Okay, I realise we're in that transition phase. Are they next gen consoles or current gen consoles? Who knows. For the purposes of today's Community Review let's just call them 'Next Gen Consoles'. For the record, I'm talking about the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One and the Wii U. Some of you have been living with all three for a while now — what are your general thoughts so far?
I have to say, on the games front, it feels like all three have under-delivered. Particularly the Xbox One and the PS4. The Wii U is a bit longer in the tooth, and it shows from a visual and feature perspective, but it also allows the Wii U to have a good head start in terms of actual quality games. Say what you like about Nintendo, but they truly have been cranking out quality first party exclusives on the Wii U: Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD — all very high quality Nintendo experiences.
Both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 have threatened with great exclusives — InFamous: Second Son and Titanfall being the big two on their respective platforms — but neither, in my opinion, are game changers. Titanfall probably shifted more consoles, but seems to have faded out dramatically as multiplayer experience. That's worrying.
The idea of cross generational third party releases, I'd argue, has really been holding both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 back. I suspect there was a large amount of unease from third party publishers regarding the release of new consoles, so almost everyone played it safe with their first round of next-gen releases, making sure they were available on PS3 and Xbox 360. I suspect this has affected both the quality of the games themselves and the interest of a more general audience in next-gen.
I mean seriously — even Destiny is coming out on the 360 and the PS3.
Which has been silly when you consider that games like Watch Dogs, for example, have sold dramatically better on Xbox One and PS4. I think it's time to make the transition.
In general, I'm happy with all three consoles and I'm happy to own them. But all three have a long way to go.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.