Molly Wood, of the New York Times, offers a thought-provoking take on the game console debate: Do you go for the Xbox One or the PS4? Her conclusion? The PS4 prevails, but in the age of mobile gaming (and gaming-capable TV boxes, like the Roku), does anyone really care?
As she concluded: “The PlayStation is the better game console of the two, but in the end, it may be a victory of one dinosaur over another.”
To today’s kids (and, uh, gaming-obsessed adults), gaming consoles can seem like an anachronism. Are you really going to spend hundreds of dollars on games when you can have them for a fraction of that on your iPad or Kindle Fire?
As Wood writes:
Mobile gaming on tablets and phones can be as immersive and fun, and obviously more portable. A console for streaming video is redundant when most new televisions have Internet streaming and apps built in, not to mention Internet-connected Blu-ray players, streaming devices like Roku and Apple TV, or even Google’s $35 Chromecast. And spending $60 for games — no matter how graphically intensive — is hard to stomach in a world of low-priced apps. The game costs are especially painful since neither the Xbox nor the PlayStation can play games from the previous generation consoles.