All I’ve been reading about lately is the Xbox One X－or X.B.O.X.
I’m seeing it everywhere and it can’t be my fault. Even when I want to learn more about some games, it becomes mostly about how well the title plays on the new machine. If you too are feeling left out, then know that you aren’t alone.
I’m sure that I’m not the only one who can’t afford a $600/£450 console that needs to be paired with a $1000/£600 or more 4K TV. It’s a huge investment, and for what? Better lighting effects? I’m not sold on that one because I have never prioritized graphics. If a game is fun, the way it looks won’t affect me at all. Of course if the graphics are so bad that it hinders the gameplay then that’s something else, but other than that I don’t care. I played Super Mario Bros. 3 the other day, and by modern standards the game looks terrible. But it’s still a brilliant and fun game.
If the power of the X.B.O.X was going to revolutionize the way games are played, then gamers would have no choice but to buy it. Me included. But there will be no revolution. The choice will remain. The games can still be played on our antiquated Xbox Ones. Our experience will not be “enhanced”, but I’ll live and I can use the money I saved for the premium ale!
Believe me, I do want one. I had seen an X.B.O.X in Walmart and I fell instantly in love. My internal dialogue was in over-drive as I stood there arguing with my rational side. There I stood, drooling, thinking of all the ways I could cut costs from my life: perhaps my one year old doesn’t need diapers this month, or my car doesn’t need fuel. In hindsight both ideas are bad and that’s probably why I lost the argument to my smarter rational self. I left the store with only the necessities I had gone for.
After I got home I turned on my boring-old Xbox One that I bought in early 2014, played some Middle-earth: Shadow of War and thought that the game looks fine – especially on my lame-good-for-nothing 1080 TV.
So, I’m pretty sure my point is that if you think the gaming world is passing you by, and that you’re missing out on what modern gaming has to offer, then relax. It will be okay. PC gamers have always been light years ahead of us console people and it hasn’t ruined us. Regardless, the games are still going to be great. Despite what marketers will have you believe, better defined lighting effects will not change your life. Sacrificing a couple of mortgage payments might!
I hope I helped ease your minds. I know that rotten feeling when you don’t own the cool toy, and it’s not going to get easier during the upcoming Christmas. The holidays have always been video game season. There will be a lot of ads showing off the new sexy releases. But be strong, and know that in two years the X.B.O.X will be considerably cheaper when a newer and better console is released.
And if Santa is listening, I’ll gladly accept one as a gift.