Why the Hype is Bad for PS5 & Xbox Series X/S

We are in the final countdown to the gaming console generation change. Playstation and Xbox have shown their goods and now it is up to us to sit back and relax and wait for release day.... right? 

Ha, we all know that is not going to happen. 

Over the last one to two months the hype surrounding the Xbox Series X / S and the PS5 has reached fever pitch, and I am not here to tell you to stop, just a gentle friendly reminder to calm it down a bit. The new consoles are not going to change your life. They are not going to be a massive leap forward in visual quality that some are expecting, not at this early stage and there is bound to be some hick ups along the way with new people logging into the servers, new systems being tried out by millions and plenty of bug fixes along the way. ie Watchdogs overheating the One X. 

2020 by all accounts has been a pretty shitty year. This time 12 months ago we were ramping up our expectations for the next year, Cyberpunk 2077 was just around the corner but a lot of us would have been getting to the cap of what our consoles were capable of and looking forward to the generation switch. 

Then Covid 19 hit, and hit hard. The world as we know it was thrown into chaos but one shining light did emerge from it all. Gaming in general has seen a bit of a resurgence. It wasn't the games with the biggest technical marvel or hardest hitting story behind them that shone, it was the fun community titles, the Among Us, Fall Guys, Animal Crossing to name just a few. 

Gaming has come back into more homes around the world in the last year of a console cycle then ever before. 
While not a bad thing, it can have a lasting effect on the next generation of titles especially to begin with. 
Sony has sold approx 113million PS4 units to date. They are not going to be able to leave all those players in the cold and expect them to upgrade to the next premium model. A $750 investment in Australia. 
Microsoft has sold just shy of 50 million units and have confirmed they will leave no one behind as all their titles are playable on the new and older consoles. With the addition of GamePass this is looking to be an ongoing thing for the life of the next generation. 

This is a great thing for the fans. For the developers I foresee a headache for the next few years. The way I see it, console gaming is going to be more closely mimicking PC gaming. For the next few years titles will be made with current PS4 and Xbox One in mind. Then an "Ultra Setting" patch for the new consoles. 

Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed to do just that. 

So for now, try and keep your expectations in check. Try to, I am not winning the argument with myself but I am trying... 

The new PS5 and Xbox Series X / S are going to be technical marvels, they will be awesome pieces of tech that we are going to love getting our hands on. But they are not going to cure the shit show that has been and continues to be 2020.

I just hope after all the crap with this virus around the world dies down, we continue to grow as a gaming community and enjoy more games however and wherever you want to enjoy them. 

Pat (Snoogs)  

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