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Francisco.Lahoz

Are Console Companies Over-Compensating?

5 days ago

When I was in grade school I played my super nintendo religiously. 

Wake up, go to school, go home to play Megaman X, repeat. 

I just played, that’s it, I never worried about performance, graphical quality, or something as dumb as the size of the console, I just had fun playing it. 

What I didn’t know was that I was playing an updated console. Nintendo had released a second Super Nintendo console dubbed the SNES mini by the gaming community. I was playing an updated console.

That was back in the late 90's, but the idea of companies “upgrading/updating” their consoles hasn’t changed. Sony and Microsoft both have a little brother and big brother alternative to their flagship products. 

The Sony Playstation has their original PS4, the PS4 Slim, and the PS4 Pro. Microsoft has the same idea with the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and the upcoming Project “scorpio” I previously wrote about.

Most of these updated consoles have faster load times, larger hard drive spaces, an updated design, and occasionally larger price tags. The Sony playstation 4 released in 2013 at a 300 dollar price tag, it’s Pro alternative released 3 years later in 2016 at a 400 dollar price point. 

The Xbox one comparatively released in 2013 with a price tag of 499 dollars with its Kinect peripheral, while the Xbox one scorpio hasn’t been released yet many news sources agree that it will have a higher cost than the original underpowered version. 

So why do I have such a problem with this? The Video game console promises easy gaming with little fuss, something you don’t always get with the alternative of PC gaming. When you bought a console you had an expectation to play a game with a stable frame rate, and a decent resolution. 

But Sony and Microsoft are releasing updates to their consoles with the promise of better Specs for all your favorite games. If you brought the original Playstation 4 and later buy the new Pro option you have now spent 700 dollars to play video games, about the cost of a gaming PC.

Microsoft, and Sony have slowly been catching up to the PC gaming landscape. For a very long time PC gaming and console gaming have been separated. PC gaming has been viewed as more complicated by console gamers but dedicated PC gamers are granted higher performance rates than any console can hope to achieve. 

Console gamers deal with lower performance but at a cheaper price point with the ability to game on a couch as opposed to being limited to a computer desk. 

In recent years the lines have been blurred and the console market has tried to blend itself into the PC market.

Consoles still have a long way to go before they can combat the PC market however. Where you have to pay over 400 dollars to upgrade your console for higher frame rates you can just spend about 200 dollars on a new graphics card for your PC, a quick replacement and you’re done. 

The whole problem with console gaming is this idea that if you want to upgrade you have to buy a brand new console, this was fine back when you’d wait about 6 years to enter the latest generation, but these “new” upgraded consoles are only releasing 3 years after their original counterparts.

I personally can’t handle these “upgraded” consoles and would much rather buy a gaming PC. 

What do you all think? Are you happy with your Consoles? Let me know in the comments below.

Francisco.Lahoz
Francisco has been a massive media nerd since he could remember. He's an anthropology major at Queens college and part time as a teacher's assistant in Brooklyn. He enjoys writing science fiction/fantasy stories when he's not watching the newest Netflix show or listening to a podcast.
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