At first I was going to make this editorial only about gaming being an expensive hobby, but something I’ve noticed is how much of this discussion is also related to piracy as a solution.
There are five major advantages when it comes to gaming on a console. Firstly, consoles are a lot cheaper than going out and buying a new PC. They offer a fantastic price to performance ratio, offering better visuals than you’d get from similarly priced PC hardware. With consoles, you pop the game in, and it plays. No installs, no fussing with patches and nonsense. You get to sit on your couch and play, on a large TV with a confortable controller. And most importantly everything just works. Only hardly any of that is true, or exclusive to consoles anymore.
For those of you who can’t afford or find a console to play those hawt games from yesteryear on, there’s always been a morally grey area to fall back on. The emulator has come a long way since the days of the VisualBoy Advance, giving gamers a backdoor into those games. Xbox 360 and PS3 emulators have been notoriously unreliable in the past however. That could, theoretically, change with the latest consoles.
On the latest Xbox podcast, I made fun of Xbox guy Graeme Selvan for imagining that he'd find a woman who wanted to play Diablo with him. Most of my teasing was about the fact that she will have probably have moved on to a different game, and part of it was simply to troll him because it's just too easy. However, I have been thinking a lot about women who game, and the idea of couples who game together.
The Xbox One has been available globally for a week now, and the PlayStation 4 sees release in Europe and much of the rest of the world tomorrow. Unfortunately, you can’t have them. The PS4 is out here in two weeks, and gourd alone knows the Xbox One will be coming to South Africa. Here’s 5 more consoles you can’t have. Ever
The PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One will soon both be available, kicking off yet another round of silly (but endlessly entertaining) console wars. According to Pachter, in ten years, it isn’t even going to matter.
With digital distribution the dominant force in the video game industry, due to its low overhead costs and ease of access, physical collectors editions and disks are likely to be phased out with the onset of next generation consoles and hardware.
According to the paragon of online journalism, the Daily Mail, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the single most influential bit of technology you’ll encounter this year.
While a bunch of countries may not allow certain games past their borders, consoles are pretty much allowed to come in as they please. Unless its China. That massive country has had a 13 year ban on anything that they didn’t approve of. But its finally been lifted. Sort of.
There’s a new generation of gaming, and it’s looking pretty fine. The PC platform though, will always be able to one-up consoles when it comes to pure graphics. And that’s something that the boss of hardware manufacturer Nvidia, feels pretty strongly about.
The next generation consoles from both Sony and Microsoft will feature hardware from Canadian chipmaker AMD. Like everyone else, AMD believes this will give it the edge when it comes to PC versions of next-gen games.
Ever since getting a bit of hands on with the console version of Diablo 3 at E3 this year, I’ve been pretty convinced that it’s the superior version of the game; offline, 4 player couch and online co-op, direct controls, a slick easy-to-use interface and the absolute lack of a real money auction house? Yep, already better. But what do the critics think?
The “next generation” hasn’t even started yet, and already it seems that games on the new consoles just won’t be able to compare to their PC counterparts.
The specs of the next consoles from Sony and Microsoft both use bits of AMD hardware that have very similar PC analogues, leading many to believe that the next generation consoles are little more than mid-range PC’s in a fancy branded box. That would be silly thinking, says AMD.
GTA V, quite possibly the biggest game of the year, is coming to consoles next month. While developer Rockstar and publisher Take-Two have remained mum on the possibility of a PC version of the game but certain things keep popping up that leads us to believe that a PC version will be coming sooner rather than later. Now, an Nvidia executive has said, nonchalantly, that GTA V is coming to PC.