System or Community: Find the Best Gaming Console For You
This generation of gaming systems has been subject to more scrutiny than any of its predecessors. This is the first time in console history that all of the big three (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo) have systems that vary significantly in hardware. This has incited fanboys to declare war on each other and the forums have been a never ending battle for console dominance. This constant debate has been a major deciding factor when deciding to which next-gen system will be best for you. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday beginning the month of sales before Christmas, the time to find the best gaming console should be on your list for Santa is right now.
All the information that is provided when deciding which new console is right for you is just an accumulation of sales, statistics, and banter. No one is talking about what is really important when choosing a gaming ecosystem. Graphics and exclusives aside, what really matters is community. Gamers only option to play co-op these days is online and because of that owning the same gaming system as your friends is a factor that is not given enough thought. Whether the game plays at 1080p or 900p the fact is that it is much more fun to play with your friends versus by yourself. Destiny is a great example of this fact with its lack of matchmaking option. Players are forced to group with actual friends to complete the harder end game content. Having a large friend list is a key factor to this games replayability.
Each best gaming console has a unique operating system as well and a different interface for each online community. Many friendships are made online and these services keep these relationships alive through many console generations. This community of gamers that players have grown up with over the years is how fanboys are born and through this loyalty players choose which system they will invest in for the next 5-10 years. So when considering which system is right for you this holiday season consider all the priorities when purchasing a next-gen system. If you enjoy Sony’s UI and that is where your friends play then PlayStation 4 is right for you. If all you friends play Call of Duty on Xbox Live then that is probably the system you should purchase. If you can’t wait to play 8-player Super Smash Bros. with your friends and have always been a part of the Nintendo family then the Wii-U is the obvious choice. The moral of the story is when choosing a console this holiday system don’t just read the numbers or exclusives. Games are better when played with friends. So whether it is PSN, XBL, or Nintendo Network make your friends list a priority.
Which one of the best gaming console are you planning on buying this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below.
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