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(The vast majority <if not all> of this post is based on my views and so on for these Video Game consoles as they relate to the retail and online markets of the USA.)

So a couple of years or so ago I wrote a brief something or other on what we can expect or look to from the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and I also briefly commented on the overall “Meh” debut for the Wii U.

Now let me bloviate on the Wii U for just a moment. I do not own one, but I have owned at least one of each of Nintendo’s prior systems. I am not playa hatin’ on Nintendo, but Nintendo has a history of completely idiotic marketing over the last few years……granted they did get lucky with the Wii though. However, my point is very simply underscored by the fact that Nintendo decided to call the system after what may have been their biggest success (the Wii at a minimum saved Nintendo from Bankruptcy) the Wii and call it a Wii U? I am sorry, but this is why the term WTF was invented. WTF Nintendo! Why could you not come up with a better name than Wii U? So sad.

However to Nintendo’s credit this is far from their biggest blunder. From what I have seen personally, as well as read, as well as just look at the fact the PS2 and Xbox offered online play………..
The near death (AKA Bankruptcy) of Nintendo may have very well occurred as a direct result of Nintendo deciding to not offer online play with the Gamecube while the PS2 and Xbox were offering online play.

To be technical the Gamecube did offer Network options (you could play someone in the same household on another TV if both of you had the special adapter, the same game and each had their own Gamecube -YAY!).
Also, to be fair to Nintendo there were a couple games you could play online on the Gamecube – but they were games that had very poor sales and most people (including myself) have/had no idea what they even were).

With some of the great Wrestling games on the Gamecube…..you would have thought there would be online play but in true Nintendo style no online play!
With Mario Kart Double Dash on the Gamecube……….NO ONLINE PLAY!

So Nintendo did make up for a lot of this with the way they handled the online play for the Wii……to a point. At some point last year they shut down the server for Mario Kart Wii Online! What? Yet on my PS3 I can go online right now and play someone in NCAA Football 12 (2012)…… a game that came out in 2011 and yet Nintendo cannot have Mario Kart Wii for Online Play any longer? WTF? True also that Nintendo would rather now have you buy a Wii U and play Mario Kart 8……OK I get it…..sure.
However I have also read several articles online in reference to Nintendo maybe being a little overly eager to release another console. To be fair to Nintendo, they have said they will not release another console until they fell that every Wii U owner is satisfies. Nintendo did not say (in any article I have read to date) how they would be able to determine how every Wii U owner was satisfied or if some Wii U owners would just be out of luck.

OK so with the Xbox One at first they only gave you the option to purchase the console for $500.00 – with a chunk of that being for the motion sensor camera thing. Now I will of course give Microsoft credit for later on in the Xbox One’s life cycle dropping the price all the way down to $350.00. The PS4
(without the camera) is currently selling for $400.00.
I have read quite a few articles that say this price drop is only temporary – that the Xbox One may in fact actually increase back to $500.00 forcing you to buy that stupid motion camera or even to $400.00 without the camera. I have also read that the price point of $350.00 for the base console (in some cases you may find bundles for that price or a game) is permanent and will not change in part because Microsoft is so far behind Sony in Market Share (I.e.: how many people own the console).

Sony on the other hand has not had any problem with selling the PS4 and has no plans currently to lower the price.

Nintendo should have lowered the price of the Wii U by now from $300.00 (even though yes the Deluxe model was $350.00 originally). I think if Nintendo drops the Wii U down to $200.00 (which won’t happen…but if they did) then you would see a surge in Demand for the console……and you would also force Microsoft and Sony to make price cuts as well on their consoles.

Nintendo still has free online play, while Microsoft has always had a fee you have to pay to have Xbox Live Gold so that you can play against other people online. Of course to be fair to Microsoft here as well as to be honest – Microsoft still offers the bets online experience for online play (because they have the best & most reliable network). Sony NOW has a pay network for online play…..and perhaps they were long overdue……the PS3 always left a lot to be desired as far as the quality of the network is concerned.

Personally if I was to buy one of the next gen consoles…..or I guess they are kind of current gen by now……I would get the Xbox One. The best network, & from what I have seen from all 3 consoles – the best overall gaming experience.
There is also a Steam console out by Alienware……but we will have to wait and see on that console…….I will be very surprised if its even around by Christmas…..possibly 2017 though that’s very unlikely.

There is so much more to write about……and I will of course address this sooner than another 2 years (or however long it has been since I last posted). There is one other option, for some people anyways! If you live anywhere near a Family Video – you can actually rent a console…..so I guess that or from a Rent A Center would be one way you could try out the console.

Of course you could also go out and by all 3 consoles, or one at a time ….. and keep them all or return the other 2 that you don’t like (though keep in mind if you buy any games separate for one of the consoles you plan on returning – you will not be able to return the game if it did not come with the console/ you can typically only exchange them for the same title if the game is defective). Your best bet on trying games on the console would be to just rent the games…..then go and buy them if you like them enough and are keeping the console, etc.

Now I am NOT necessarily advocating
That you go
out and buy a console and return it…….but how else can you try the console?

One other option would be if you are serious about purchasing one of the 3 consoles…..a Gamestop or Pawnshop may have a used console for you to test.

Anyways it just seems like the consoles are soooo expensive even though they cost the same or less than they did a few years ago.

These are just my thoughts about these consoles drifting through the winds of the internet………………..


So what is the deal with Sony?  Some employees or executives, or some in some way associated with the company, have seemed to have given up.  I could be wrong, but what the hell?  I think the statement I read in reference to the companies vision for the next Console (now confirmed for sometime in 2013) at least in part contained something to the effect of “….only Hardcore Gamers will get it” – meaning if you are not a Hardcore gamer then you may not be the target audience for the PS4.  OK, so yes it could also be said that Xbox did this with the first Xbox.  True dat.  However, what does that do?  Yeah you have a cool machine and that’s great.  However while I do not regret buying one of those $600.00 PS3s back in 2007, I would rather not pay that much for a console ever again.  I was caught up in the hype, and hype it was!  It was at the time – hype that actually delivered.   In the USA anyways, there was the $600.00 60 GB and the not so great $500.00 20 GB console released in 2006 (I mentioned 2007 above as I did not get the PS3 at launch).  I remember that there were some problems with the 20GB model, a higher than expected amount of console failures and such.  However for the most part, to 60GB original launch PS3 was a great console!

However, as time went on Sony was trapped.  The things that made the PS3 great were actually making it $600.00!  I have heard some viewpoints, that Sony had basically put a Playstation 2 inside of the PS3 – hence the backwards compatibility as well as the High Price.  So, after a while Sony had to come down on price, in an effort to move more consoles as well as attract new customers.  Was it worth it?  Time will truly tell.  I now have a PS3 Slim, and if I really want to play those PS2 games again – I can always find a good used Fat PS2.  The Slim PS2 was a JOKE!

But alas, I am trying to write about as I come to terms with what the reality of the next generation of Consoles is at the moment as well as what it will actually be when said consoles are released.

While yes I love my PS3, I am personally leaning towards saving my money now so that I can buy one of the next Xboxes in 2014.  If the PS4 is truly all Sony is jabbing about, who knows?  I may get a good used one in several years, though I doubt it.  I mean, even if I could afford both consoles at launch – there is only so much time I can play games in a day!  Not just because I am married and I work, I also like to read, we have cats, I love movies, etc,etc,etc.  So it’s not as important to me anymore to have every console out there since I can only play one at a time!  There are really only a few games I care about, and I love to play THOSE few select games again and again and again and yes again.  Some of those games are Madden, Soul Calibur, Fifa, Mario Kart Wii.  In the cases of Soul Calibur, Madden and Fifa I feel that the next Xbox is by far going to offer me the bext game experience, hence my personal choice to wait for the next Xbox.

If you are a diehard Playstation fan, that’s fine.  I can further expand on my thoughts and how I reached my decision.

Why did I not just get an Xbox 360 and I instead recently bought a PS3 slim?  Well in the past I also had Xbox 360s and having owned both I liked the PS3 better and feel good about the decision I have made.  I love the fact that my PS3 also plays Blurays.  I have always been more into playing offline than online, so I was not considering the online game play experience as much when I bought my PS3 slim (or my wife bought it as I get reminded sometimes).  I like how you can browse the web on the PS3; it’s nice to look at websites sometimes on my PS3 instead of going into the other room or having to bring my laptop into the room I am in at the time.  There is a LOT I love about the PS3, however now we will skip the good and the bad…..and go straight to the ugly.

The PS3 network has been an abysmal failure on a very good day, and not worthy of even being spoken about on a bad day.  Having said that, even with the next Xbox I will mainly be playing games offline – BUT – there have been a few times when a better network would have been more desirable.  I am not a computer geek or nerd, I do not want to have to spend hours to get my PS3 humming on the PSN (Playstation Network) – it should just work.  Yes the network is free; though I have my doubts even if and probably when Sony does eventually start charging to use the PSN that they will ever get it right.  I have considered becoming a Playstation Network Plus member, but I see no point in paying for the network when the free version of the network is so bad.  Why does the PS3 not have HBO Go?  Why does the Amazon Instant Video on the PS3 suck so badly?  I rented a movie, and it stopped at least 10 times!  I hate to use bad language in my posts, but talk about a major WTF!

Ok so on the other side of the coin, what do we REALLY know about the next Xbox?  I can sure with a lot of confidence we will not see it this year.  I mean, yes I am no expert here – nor am I preaching to an imaginary choir.  I am just another person looking for answers to all of these questions and concerns, and making the best attempt I can to fins those answers ….. At a time when the internet is chock full of opinions and speculations about the subject.  Yes, I suppose my posts could be viewed as such too.  However, I am only voicing my concerns and hoping to find answers which are far more than over 99% of what I have read on these topics even attempt to ever do.

The next Xbox may have run into production problems, something about a crucial part not being up to specs as well as unforeseen delays with the actual manufacturing of the part to begin with.

I however think this a good thing in a way.  I think Microsoft has learned a lot from the insane amount of ROD (Ring Of Death) failures with the early models of the Xbox 360 consoles.  I feel that Microsoft will fix the problem as well as be damn sure they have a reliable and great machine and then put the final product into production.

Also, it takes a lot of pressure of Microsoft and puts that pressure on Sony.  I would love to see the new Xbox come out in 2014 on the day that year’s Madden NFL game is released.  Though its likely you will see a release closer to the Holiday shopping season – but also if the console came out earlier Microsoft could (in the event of an overwhelming consumer demand) have enough consoles ready for stores by the Holidays if they were to release the console even in August 2014.

There is so much more to say and write about this topic!  I know a lot of people out there will disagree with what I have to say – and that is fine.  Just let me know what you think!