Ha, ok, laugh at the pictures all you want; but don’t be surprised when it turn out to be like that. If your a gamer, you may speculate about when the next-gen will come into play. We already know when Wii U will be out, but PS4 and Xbox 720(Or what ever number) is still thrown in the air. What I hear less about, is the rumor’s about the next generation. Recently, a rumor came out dealing with the PS4 and Xbox consoles. From what I’ve read, I see some controversial material that may/may not make it’s way into our living rooms. And of course, the gaming community will quickly hash out about it.
One of the rumor’s that came out was that there will be no backward compatibility. Now, I want to clearly state that these are just rumors; It’s not yet confirmed that it is real, but let’s speculate as if it is. Supposedly, both systems are not backward compatibility. To me, I have the 360 and PS3 so it will not effect me that much. But, I know a lot of people that may trade away their 360/PS3 so they may want to play their old games on the new ones. Some may not feel that this is a problem, but a lot will. What if your old system have a problem and you REALLY want to play it? Guess what? Too bad. Now, with the 360, that wasn’t a big deal. You were able to play majority of the first xbox games. But, PS3, this was a problem. If you were lucky to get the fat PS3(The very first models), you were able to play both ps2 and ps1 games. But, if you were a person like me and got the slim version, we are only allowed to play ps1 games. It did give me a headache, but I eventually got over it. We won’t have that option with the PS4. We won’t play it, unless they have it on PSN(Go figure). Now, if I’m lucky, my ps3 will still be in good shape so I won’t pound on the ground yet. I do have a library of games(Which is expanding) and I love to play it over and over again. My only hope is that my game systems don’t go out on me(Darn you Red Rings of Death!!!!!).
Another rumor, and probably the one that got to me the most, is the used game issue. Recently, they stuck the online pass issue with all games(Sony, did). This online pass meant if you buy a used game, you have to pay ten dollars to play online. That was a bit shocker, but developers are going out there way to get there money(Or, what they “think” they deserve). Don’t even bring up on how much money they make from the first sale of the game. I thought “Alright, the developers are wanting some money back, ok. I don’t care for online anyways. I think there are better ways, but whatever.” In the back of my mind, I was worried. Just like everyone else were thinking, this may lead up to something much worse than an online pass. Well, here it is! According to the rumor, Microsoft and Sony will implement a system where you can’t play used games. Get what I just said? Read it again. Actually, you’ll be able to play it….Just for a trial. Some parts will be blacked out. You will have to pay for the full features….Really? The used game business will take a MAJOR hit from this if this goes down. Gamestop, will have to find other ways to make money. And think if you want to sell it yourself? Yeah, you get the money; but, essentially you will be screwing the buyer because they did not get what they initially payed for. Which brings me to another point.
What if you want to borrow a friend/family game. PS4 and Xbox 720(?) don’t know that you “borrowed” the game. It will treat it like a used game, and you will have to pay for the full game. Basically, your getting a demo. Now, I rarely buy used games. But, the borrowing thing is what I do with friends and family. That will become useless because neither me or others will be able to try out a game. I really hope that this rumor don’t fall through. I know that developers work hard for their money; I know they don’t like pirating of their games. This is just taking it too far. They are not thinking things through. Maybe, they should lower prices of their games or make them better in quality.
Now, this is something that was not discuss in the rumor mill. This is something that I am worrying about myself….The price. I understand with technology comes with higher prices, BUUUTTTT, we don’t want another fiasco like last time. Xbox 360 was 400 dollars. That was reasonable. Then PS3 comes out, and it was priced $600 :O. I believed that drove people to 360 and Wii. I was one of those people. As matter of fact, I didn’t even buy the 360 because I was waiting for the PS3. Then it came out, and I saw the price, I said “I might as well by the 360 then.” I turned to like it but still. How high will the prices be for Next-Gen? I hope not crazy. For Sony sake, it better not be higher than xbox.
I hope that we still see some PSN and XBL. Xbox live already raised there price, but will PSN follow suite and have all there online service paid for? We have PS+ which is good. It doesn’t intrude on me playing online games. That’s one advantage that PSN has over XBL. That should stay the same. We all know that Microsoft won’t change their ways with XBL, so, there’s no need to even discuss XBL.
With all this rumor talk going around, there’s been talk about if anyone would buy the next console. On www.gamefaqs.com poll, they ask how many will feel about the no used games for PS3, and majority of the people says that it is a deal breaker for them. Now, Sony/MS may not view this poll; But the results are kind of scary. I would wait for a year or two to purchase the console. See what is happening. The “No used game” is a little disheartening. Just because consoles don’t know the definition of used. We can borrow games and the consoles will treat it as used. PSN accounts maybe allow someone to use it on another console, but that wasn’t discussed. Right now, I think one of there PR reps should come out and talk about the rumor’s. Get us comfortable into buying Next-Gen…That, or a lot of people will be skipping a generation.
- Sony PS4 Orbis rumors promising, but controversial (product-reviews.net)