What Is “Next Gen”?

I’ve been asked countless times about what I think of next gen consoles. Truth is I don’t think much of them at all. I will never use the term next gen because neither console is next gen. Do you know what next gen even means for consoles? Next gen doesn’t mean games are going to be innovative or “take it to the next level”. We have heard this countless times and every time I do I roll my eyes because it’s not true. Next gen is just better graphics, and maybe some new features, for your console of choice. Sure this is a good thing for developers because this means they can provide us with better looking games. I just recently read an article on The Elder Scrolls Online. One of the reasons why the author bashed on the game is because it doesn’t have “next gen” gameplay.

What is next gen gameplay? I will never defend The Elder Scrolls Online. I think that’s a below average game that’s just using it’s name to make money. There’s nothing innovative about the game at all and as a MMO it fails. As an Elder Scrolls game it fails even harder. I have no idea what Zenimax was thinking when they made this game, but it obviously does not to cater to Elder Scrolls fans.

xbox oneThat being said what is next gen gameplay? Does people honestly think that the gameplay we get in a game is going to change because of the new consoles? I don’t see Call of Duty fanboys saying the next Call of Duty doesn’t have next gen gameplay. You’re still going to be in first person and you’re still going to be shooting people. They’ll add new mechanics in the game, that has already been in countless other first person games in the past, but that’s it.

I can’t even begin to describe what next gen gameplay is. Nothing is truly next gen because it’s literally all been done before. Titanfall added wall running to first person shooters, but you could do that in Mirrors Edge and I would argue that it was better in that game then it is in Titanfall.

My point is simply just because you have a new console doesn’t mean the games on that console are going to be next gen. People have blown this way out of proportion and look for any little thing to bash on a game now instead of actually enjoying the game.

Dark Souls II is another good example. People are mad because it’s not on Xbox One and PS4. There are more Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 users than Playstation 4 and Xbox One users so it makes sense to sell to the bigger audience. If you sold your old console and got a new one that’s your loss because you should have known that neither console would get many games in the first year of their release. More than half of the games on the Playstation 4 were available on the PC months before the Playstation 4 even released. There is no point in me even investing in one right now because of this. Why buy a game on the Playstation 4 when I can get a better experience playing it on the PC?

You could make the argument that it won’t be the same, but in the end you’ll be wrong. I can hook my computer up to my big screen, grab a controller and play it like it’s a console, but that’s a different topic for a different day.

playstation4Everyone needs to calm down about this shit. Games are just a form of entertainment. They’re supposed to bring people together not tear them apart. There is no such thing as next gen gameplay because somewhere in the past it’s most likely been done before just not as good or doesn’t look as pretty as it can today. I like my Xbox One and I don’t regret buying it, but I haven’t touched it in weeks and I have no plans on using it any time soon. I have over 60 games on my PC and that’ll keep me busy until I see a game that I want to buy on my Xbox One. If there is a game coming out for consoles and PC 99% of the time I’m going to buy it for the PC.

This is just one guy’s opinion on the subject. I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind about what they think next gen is nor do I want to. If you think next gen is supposed to be different than go ahead and think that. It’s just more of the same with a graphics boost and even then you’ll have to think that it could have been much better if they would have just waited instead of rushing these new consoles out the door so soon. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 had plenty of life left in them and could have went on for another few years.

Instead we have little to no good games on both consoles right now and honestly I know quite a few people that rushed out and brought a new console only to have it collecting dusk while they game on their old ones. I don’t know what else I can say about the subject. The only thing I can to those of you that don’t have a new console is that you wait for a little while longer. Wait until there are more games for you to choose from. If you want a new console because of one new game that’s coming out than I think you’re making a big mistake because that one game isn’t going to last you for very long.

No one even considers Nintendo’s Wii U a next gen console. Honestly that’s as close to a true next gen experience I’ve ever had. I love the new controller and what you can do with it is awesome. I’ve never had an experience like that in my life in all my years of gaming. Sure I’m playing games that are meant for kids, but I’m a family man and I have small children. It’s nice to sit back and watch them have fun playing a game and when I tried it for myself I was hooked. I want a Wii U now and I’m going to get one. I already have about 10 games that I want picked out for the console and that’s more than double of what I want for both of the other consoles. You can say what you want about Nintendo, but there’s a reason why the Wii outsold both the 360 and PS3 by a longshot.

I guess I’ll end this very long article by saying to everyone that I don’t think there is a such thing as next gen. It’s just new pretty graphics for the consoles and even then it can’t compare to what I’ve already experienced gaming on the PC.

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Author: Drakulus

I'm a hardcore gamer that enjoys every type of genre there is. I'm also a father of four kids, two girls and two boys, and love to write about whatever pops into my head.

4 thoughts on “What Is “Next Gen”?”

  1. Oh my gosh dude I don’t think I can agree with this post any more! I think the inventive styles of Nintendo Wii/Wii U are the closest things we have currently to reaching a new level of gaming in this world. There’s really not a lot of physical things people can do differently to consoles right now that can make them truly “next gen.” I think the term is kind of stupid anyway. It’s the same as saying CD’s are defunct because mP3 and mP4 and streaming is the new standard. CD’s are actually still quite useful. I’m pretty sure even today more cars come equipped with CD players than having jacks for mP3 players etc.

    1. I agree. The Wii and Wii U literally changed the way everyone played games. I just get tired of seeing it everywhere I go or having debates with my friends and family over things that they think is next gen. There’s no such thing as next gen. It’s just a facelift for games of the future.
      Thanks for reading and what you said about CD players is true. I still have my cds. I pop them in every time I’m in a car :].

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