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Published on June 23rd, 2013 | by gareth


Does The Media Need to Shut Up and Take a Break Regarding The Xbox One and Playstation 4?

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I like many spent months debating the pros and cons of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 gaming systems. From the press conferences for each system as well as hands on time during E3 I have spent much time covering them. We also have posted numerous opinion pieces on each system and have had staffers join in with their opinions on each system.

However, now that both companies have put their cards on the table, I believe that it is time for us in the media to do one thing. Shut up. No more opinion pieces, no more why this one is better than that one, or what is wrong with this one over that one.

Unless some major news comes out such as a hardware or price change, or like last week, a fundamental shift in features, the time is here for us to take a step back and wait until the final products are out before we start claiming a winner and stating which console is best and which one has won the new generation.

It was great drama to cover the blunders that Microsoft made time and again with the system, but they have made a step in the right direction and provided they keep their promises they are taking a step in the right direction following their very public beatings in the court of public opinion.

I have made my opinion as to which one I prefer based on features, hands on time, and past experiences with the company, and that is the Playstation 4. That being said, I was encouraged by the changes Microsoft announced last week even if it was done due to the massive wave of negativity they were inundated with.

For me I believe that what has been said both pro and con about each system has been covered to death so the time has come for us in the media to step back and wait until we get to more hands on time or until the consoles have been released,

I know this is the hot topic for many publications but in my opinion, it is time to take a break from the flood of console coverage and come back fresh when there is something to say beyond opinion and speculation.

Everytime I look at a gaming news site, all I see are numerous stories touting why one console is better than the other, issues with each console, and ad nauseum other stories speculating on each system. I think it is time to take a break and wait until there is something more substantial to report. I understand that the topic is a sure way to draw in traffic but there comes a point of overkill and oversaturation and I believe that point has been reached if not passed.

I for one hope we see the consoles at Comic Con but I realize that it is more likely that we will be seeing them in force at PAX Prime.

Either way, lets go to our neutral corners and wait for the bell before we come out swinging.

About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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