Console games get optimised, PC games just lazily use more resources with an ever inflating underlying OS. That's not a PC bash, its reality of programmers and resources (i've worked on sony, nintendo, sega and PC games). Overall I've spent about 1k the gaming PC (ignoring the laptop) over the 6 years I've had the PS3 (220 plus shipping from japan = 350).
Console gaming is like a mass supermarket produced loaf of white sliced bread.
PC gaming is like a freshly made artisan crafted loaf.
People compare new PC/upgrade costs to consoles but in the long run, PC gamers like myself don't splash out out £400/300/200 etc on a new/second hand games console. I just put the cost of it straight into my PC which I get soooo much more use out of, not just for gaming but from a wealth of other uses. I bet most console owners have a separate laptop/PC too. And if you put the cost of a new console along side the cost of an equivalent PC/laptop, you could easily get a quality gaming rig to last you a good few years.
Not to mention the cost of games over a PC's and console life span. Consoles cant even touch the value that Steam sales provide and most new bing name titles come in at around £20 more the the PC version. And no worries about backward compatibility either to which so many people make a fuss over. I can still run games form the 90's on my PC!
I like console games and PC games, its not really about one of the other. Sticking with one doesn't make sense to me, there's games I enjoy playing on consoles that aren't available on PC (MGS, GT, Demon Souls, Ni No Kuni) and vice versa (arma, dayz).
Point here being the PS4 *is* a PC. In fact it's closer to a Mac as it's more single purpose without upgrades or hardware/software changes in mind. Same architecture, same style GPU, same sort of storage.
I'm almost certain we won't see any more generations after this as there'll be no point.
horses for courses, why do people get so upset that everyone isn't a fan of THEIR specific favourite.
I personally like to be able to sit on the couch after work, talk to the missus, and shoot people in their stupid faces over the internet on my PS3. Lots of my friends are on PSN, and I enjoy not having to play with graphics settings to get a game working properly. Also, I've a PS+ subscription, and every month I get a raft of games to play that I wouldn't have otherwise tried (red dead redemption, Bioshock 2, Sleeping Dogs, etc etc )
I also play steam games, but only when I have something I really wanna try out thats not available elsewhere. I don't have a dedicated gaming rig, cause it'd have to go in the study - I don't really wanna be cut off from my missus when I only get to see her 3 evenings out of 7.
Why is that an issue?
1. How much will it cost ?
2. Any photos of what the console and controllers look like ?
3. If it is 4k compatible then will they release 4k blu rays for movies etc ?
Proprietary devices of common underlaying hardware are only increasing in sales. Consoles have always offered devs a stable platform to build on for a few years, they have also pioneered small hardware innovations that drive industry, it also generates huge amounts of money so it will take a large shift for this to disappear any time soon.
Not forgetting Steams venture into the 'PC/Console' world in the not too distant future. Will it be classed as a console? A PC? A hybrid? They will be one to closely monitor as if they nail it, maybe Future Microsoft & Sony offerings will be more PC-like with the ability to download full games to their devices.
Controller - Sony, learn will you. Your current controller was good in the 90s but it just isn't designed with the analogue sticks in mind. Even the most devout Sony fanboys (I know) hate the controller now - most converted to xbox, partly at least, because of it. And a touch screen, just why? Talk about using technology for the sake of it!