These New Consoles Need New Beep-Boops

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These New Consoles Need New Beep-Boops
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The next generation is officially here. As I write this, I’ve just received and hooked up my PS5, next to my recently purchased Xbox Series X. They are two big blocks of expensive technology and plastic, with tons of new features and more powerful innards. Yet, these new consoles still make the same beep-boop noises when you turn them on. This is disappointing.

I’m a simple man. Sure, I love 4k visuals as much as anybody else. And yeah, I dig high framerates and fast loading too. So, these consoles are providing me with a good return on my money. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit sad and deflated when I turned on either console and heard the same damn beep as the last few generations.

On Xbox Series X, the console startup beep is the same as the Xbox One, which was a similar, but different beep, as heard on Xbox 360. Meanwhile, the PS5 is using the same beep the PS4 used, which is the same beep all the old PS3 models used. This is a classic beep from a different, bygone era.

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These new consoles are expensive pieces of hardware and the next generation of gaming, yet they still make the same beep-boop noises like an old PS3 or dusty Xbox One. Like buying a new Ferrari and it has the same horn as your old Honda minivan. It feels out of place.

I assume there is an element of nostalgia at this point. I sort of get that, but it does seem odd. Why not use the launch of new consoles to create a new bleep, bloop, or even, dare I ask, a new blurp?! Why don’t any consoles blurp? Or maybe a short jingle written by a famous musician? Or a selection of bleeps and bloops and the owner of the console gets to decide which bleep they get to hear when booting up the machine. These consoles have so many teraflops and the companies creating them have the money so I’m not sure why we don’t have any new bleeps, bloops, blurps or beeps.

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Comments

  • For the Xbox, I’ll even go a little further and say I’ve changed my stance on the interface. I actually didn’t care that it was still 1080p cause 1080p can still look nice and I defended the fact that it was the same, it kept the same mentality of ‘forward and backward compatibility’ that MS has touted.

    But now, while I still don’t give a toss about 1080p, I do think they should have done something, ANYTHING to give the Series X a slight variance in the interface. The controller and interface are so similar I just keep forgetting that I am playing a new gen console, which is disappointing..

    • They should have held off the new UI until the nextgen consoles came out, I’ve been in preview with the current UI for over 2 months now. The only difference being the dynamic backgrounds.

  • My xbone S plays a chipper little tune out of the console speaker when you power it on. The PS4 and PS5 don’t do that. They do one short, flat little one-note, ‘beep’. I wanted the PS5 to do a tune like the xbox. That tune was rad.

    • Yeah the Xbox has a nice little tune. My mate has the Forza 6 special edition XBONE and it has an engine rev as its start up sound and a car idle as its shutdown sound.. I always forget when I am over and turning on the xbox always surprises me, cause you expect to hear the little be-da-boop sound and instead it’s VRRRM..

  • I’m disappointed that they have a beep at all. All it does in my experience is wake my family up. I know it’s meant to have a diagnostic function but why annoy everyone just to make it a little easier to diagnose a problem in the 1% or less of the time, when that’s needed? At least the XB1 could let you turn it off.

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