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Default The upcoming console race! More contenders than ever before!

The coming console generation looks like it will be a serious battlefield. The PS4 and Kickstarter Champion Ouya are the only ones with official specs released, but the five (!) other contenders are still ambiguous. That is a total of SEVEN consoles fighting for YOUR attention in 2013!

Playstation 4:
8 Core x86 1.6 Ghz CPU (AMD) ; Custom AMD GPU (1.84 Teraflops) w/ 2.2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM ; Dedicated video streaming chip (software only supports uStream though) ; 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. 160 GB storage, unknown whether it is a mechanical, flash or SSD drive.

Microsoft Nextbox
Identical CPU to the PS4 ; Unknown GPU (too many different rumours to be precise) ; 8 GB of RAM ; 500 GB storage.

Steambox
4-core (8 thread) 3.4 Ghz CPU (probably Intel) ; Unknown GPU ; 8 GB of DDR3 RAM ; 240 GB SSD drive storage ; Fully modular, upgradeable by the least tech-savvy person on the planet ; environmentally friendly focus


Ouya
Dual core 2 Ghz CPU with Integrated Nvidia graphics. Geared towards 2D gaming on Android. Can also run less intensive 3D games (pre-2010). The smallest console on offer, when considering the main unit only, no larger than a small teacup.


Gamestick
Gamestick is the smallest system, console and peripheral in one. Specs are unknown, but the main unit is no larger than a USB dongle.


Nvidia Shield
The Shield is a console similar to the WiiU, but with greater hardware and streaming capabilities. Furthermore, the entire console is in your hand whilst playing.


WiiU
WiiU was the first console announced this generation, and is already looking quite underpowered next to the PS4 and the Steambox. This will likely be the big flop of the generation. Sales so far are woefully abysmal.


===========Which one is your favourite?===========
Answering: "PC" is a valid option

My personal choice would be the Steambox. It has the greatest games library by a long shot, and while it is a PC in all respects, it has all the trappings in place for the inept user that doesn't want to ever see a desktop. The upgrading is foolproof, so in all respects it is a PC for the lowest common denominator, with greater hardware power than any of the other consoles. And for the normal PC gamer, it doesn't take any effort at all to use it as a normal PC system. If there is any justice in the world, the Steambox will emerge the biggest seller.

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I'm just gonna go with the PS4
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PC. Still had better shelf life and more versitile.

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My PC is still pretty decent, I don't need to update it.
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Not really concerned with the "next gen" systems yet I'll wait till they've been out for a year before I make my decision.

Btw Metal, you were off on the specs for the PS4. It's running 8 gigs of GDDR5 not DDR3 for ram

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Despite the great offerings, i will probably not get my son a console to replace his ps3 and get him an alienware laptop instead. Big dollars for sure but mine has been so good that i would like to bring him over to the same platform as me so i can play with him. Admittedly though the steambox would probably do that same job very well. So my choice would be
PC
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fuck. double post.

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