I remember the day when I was surprised at the first game system Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) that I recalled in the mid-90s.
At the turn of the millennium, I was taken aback and admired the gorgeous PlayStation visual effects at that time. I want to believe that what I saw is indeed true, but I found it was too far-fetched to believe. Until I had the opportunity to hold my DualShock controller in my hand and play Crash Bandicoot, I didn’t believe that Sony Creation fulfilled its promise.
After spending years on game consoles, it’s time to switch to the next generation of the era. When I saw Colin McRae Rally’s gameplay on PlayStation 2, I was in awe of the details of the car.
In the original PlayStation era, one of my dissatisfaction was that the appearance of the game was never as good as the pre-rendered introductory video. With PS2, which is the best-selling game console ever, this problem is solved.
Then, when we switched to PlayStation 3, I experienced another wave of surprises. This time, all games can be played in high-definition 720p and look better. Likewise, I can hardly believe that the console has come this far. Especially GTA V, one of the most played games even in 2020, looks great on PS3.
As the stakes increase, the difficulty of creating better content also increases. When PlayStation 4 was launched, I admired the visible development in the game, but I was nowhere near as amazing as when I switched from PS1 to PS2-it was a defining era. Everything looks more or less similar, especially since the new generation of games at the time looked a lot like their predecessors.
A few years later, we encountered “not so next-generation” consoles: PS4 Pro and Xbox OneX. These two game consoles are quasi-appropriate upgrades designed to reduce the public’s appetite for the true next generation.
But why should Xbox One X owners (whose current devices are much more powerful than the “next-generation” Xbox Series S) go out and buy the latest work in the console space? There is a very special reason.
It is not graphics, because Xbox One X can produce true 4K. This is not the visual effect, nor the feel of the controller. It is storage.
Love in three letters: SSD
I still find it strange that the biggest advantage of the console generation is its storage type, but this is not the case.
Yes, of course, the visual effects are better, and some games have ray tracing even on the lower-level Series S, but the “latest generation” consoles still look good. This may not be the real reason why many people make the upgrade or switch decision.
But the Velocity architecture of the Xbox Series S makes this device one of the most convenient single gadgets I have ever owned.
If you do not choose the power saving mode, you will have the most convenient device ever. It launches in less than a second, putting you in place. No need to exit, the console can keep the saved content of the game so that you can return after opening it again. Personally, I don’t rely on it too much, but if I absolutely don’t want to lose it at the moment, it will come in handy. However, please pay attention to your electricity bill. The convenience of this console is its biggest selling point.
The PS3/Xbox 360 and PS4/Xbox One eras are doomed to fail. They do not have the convenience of early consoles that rely on the plug-and-play principle. They forced constant updates, the time to load the game was slow, and we experienced the natural side effects of the transition from the analog to the digital world. The PS5 / Xbox Series X|S era will at least correct the slow loading time. If the continuous update problem is also resolved, then we can enjoy a smooth game experience in this generation as in the good old days. Insert the disc, open the disc, and start the game.
The surprising turn of fate is exactly what the next generation promises to do: bring back the convenience of a fairly primitive console.
I haven’t tried PS5, but so far, it works very smoothly with Xbox Series S. It can be launched almost immediately, and the game can be launched from wherever you leave within two to three seconds.
Thanks again to the SSD-based Velocity architecture, another feature is Quick Resume. Xbox Series S can run up to four games simultaneously without losing any of them. You can switch between almost any game. It only takes about 10 seconds to transition from the streets of London in “Watch Dogs: Legion” to the streets of Lost Paradise in “Mafia: Final Edition”, or from “Planet” The “War” universe transitions to the wizard’s Nilfgard, if that is what you want-if you ask me, then it is a real treat and a real game changer!
The next generation of ultra-realistic lighting effects, the stylish appearance of the console or the ergonomics of the controller-these are welcome changes, don’t get me wrong. But the most important function is the console itself.
Tell me how to store the games I play and I will tell you how good the treatment is. Especially if you are frustrated with all the inconvenience caused to us in the past 10 years, it should comfort you.
It’s time to make changes.