What Excites Us About Next Gen?

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With the impending release of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S + X, there is quite an enormous amount of improvements with these new boxes. Some of it will come later on down the line, but mostly, we’ll see improvements or something new straight from the off. With that being said, it’s an exciting time to be a gamer, and I wanted to express what I’m buzzing for and to ask fellow Team NGB contributors to share their thoughts!

Whilst the games are of course what make a system what it is over the course of its life cycle, I know that these incredible experiences will come over time, but I wanted to talk about other factors that have me buzzing for this new generation of consoles. Something that really excites me regarding the new powerhouses of hardware is the speed of them, and that’s something we rarely see with the PS4 and Xbox One. It seems like the days of browsing Twitter whilst waiting for The Last of Us: Part II to load or waiting what felt like an eternity for Red Dead Redemption 2 to kick into gear is a thing of the past and that’s something that excites me from a productive standpoint. As well as the sheer power and speed behind these new behemoths, as a PS5 early adopter, the DualSense controller is something that looks super impressive with its adaptive triggers and haptic feedback from a technical standpoint and something that is new and potential exciting moving forward and something that has somewhat been lacking in the ‘controller’ department for a very long time.

Nico: 

Where do I start with this? New hardware is always an exciting thing to me. But in reality, the most exciting thing to me is how the new consoles will play and improve current gen titles! As with any console launch, the titles available on release are minimal, but there are plenty of current titles I still want to play, so being able to in a better way than I can now is super exciting for me! Oh, that DualSense controller looks absolutely nutty too!

Kieran: 

Faster loading times are something that I initially dismissed as a simple “nice-to-have” feature on next-gen consoles, but they’re fast becoming my most anticipated. I know I keep banging on about it because I like people to feel sorry for me, but being a parent means I have significantly less time to do stuff outside of looking after a child.

The “spare” hours outside of my daily responsibilities are arguably my most important resource, and I hate to waste them. When I sit down to play a game, the promise of faster loading times means that I’ll spend these precious minutes playing the game rather than looking at loading screens. It’s a big win!

On paper “faster loading times” isn’t all that exciting, but the literal minutes saved will soon add up to a substantial amount of time. I can then spend that time doing something much more important, such as collecting more achievements and trophies, which, as we all know, inflates the size of our e-wang and helps compensate for my lacking physical one.”

Jonny:

Truth be told, I’m not incredibly excited for the next gen as it stands. There isn’t much in that fairly slim-looking launch line-up that is going to tempt in someone who is probably more of a filthy casual than a hardcore. But Spider-Man: Miles Morales is pulling me in with his sticky webs. PS4’s Marvel’s Spider-Man was my personal game of whatever year it came out (sadly, the rest of NGB did not agree). The chance to return to New York not only with the star of the best Spider-Man film to date (don’t @ me), but with that extra PS5 sheen, is too much to ignore. 

The rest of the games will come in time (they’ve got seven years, after all), and I’d be very interested in any improvement to the PSVR kit. Beyond that, like anyone, I’m just looking forward to having a new shiny thing to forget a sketchy year. COVID? I don’t know her.

Abby:

As a PC gaming enthusiast who occasionally plays on a console, I’m not as hyped for either the series X/S or PS5 as others may be. There are elements of the PS5 I find intriguing though, which may eventually draw me in. The most intriguing thing for me is the PS5’s controller, something I can’t really replicate on PC. The adaptive triggers and haptic feedback sound pretty amazing and don’t really compare with keyboard and mouse. I do have dat RGB tho. What will definitely sell me on next gen consoles though is the exclusive games. Miles Morales, Fable 4 and Halo Infinite are all on my radar, and will ultimately be the driving force behind me buying a new console.

Matt:

Even though I’m not looking at getting a next gen console anytime soon I am excited to see the comparison of what next gen games can look like. We have already seen a few games like Spider-Man, which looks amazing, but I am anticipating big things. 

What excites you about next-gen? Let us know in the comments section below

Jess:

With next gen right around the corner, it’s hard not to be exciting for all the new posibilities. PS5 is on my personal radar and what I’m looking forward too the most is booting up the console for the first time. I remember booting up my PS1 for the first time back in the day and hearing the iconic sound as it got started. Same again for PS2, absolute *chef kiss* …. except for the Disk Error message, always a scary few seconds waiting for the boot up.

Next up is the controller. When PS3 launched, the Sixaxis was mind blowing. I recall playing Lair and using the controller to steer my dragon, simply awesome. Same for the PS4 controller. Using the motion sensors to sooth BB in Death Stranding and using the motion to control the brush in Okami, absolutely wonderful.

The PS5 controller sounds like it’s going to be bloody wonderful, with adaptive triggers and vibration, it’ll make next gen the most immersive gaming experience to date and I for one, cannot wait.

Ben:

Even though I’m cheating a little bit, as I’ve been fortunate enough to have hands on time with all three next gen consoles, the thing I was most looking forward to with these consoles was (much like fans of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock) speed. I upgraded my PC to include an NVMe drive relatively recently, and the improvements it gave me were mindblowing. Having games that are designed around a custom built system that runs exclusively off solid state storage is something that legitimately excited me, and I can’t wait to see what else games can do. Having reviewed Miles Morales and Astro’s Playroom already, the fact that I could get directly into gameplay in under 20 seconds was nothing short of ridiculous, and something that will be strange to accept as standard soon. Phenomenal gains in speed do come with a sacrifice in storage space, but honestly? It’s a trade off I’m willing to make.

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