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This is the Modem World: The console war is over… sorta

juni 13, 2013

Each week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem World, a column dedicated to exploring the culture of consumer technology.

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It seems, at least according to the editorial and social rhetoric I’ve read over the past few days, that the console war has ended before a single unit has sold, and the Sony PlayStation 4 has won. Meanwhile, after a series of questionable announcements and policies, Microsoft’s Xbox One is a battered warrior before it’s had a chance to make an appearance.

It is, of course, silly to predict or even recognize this, but I’m going to do so anyway. Why? It’s worth mentioning why gamers have — at least for now — turned their backs to Microsoft. The issues are numerous, and they all point to features and functionalities that hardcore gamers don’t want, don’t get or simply don’t like. Average consumers haven’t chimed in yet — they will do so at the register this fall once they’ve asked the likes of you and me what to get — but here’s a very quick look at what troubles the Xbox One and how the PlayStation 4 appears to be doing things right.

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