The Wii U released last year, the PS4 has been announced, and it looks like we could see the next Xbox at the end of April. We’ve also heard about numerous other consoles trying to make an entry into the industry. There is no denying the next generation is here. My problem is I’m still not convinced. It’s not I won’t be getting any of these consoles, it’s just no company has convinced me I should get their console over the others yet.


Nintendo has admitted to the Wii U’s slow start. I feel there are many reasons for this but one of them is almost unfixable. Everything about the Wii U gives of the impression that it is more of an extension of last gen than it is an entirely new one.  I remember Nintendo bragging at E3 how the Wii U was going to be more powerful than the PS3 or Xbox 360. It damn well should be considering it’s technically part of the same generation the PS4 and next Xbox will be. Once the PS4 and “Nextbox” come out, the Wii U is going to be left in the dust.



Which brings me to my next point. The Wii suffered from a lack of third party support and Nintendo really seemed adamant about improving the situation for the Wii U. So far with this hasn’t exactly been the case.  Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City? Oh, you mean those games everyone has already played? What we are left with is games like ZombieU, which was very hit or miss with fans. And what of first party games? New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land sounded enjoyable enough but no one was exactly raving about them.



Thankfully things seem like they might change a bit in the coming year or so. Well at least a little. Monster Hunter 3, The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, Bayonetta 2, and Lego City Undercover all look to be -at the very least- solid additions to the Wii U’s library. What has me excited though is what was talked about at the last Wii U Direct. Nintendo not only mentioned the usual exclusives such as a new Yoshi game, Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, a 3-D Mario, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, and a new Legend of Zelda, but they also showed off a successor to Xenoblade Chronicles and  Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. All of those titles right there brought the Wii U back into the fold for me.



With that said, I still feel it’s not enough to convince me to purchase a Wii U over any other console.  What’s going to happen when the PS4 and “Nextbox” come out? Are developers really going to want to continue making games for a vastly inferior platform? While Nintendo seems to be doing a better job this time around  attracting “hardcore” gamers, I’m still not convinced they will have the 3rd party support I want from my main console.


Moving along to the PS4 now. At first I thought the announcement wasn’t too shabby. As I’ve had more time to process it though I remained unimpressed. What exactly did we see at the conference other than a bunch of tech demos and promises? The PS4 looks like it might be a bit more powerful than I expected, thanks to the 8 GB of RAM. I also liked the idea of all the social features like the Share button. Did they really show us much of it though? These conferences tend to be filled with highly polished and scripted demos. My question is, how are these social features going to improve gameplay? Because that’s what it really comes down to for any console.  If I’m going to be convinced that I need to buy a PS4 instead of the competitor, it’s going to be done with games, ideally exclusive ones.  So what of the games Sony showed off? Well, I thought they were lackluster. Killzone and Infamous have never been must have games and I have zero interest in a driving game or a glorified tech demo like Knack. The most impressive games where by far Watch Dogs and The Witness, both of which will be multiplatform.



So we are left waiting for Microsoft to announce the Xbox 360’s successor.  Until then I’m left mostly to speculation. Will Sony or Microsoft be foolish enough to lock-out used games or force a constant internet connection? Which I doubt they do by the way.  If they did I’d most certainly just stick with my PC and purchase a Wii U.


What of the Ouya or the Steambox? Something tells me that the Ouya won’t be able to compete with the big three. What developers or published would want to limit themselves in such a way? On the other hand Valve could be able to compete in an already crowded market. They have the business knowhow. They have the love of the fans, and they have the potential for some big exclusives. Imagine if  Half-Life 3, Portal 3, Left 4 Dead 3, and all of Valves others series where exclusive to the Steambox and PC? Speaking of PC, it also has the ability to appeal to console gamers who have yet to get into PC gaming. Ease of use and price are big factors for consoles and the Steambox could be the solution to both problems.



While that’s all fine and dandy for non-PC gamers, what does that mean for?  Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I already own a PC. I enjoy it very much and it’s powerful enough to get me by for the next few years. Purchasing a Steambox would do me no good.


What it comes down to is E3. It’s safe to assume Sony and Microsoft will be showing off every aspect of their consoles and their exclusives in great detail. Then and only then, will I be ready to make a final decision on which console to invest in first. Microsoft may have won me over with the 360 but my loyalty is now up for grabs and I’m willing to commit to any of the big three. What I want to see is games. New IPs, with bright new ideas. Not the 80th rendition of some tired franchise of an even more tired genre. It’s your move big three, impress me.