A couple of weeks have passed since the PS5 and Xbox Series X, as well as the Xbox Series Sk. And yet they are hard to find. Even when the stock arrives, it seems to you that you have to make a blood sacrifice to hundreds of gods and gods on the Internet before you get a taste of the new stock of the game console.
And that has led me to two conclusions: the first is that console wars are basically over, and the second is that the “next generation” has only just arrived. That might be weird seeing the discourse on Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles in recent months, but let me explain.
It’s great to know how powerful Sony and Microsoft are in their new consoles and how they can change your gaming experience to a level that your little intelligence hardly understands. But because they are as impressive as the three consoles, it creates tremendous excitement and messages that you can’t get.
Now, the shortage of new gaming consoles or, alternatively, other compelling technologies is not surprising in the early days of these devices. The shortcomings of the PS5 and Xbox Series X are pale.
While the idea of so-called console wars has generally been ridiculous – regardless of which one sells the most consoles, they both win – it’s completely debatable because of these shortcomings.
It’s no longer a case of buying a new console, it’s a case of buying what you can get, if you’re not willing to wait until demand slows down. I think you should wait until 2021 when there are more games and developers they have fiat with new console hardware. But I’ve come to realize that the desire for new technologies is a strong compulsion.
And with this wide demand, the smaller S series also means that Sony and Microsoft have won the console war. All three machines are hugely successful.
This can change as demand eases and a company can be challenged to constantly change console units. But that won’t happen for a while; think 2022 or 2023.
When it comes to choosing one console over the other, they both offer different things. The PS5 has an interesting DualSense controller and a longer list of upcoming exclusive games; The Xbox Series X has backward compatibility, and the Xbox Game Pass will see an increasing number of developers under the Xbox Game Studios flag. Unlike the last generation of consoles, this one makes a compelling argument for getting two machines, at least when they are easier to get.
So in simple terms, the console is over for the war, before it starts. Thank you for coming to my TED talk, read on in the second part.
Talking about this generation
I’ve slowly gone from using the term “next-generation consoles” to “this generation”. But when I think about it, I think the PS5 and Xbox Series X are still next-generation consoles.
I don’t know anyone outside of the new game’s media and technology reviewers. Until more people have PS5 and Xbox Series X, or Series S content, then the new generation of games can’t really begin.
And then we have games. While the Xbox Series X enhances the games that will run on the Xbox One, it doesn’t hold back and games that say “**** look at those graphics”. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla looks great, but it’s not a big step from Red Dead Redemption 2 to my eyes. And for sure Demon’s Souls is incredibly impressive – just ask colleague Marshall Honorof – but it’s a remake of the game from a decade ago.
Without any intellectual property or striking new game that should have new hardware to run, we are in a difficult situation, with one foot in the old generation and another in the new. This isn’t new to gaming consoles, but there are usually notable exclusives from the first children on the future console gaming poster.
And computer game fans can have their murmurs with their powerful hardware, arguably offering the next-generation scream for about a year. But when it comes to getting a new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, it’s easier to find an honest man in Parliament than one of the two graphics cards. The same goes for other graphics cards in their family, which have recently sold out in GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in mere moments.
That way, we’re all stuck in limbo mode, where big companies are reporting new gaming hardware, but you think it’s not that far off, you’d try to get rid of an Orion Belt star.
I hope this will change as the holidays approach and start around the corner in 2021. But until that happens, I’m not ready to accept that we’re in the next generation of games.