5 Reasons Why: The Newest Console Generation has Underwhelmed

3. Game Launch Issues:

There has not been a console generation to date that has struggled more with games being broken at launch. We aren’t just talking about games that have a little something wrong either, we are talking about games that have been debacles at launch and struggled in sales because of it. Take Halo: The Master Chief Collection as an example. Since the launch of the game on November 21st the game has yet to fully implement all of the promised features into its online modes. Match making continues to be broken, and work subtly well, and it has plagued both sales and support for the game. Halo isn’t the only game that has launched with problems either, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Drive Club, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny, Grand Theft Auto V, Dying Light, and others have all had some sort of issues at launch and the list goes on. Many gamers around various communities have come to expect this to be the new norm with releasing titles. If the game doesn’t have issues at launch, anymore, it is hard to believe.

2. Network Issues for all Consoles:

If there is one thing that could be knocked about the PlayStation 4 it would be the PlayStation Network, but they are not the only ones that have had trouble during the last year. In some cases, being down for days at a time in this day and age is simply excessive and unacceptable. Online gaming has been something that has been a part of the video game community now for the past two console generations, over 10 years, and servers continuously being down and affecting games that gamers pay more and more for is hard to swallow. Xbox Live, has had its fair share of issues as well, and Nintendo Network, while the most stable, has had run-ins with bugs as well.

1. Console Bundles so Early in the Life Cycle:

It is something that has been noted time and time again, and has shown why this console generation has been weaker than any other to this point. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 didn’t have games packaged in with every console you purchased, unless it was a special edition console or a holiday bundle, until each system had been on the market for a few years. The Xbox One had to do something to boost sales, and while they just announced that console sales have risen 84 percent over previous months, they had to ensure that at least one game was thrown in with every console. In response, Sony released The Last of Us bundle that helped gamers on the other end not feel so cheated and have something to play right off the bat as well. The Wii U had a game packed in at launch as well, Nintendo Land, but including that in the list is almost unfair considering Nintendo has been doing this for a long time. However, they moved to put Mario Kart and Mario World 3D as well, to boost sales, giving people two games right away too.

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  1. Let us know how you feel about the newest console generation in the comment section. Are you enjoying it? Are you underwhelmed? We want to know!

  2. First generation since the 8 bit era I never bothered getting any of the consoles at launch. Underwhelming games especially exclusives, underwhelming specs, no sense of exciting new experiences, evolution not revolution.

    Most generations prior had some sort of USP to get excited about and jump on board, be it the Wii’s controls, Dreamcast’s online, Playstation’s exclusives etc

  3. I feel calling the Wii U “obsolete” is too hasty a remark.
    An obsolete system doesn’t get great games.
    The Wii U has great games, many from indies and a select few competent third party games, and its first party line-up is nothing to sneeze at. [ I try not to remember, or count, the first year of third party “support” for the Wii U. So many bad ports…]

    Of course, the first year was underwhelming for the system.
    But at least it wasn’t overhyped to hell and back only to fall short.
    Rather, it started short and is now growing stronger week by week, in terms of the number of worthwhile titles it has.

  4. It has underwhelmed because most people are buying Sony who lie and overhype to get their sheep to buy their underdelivering products and give word of mouth all around, including leading 24/7 worthless lives on the net because they fail at real life.
    It’s also funny watching those sheep fight it out with Xbox fans when their PauperStation is just as poor, if not poorer compared to the PC. Nintendo does what Nintendo does and they’re the only company that isn’t deceiving their consumerbase, shame they can’t market their device among consumers and thus developers are staying away.

    • Pauperstation? GTFO of here Kuu2. Keep your stupidity at GameSpot.

  5. I suppose it is all subjective when commenting about something like this, but the only real measure of success is sales. So far, the PS4 and XB1 have both done incredibly well and are well ahead of where the sales for previous generation PS3 and 360 were at this point in the life cycle. That doesn’t strike me as underwhelming to the gamer community. For example, the XB1 has at least 349 games available and the PS4 has at least 453. Keep in mind this is always subject to change and I’m pretty sure it is already outdated.

    Source of info:

    XB1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Xbox_One_games
    PS4: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PlayStation_4_games

  6. Everybody knows why the Povertysoft Xbroke pauper console is failing so hard, the list is endless. Trashy, last – gen hardware with Sub – HD resolutions. Rushed, unfinished, low – quality shovelware garbage for exclusives which fail to move consoles. Terrible controller, terrible online service, terrible media functionality. The list is almost endless, and now they’re paying the price for it by having their worthless, pauper console flop at retail.

    Xbone has been decieving the low – IQ Microsoft sheep with it’s lies, overhype and underdeliver and the fact that it’s flopping at retail is proof of that. The average consumer isn’t stupid enough to fall for the lies of Microsoft and their dying console, it’s only a handful of low – IQ morons who delude themselves into thinking that Microsoft can still fix their pauper machine that are buying it and sales prove that.

  7. It’s underwhelming because the jump from PS3 to PS4 saw no major changes (include 360 to Xbox One as well). The jump from PS2 to PS3 drastically changed gaming by adding in HD, online multiplayer, and by making gaming much more social. It feels like they had us buy new consoles just for the hell of it.

  8. It might take at least 2 more yrs to really see some truly out of this world next gen games because the devs have not really tapped into the power of the X1 and Ps4. They also need to stop making games for the 360 and Ps3 which is holding back next gen. The exclusives have shown what is possible on both consoles but it can get much better.

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