Friday, November 13, 2020

New Generation of Console - Same Old Problems

It seems like we're always going to have the same problems for every new generation of consoles. A few users will have the following problems:
  • Death on Arrival (DoA) - Some users will plug everything to their monitors only to find out that the console won't start due to an hardware failure. 
  • Software Failures - Some users will experience software failures either due to a hardware failure or something that can be fixed via a patch.
  • Overheating - A friend of mine, who was fortunate enough to get one of the next generation console, has stated that she got an error message related to the console overheating.
Note that I paid special care not to mention any one console. You could take this post back in time to when the Xbox One and PS4 first launched and it would still apply. 

What's the solution here? Well it doesn't look like Sony/Microsoft have a solution for this, considering that the same mistakes seems to be happening every generation, therefor the responsibility falls on the consumer not to buy into the next generation early. It's best to wait a few months or, better yet, during the second version of the console (ex: Xbox One S) before buying in with the hopes that most issues would be fixed by then.

Obviously, not everybody is going to wait and not everybody is going to have problems. The launch day is always messy though and it's a shame that there isn't a better solution.

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