When the winter draws in, you can be forgiven for not finding the idea of going outside and running around a muddy field in a pair of shorts particularly appealing. It ranks alongside the notion of swimming in shark-infested waters or having to eat only steamed broccoli and brown rice for the next month!
Given that the coming winter is anticipated to be a particularly harsh one, you could be doing even more gaming than usual over the next few months, which could mean that the time is right to invest in a new console and that will mean experienced gamers revisiting the age old debate – PlayStation or Xbox?
Whatever you choose in the end, the truth is that the nature of gaming in changing and consoles have to do a lot more than beat one another on the graphics front to draw our attention.
Interestingly, a number of independent studies have shown that more of us than ever before are doing what is known as “triple screening”: the practice of using a mobile phone and laptop or tablet at the same time as watching television.
This could tell us that no one device is currently good enough to properly capture our attention, and that we need something fresh, new and exciting to keep us interested.
Step forward the PS4 and the Xbox One. The struggle for supremacy between Sony and Microsoft in the console market has been an absorbing one, and it would be extremely difficult to get any sort of consensus amongst the gaming community as to which is the better.
The most recent battle, that of the PS3 against the Xbox 360, was arguably shaded by the former, which boasted a 550 MHz NVIDIA/ SCEI RSX with reality synthesiser, instead of the Xbox 360’s 500 MHZ ATI Xenos card.
Unfortunately, the extremely complex architecture and graphics of the PS3 came at the expense of loading times and other issues, making certain games a bit slow and clunky. The next challenge for Sony will be to maintain its visual strength whilst ironing these problems out.
It’s worth noting that Sony took steps to address the triple-screening phenomena with their PS Vita which can be used as a second screening, portable remote for the PS4. Considering GAME recently ran a promotion of their new tablet range by undertaking a study of 2,000 Brits to determine gaming habits and found that almost four fifths (79%) watch TV while keeping gadgets such as tablets, laptops and phones within easy reach, this decision could be a wise one.
The simple truth is that manufacturers need to do more than just create a competent console that performs well. They need a product which engages on multiple levels and allows users to satisfy their triple-screening lust. As GAME’s infographic shows, the nature of gaming now relies on multiple interactions with content and the ability to share and comment with others whilst playing or simply watching TV.