As of now the only two 100 percent confirmed next-gen consoles are Sony’s PS4 and Nintendo’s Wii U. These two consoles are surly competing against one another although the big battle between Microsoft and Sony has yet to begin. It can be said that Nintendo has been making some huge mistakes over the past few years with their Wii and Wii U consoles. After a huge press conference confirming the PS4 is on its way, players immediately started comparing the two confirmed consoles. With the thought of the Wii U and how many mistakes have been made clear to the gaming community gamers are beginning to wonder if the PS4 will follow in its footsteps.
First of all let’s decide what the Wii U has actually done wrong then we will stir this article in the direction on if we think Sony is making the same to similar mistakes with the newly announced PS4.
The Wii U is a fine console, it has made some huge improvements that help it run with current-gen consoles but that is mistake number one; the Wii U runs with current-gen consoles. After years of gimmicks with the Wii, hardcore gamers lost interest swinging their arm around the room to play as their favorite characters. The casual game that came out with the Wii as well as the lack of third-party games forced a disrespecting outlook from that important hardcore audience.
Upon the release of the Wii U Nintendo promised to fix their gimmicked motion controller option while making sure that a pro controller was accessible for hardcore fans. Even with the release of this controller it is not being used. As a side note players now swing a touch pad around the room instead of a remote, if not both. Yes, this is an improvement but it is also a mistake to not offer players to play some of the largest release titles with the controller option they longed to use.
Nintendo’s third and largest mistake revolved around games. They released a console with a large variety of games but none of these titles were stand alone. The New Super Mario Bros U was a game played from running across one side of the screen to the next just like most all the Mario games seen on the Wii. It was cheap, easy to make and lost enjoyment after a few days of playing it. They also lost their exclusive rights to Raymen Legends. There were some major mistakes with actual games on the Wii U. Everyone wants to see Mario in a 3D world just like Super Mario 64 but instead they make it “the year of Luigi” and ignore their issues by putting Luigi in the spotlight and focusing more attention on the 3DS.
Now we ask ourselves, is Sony making these same mistakes with the PS4? The answer is a sure fire… NO! Sony is thankfully doing everything right so far with the announcements they have made regarding their upcoming console, the PS4. They showed their controller, maybe not the console yet but oh well. The controller was classically shaped like how PlayStation has always had their controller but upgraded with improvements. This is something that will feel classic to the PlayStation pro and something that is not disappointing to any of the previous PlayStation audience.
Sony is not relying on gimmicks. They still do have the PS Move of course, with the improvements they have made to that but it was far from the primary focus. The motion controls used with the Move is focused on a casual audience so that option is still available for them. They also made huge spec improvements that draw the line exactly where current-gen and next-gen differs.
The PS4 press conference offered a healthier variety of games that gamers will love. None of these games seemed cheap nor did any of them look like knock-offs of what we have been playing for years. These games were truly next-generation titles. There are some promised Sony exclusives in the bunch that looked to-die-for as well as third party titles with contracts promising early DLC/ ect to PS4 players. All the right cards were played at the Sony press conference.
The PS4 and the Wii U can be compared but it is obvious which console is in the spotlight. We believe the PS4 isn’t making any of the same mistakes as Nintendo has with the Wii U. What do you think? Can these be compared? Is the Wii U better than the PS4? It is always the gaming community’s opinion that matters the most.
Microsoft should be on its way with a next-gen Xbox announcement within the coming months. This will be an exciting moment that will give us more to compare but as of now all solid information about the console is on lock down. We can’t wait to see how Microsoft’s next-gen console compares to the two that we already know about!