Do You Question The "Holy Sh**" Factor Of Next-Gen Consoles?
It's always exciting when a new round of consoles arrives.
There's always that first moment of turning on the TV after everything is hooked up; you're tense with anticipation and you're just waiting for your jaw to drop. It was a little more prominent in the old days, 'cuz without the Internet, you really had no idea what to expect. Well, there may have been a few fuzzy commercials but besides that, launch day was very much a big surprise.
And it's not that we haven't been wowed by new machines during the Internet age. I'm just wondering if the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have that huge "wow" factor cache, you know? We're talking about two game consoles comprised of relatively common off-the-shelf PC components, and we're not seeing anything all that innovative from the launch lineups, either. There are some promising new titles, certainly, and more power and capability is always good. Still, I can't help but think that this time around, there may be a little less of that "wow" factor.
I'm expecting to be satisfied and maybe even impressed, but I'm not expecting to be on the floor, eyes wide, jaw slack, staring at the new awesome virtual entertainment before me. It's not that I'm too old for such a reaction; it's just that the technical advancements may not be quite as awe-inspiring as we've seen in the past. I mean, going from the Atari to the NES, the 2D machines to the N64 and PlayStation, even the PlayStation to the PS2; those were enough to knock your socks off. This time, though, I have a feeling my socks will be staying on.
10/24/2013 10:19:59 PM Ben Dutka