Aaron: Now that the PS4 has been revealed and, by the time this article goes up, we will be just a day away from the reveal of the next Xbox, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about what we'd like to see from the next-gen consoles, assuming we even want them. First off, I personally do want the next-gen consoles simply because developers have seemingly decided current-gen is as good as dead and that the ceilings have already been hit. With that in mind, let me first stress that the much-dreaded "always-on" possibility (which we discussed in our very first Alternative Opinion!) plays a huge part in my thoughts on next-gen. While PS4 have effectively assured us that they will not be doing it, we still aren't certain on Microsoft's stance. I absolutely stand against it, and will not support any console that takes it up.
However, what I do want to see is more focus on the indie developers (which the PS4 seems to be nailing right now) and certainly less focus on external media and gimmicky motion controls (your move, Microsoft). Now, I'm a big Xbox gamer: it's my main console, and is used far more than my PS3. However, everything I have seen so far from the next-gen is leaning me toward the PS4; tomorrow's Xbox reveal is crucial. I want to see more emphasis on the games themselves, not the graphics, not the apps, not the motion controls. I'm not buying an Xbox to watch Netflix (even though I have been doing that a lot recently). I'm buying it to play awesome games. Go ahead and do that, guys. That's why we like you.
But if it is true then the quality of games really should be better, and I don’t mean just visually, games are bloody expensive and it’s debatable if you actually get your money’s worth out of a lot of games. Yes it is up to the gamer how much time he spends on the game but if there isn’t much to do on it other than a mediocre campaign and multiplayer (granted which can tie you over for hours) then there is not much reason for people to be returning to the game. (And yes I was digging at Call of Duty games there *cough cough*).
But that’s a bit of a digression. There isn’t really much I want from the next Xbox. Obviously better visuals and a better processor. I’d like it to play Blu-Rays but that being a Sony product I don’t know if that would happen. It would certainly help to reduce the amount of discs for a big game. The TV and other apps will no doubt be carried over and improved, but I’m happy with them as they are really. The PS4 will have a sharing button for you and your friends to share what games you are playing and what you are doing in them. Because people really care, don’t they? Just imagine: you are immersed in some game when a notification telling you that XxxiNsErTsTuPiDnAmEhErExxX is playing Fifa 50... Again. Well that information, sure was useful when you are on a mighty quest to save the future of mankind... Ok, that was a little cynical, but you see my point?
The next generation is nearly here and there will be some cool new things we will really like, and there will be some things that are pointless.