienating Metal Gear fans with this new “Metal Gear” game but really is it unique? It doesn’t look it to me. Will it be fun? I have no idea. I don’t plan on buying it at all but who knows maybe Konami will have a massive hit on them and if so then maybe they will return to traditional game development and then I can get my lazy remakes or at least a Castlevania reboot that pays homage to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure where a Belmont and Dracula actually grew up together and Dracula was a huge dick like Dio. See Konami, I just gave you a million dollar idea right there!

Nintendo’s E3 2016

Now that E3 is officially over and I have collected my thoughts from what Nintendo has shown I can safely say that once again they have reignited a passion within me with what the have done with The Legend of  Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I always thought it was a bit risky focusing so much on just one game but it seems to have worked out. Breath of the Wild for all intents and purposes looks to be the game that I have wanted to play for along time. I am so excited to play it. Go check it out if you have not already!

My only gripe is that I’m not too crazy with the voice telling Link to wake up. Now I am open to Zelda characters having voices I’m just not crazy about this one voice. But aside from that this game looks incredible. The scope of it is just overwhelming and I know i have used the word “creativity” in previous posts but this game has it. Remember how enraged I was with Microsoft for talking teraflops and graphics? Nintendo has shows with this game that even without flopping you can make a game look so beautiful without having the latest tech. It’s something that I value in my game. I will always value the creativity in an art style over realistic graphics (though that is not to say I hate realism. Some games make it work beautifully).

I am also convinced that this game is somehow gonna be The Legend of Zelda’s Phantom Pain. I say this because I can’t stop seeing parallels between the two games. Link can sneak around to get the drop on enemies. Also look at Link’s hair! Doesn’t it look familiar??

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Yeah I know my shit!

MMHMM! Still think I’m crazy? Alright well guess what? Link can use his shield to essentially snowboard on mountains right? Welp you know who else could slide down mountains?

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I cannot unsee the “links” (pun intended, sorry!)

Not to mention of course that they both awaken after a long time has passed get dropped into a massive open world and are expected to make the legend come back to life. Plus you can make both Link and Punished Venom Snake shirtless and can’t they both climb pretty much anything? Well Snake couldn’t climb on everything sadly, but Link can! He makes Spider-Man look like an idiot.

As you can probably tell I’m beyond excited for this game. It’s coming out on both Wii U and NX in 2017. Apparently both versions will be identical. I could say more about Zelda but honestly you’d be doing yourself a favor scrolling up a bit and watching the trailer some more. This game is going to be amazing. I CANNOT WAIT!

Nintendo also showcased a plethora of other games including Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, which look good as well. I’ll be buying myself Sun when it comes out and will more than likely take Popplio.

However there were two 3DS games that I’m also looking forward to. The first is a New IP called Ever Oasis

All I know for sure is that I get to make an oasis in a desert with the most adorable little characters ever. I should also mention that I’m really glad that the main character is a little child of color. You can choose the sex too! It sorta reminds me of Secret of Mana a bit which makes sense given that Koichi Ishii (Director of Secret of Mana) is heading Ever Oasis  as well.

The second 3DS game I am highly anticipating is Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. Aside from having the coolest title I am also a huge Dragon Quest fan.

I’m really happy that this game comes out on September 16th. That way I don’t have long to wait! I just realized that although I love Dragon Quest, I have yet to beat any of them. I know I know it’s bad but I have this habit where I make it really far in a game and then life happens and I end up not going back to finish it. In my case this has happened with like 4 Dragon Quest games. So I guess I better get off my ass and finish a few right?

Anyway that about sums up my E3 impressions. Overall this was not a particularly exciting E3 for me but what Nintendo has done with Zelda saved it. I love Nintendo and as a hardcore fan of theirs it’s great to see that despite the internet and 3rd Party developer’s hating them, they can still make an incredible game that makes every other game look crappy. OOH shots fired. But yeah ZELDA IS COMING WOOOOOH!!!!!!! Ok I’m done now.

Sony’s E3 2016

I think the word “Yup” perfectly captures my reactions to Sony’s E3 conference. It’s rather difficult for me to really elaborate with more than just a stoic, resounding “Yup”. What I mean is that nothing really stood out to make me lose my shit or run around all excited like I was 6 years old again and thankfully, nothing pissed me off either (like Microsoft). There were a few games that I am looking forward to and interestingly enough a couple surprises too. So I think I’ll list off what I am looking forward to from the conference and then offer some thoughts about the presentation.

  1. God of War

    I have played all the God of War games to date. What I can say is that Kratos is a damn moron who is so completely unlikable. Yet his games are really cool. I love the fast fluid combat and the feeling of being an overpowered dumb piece of shit who seems to think his vengeance is justified (Ya did it to yourself Kratos. You really did. No one forced you to kick down a door to some house and swing with reckless abandon) So with this game I am eager to see where they take this character and to see if he is still a dumb piece of shit (I’m willing to bet he probably is).
  2. Horizon Zero Dawn

    Last year I saw this game get announced and I believe it had a small trailer. Well this year we got more of a look at it. It seems really interesting but a bit redundant. It’s essentially a 3rd person shooter/adventure with scavenging added. We have played this game before. However, I am still interested in the main character Aloy. There are not enough female leads in games and this is a very refreshing take on a tried and true gameplay style. So I’m very invested in finding out who Aloy is and what her story turns out to be.
  3. Resident Evil 7

    After the shit-show that was apparently Resident Evil 6 (I have yet to play it but I have not heard good things), RE7 was the last thing I expected to see. Naturally as a fan of the series I am excited…but to be honest I’m not too impressed with what I saw. It’s in 1st person with seemingly nothing to do with any of the old cast. Personally I’m waiting for the return of cool guy BILLY COEN. But sadly that probably will never happen. Anyway the game so far seems like Capcom looked at PT when it was alive, saw Konami grind it into dust and then went…”Well we can do that can’t we?”
  4. Final Fantasy XV

    I love Final Fantasy. I grew up with the series. Currently I am replaying Final Fantasy VIII because of how much I enjoyed it when I was young. XV on the other hand looks really dumb and obnoxious. Also why is every playable character male? It should be called sausage fest XV. But whatever. I’ll reserve judgement for when it comes out and I play it. I just hope I enjoy it more than XIII. I still have nightmares about that game. I fucking hate Snow. Holy shit does he just ruin the game. OH FFXV also is supporting PlayStation VR. More on that in a bit.
  5. The Crash Bandicoot remakes
    Yeah this was announced. I was kind of excited and then I got a little worried since Crash is technically still owned by Activision so who the hell knows how that is gonna turn out. But I was excited for about 3 seconds there Sony. Hoh shit was I.
  6. The Last Guardian

    My only reaction was “oh shit it’s still real!”. Here’s hoping the game lives up to the hype surrounding it.
  7. Death Stranding

    IT’S HIDEO KOJIMA’S NEW GAME HOLY SHIT! I’m happy for him I really am. He’s one of my favorite game designers and Metal Gear inspired this here site of mine so yeah I’m so excited for Kojima-senpai! I just wish he could have told us more about the game beyond the name and that we could have seen more than Norman Reedus’ ass. It looks better then Danny DeVito ass, so that’s a plus I guess. That’s about it.

Sony let their vast showcase of games impress everyone. They didn’t even mention the Neo. Probably because they had a feeling that it would slap early adopters in the face, like Microsoft did. Funny how lately all Sony has to do to succeed is go the EXACT opposite way of Microsoft. However if there was one thing I did not enjoy about the presentation it was the segment on VR. I am a VR skeptic. I don’t care how many games you put on the damn thing because if it’s $400 for a friggen helmet in addition to the cost of the console I’m looking at a total investment of anywhere from $700-$800 dollars. Plus when the PlayStation Neo comes out it’ll probably be more expensive as a console so the overall investment for PlayStation VR comes in pretty close to $1000. No way in hell am I spending that. Whatever. Look VR seems to be the thing that the tech industry is forcing down our throats. It’s gonna be everywhere so for now I get to be an enraged Media Scholar as I look for a cane to wave in the air while I act bitter like an old man complaining about new tech sucking us dry. I will end this by saying for all my complaining Sony has convinced me to want a PlayStation 4 so hopefully sometime soon I can pick one up. I need to play Persona 5 when that drops. I would have mentioned it but it was not in the conference so yeah.

Microsoft’s E3 (Let’s Talk about Xbox)

I just watched Microsoft’s E3. There are no words to describe the level of confusion, anger, and bafflement at this company. At first I was happy, not excited, but I felt fine. Microsoft showed off the Xbox One S and I was impressed. It is about damn time this thing gets a slimmer model because I hate the giant-ass console I have in my living room that Microsoft thought was okay. So cool, the Xbone is getting a slim redesign with a bigger hard drive and “new” controller. Fascinating shit there, Microsoft. What else do you have? Obviously a bunch of games, 90% of them shooters. It’s your standard Microsoft fare. Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Battlefield 1, all the games that you are already used to seeing on Microsoft’s game catalog. There were very few games that I was personally interested in like Recore, Tekken 7 (I fucking love me some Tekken), Dead Rising 4, Cuphead, and of course, Scalebound. That’s about it because the rest of what was shown was astonishingly boring to me. However, there was one thing that I noticed, though, that kept resounding throughout their presentation.

I noticed that for all of the showcased games, they kept saying that digital purchases would carry over to Windows 10. So if you get Gears of War 4 on Xbone, you can get the Windows 10 version for free. Your saved progress carries over and you can seamlessly play between devices. This was something Microsoft made damn sure was understood. So I analyzed the situation like this: Microsoft recognized the value of gaming. I mean, that’s the only reason they ever created the first Xbox. They saw it would make them a lot of money. Now to ensure this, they also crafted Xbox Live and stamped a $60 a year membership cost. So Microsoft would not only make money off their console and first-party games, they are also making a pretty penny off of Xbox Live as a service. Now, this made sense because this meant that if you paid your $60, you can play with your friends over Xbox and have a blast. BUT now that these same games are coming to Windows, what is the incentive to keep buying into Xbox live when you don’t have to pay to play online on PCs? Does Microsoft see their IP as more valuable and competitive then Steam? I ask this because Steam has completely leveled the field when it comes to PC Gaming. You can play online with your friends for free and get all kinds of games for dirt cheap when they go on sale, which they do…frequently. Not to mention that Steam is such an intuitive and easy-to-use service. Now in a world where Steam exists and is loved by many, why the hell does Microsoft think it can compete with Steam? My answer is that they can’t. I’m actually surprised that they aren’t trying to sell their games through Steam with the stipulation that they’d be available only to Windows 10 users. Then again, I’d be equally surprised that a company that sees itself as more of a service than a platform would suddenly use a competitor to sell their games.

This brings me to the final part of their conference which was the big announcement that Xbox One Scorpio is a thing. Don’t know what that is? It’s basically what Microsoft SHOULD have made the Xbox One. They showed off a bunch of developers talking about it and they all said the same things. Its “true” 4K graphics (again almost typed $K instead of 4K) and its “6 Teraflops” (Are teraflops the new bits? Like 16 bit? I dunno, whatever, anything with -flop as a suffix sounds really dumb). My rough translation is this: “Hi, at Microsoft Studios we use graphics as a crutch to justify our lack of creativity in designing our games. We know many of you flocked to the PlayStation 4 because of how powerful it is and we get it. So we made a new console that is even stronger than the PlayStation 4, so please buy it…please?” Now, they did announce that all games will be compatible between the original Xbone, the slim, and this Scorpio. But as you can tell, I am enraged by this announcement. For me, it comes down to one question: WHY?! Why make this console at all? How am I supposed to believe that there are not gonna be any games that take advantage of these 6 glorious teraflops that just can’t work on the older models because…they aren’t 6 teraflops? Are they even 1 teraflop? Do they flop at all??? Plus if the games expected to be compatible between all Xbox One models, how can any one game truly take advantage of the power inside the Scorpio? I believe that they can’t, and eventually, games will become exclusive to the Scorpio. Anyway, my point here is this: Better graphics do NOT make for a better game. You know what does? Gameplay. Unique and/or fun gameplay. You know why classic games are considered to be timeless? It’s because they are just fun to play. Rarely is it because they just look good.

You know what better graphics do improve? A game’s budget. If a game is expected to output 4K graphics with 6 Teraflops of fun, I’m willing to bet this requires more time and effort on the side of the developers, while the publishers will be putting on pressure for a best selling game. Now to alleviate the costs, they will make a game that appeals to as many people as possible. What this results in is a game that has no identity and plays exactly like previous games, and there’s an 80% chance that it’ll be a shooter of some sort with a lead male protagonist who may or may not be white. Better graphics do not make better games. You know what does? Creativity. So thanks, Microsoft, I truly feel like buying your Xbone was such a worthwhile investment. Especially since I only paid $320 dollars for the friggen thing and it came bundled with both the best Assassin’s Creed game (Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag) and the WORST (Assassin’s Creed: Unity).

Let’s Talk About the PlayStation Neo

Unless you have been living under a rock these past couple of months you have seen rather annoying speculation about these “new” consoles coming in from Sony and Microsoft and that’s coming after Nintendo NX rumor #8912476384813947321. So seeing as how I just woke up, opened my twitter and saw this, I decided to write down my thoughts on this. Now thankfully there is not anything too alarming in this announcement beyond the admission the friggen thing exists and that current PS4 users will not miss out on any software, at least not yet anyway. I just find it hard to believe that if you are promising better graphics that you wont have at least 1 game that takes advantage of it. Unless they are gonna re-release Uncharted 4 or something idiotic like that. I would laugh so hard if that ever happened.

Anyway this got me thinking about this generation of game console. To be honest it’s not that great. I say this mainly because the most popular console, The PS4, is nothing more than a refinement of what the PS3 should have been. That isn’t to call it a bad console by no means but it just lacks a certain identity to me. Especially when so many of these games releasing on it are so redundant to play. Obviously there are a few new games out there but nothing like previous generations. So imagine my reaction when only a few short years into this cycle we’re getting a new console. For what reason? Probably to make even more $$$ off the PlayStation brand. As you can probably tell I’m not a very big fan of this idea. Especially since it’s a symptom of redundancy, a trend that has been long standing in this generation of games.

I want to point out that the bulk majority of the games on the PS4 are “remasters”. You can’t even look up future game releases without seeing at least 1 old game cropping back up for relevance. I remember back when the PS4 was first released and Naughty Dog releases The Last of Us on it.The-Last-of-Us-Remastered

I was really confused especially since it was not really too long ago that the original game came out. Sony’s rationale was that a lot of gamers buying a PS4 may not have played it since they may not have had the PS3. Sounds fine right? It makes sense. But my counter argument would have been to have just added backwards compatibility from the start and just have gamers buy it if they wanted to. At least then it wouldn’t be seen as a blatant attempt to milk an already successful game.

Now Sony really isn’t the problem here. They aren’t, trust me. Its technology. We live in a world where every year a new phone gets released and with slight insignificant upgrades. People line up in droves for this and willingly spend hundreds of dollars for something they already have. Now it doesn’t help that because Smartphones are so popular that they are being considered gaming devices as well. Remember all that talk about the death of consoles? Have you noticed the rise of mobile games? So what I’m saying here is if we already allow this phenomena in our phones why shouldn’t big companies apply the same logic to their game consoles? That’s what Sony has seen and that’s why the PS4 Neo exists. (Side note: I accidentally typed PS$ while writing that and noticed that 4 and $ share the same key. Wow)

I want to address Nintendo now because they do this a lot too but usually with their portable handhelds. Nintendo has always handled upgrades in a better way. Let’s take a look at the 3DS vs the New 3DS. On paper nothing seems different other than an extra controller nub and amiibo support. But you can customize the New one (as long as it’s not the XL) with face plates that give it a more unique look. So would this be worth the $200 investment? I’m not sure. You decide that for yourself. Should you decide it isn’t but you want amiibo support for your copy of Super Smash Bros. then guess what? Nintendo released an NFC reader just for the 3DS family to use.23937309

See what Nintendo did was take a major component of the upgraded console and make it modular should people not want to invest in a whole new machine. Modular upgrades should be more common nowadays because it at least gives a more affordable option to people who have already invested in a piece of tech. Remember the Nintendo 64? Nintendo did the same thing there. A modular upgrade to make the console more powerful to play bigger games.

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I got mine bundled with Donkey Kong 64.

I’m presenting two schools of thought when it comes to upgrading. A blatant attempt to milk more money or something that can make your technology work better but is entirely optional. I wish Sony would have thought about a modular solution for 4K. But honestly it wouldn’t make a very big difference. Graphics are already hitting a wall when it comes to improving them. I really can’t see graphics getting any better. Maybe clearer? Like the new televisions on the market today. Besides, creativity should be more of a concern anyway. Make something truly unique and new.