10 Reasons Everyone's Giving Up On Next-Gen Consoles
10. You Have To Pay To Play Online
Though not something that originated with this generation, mandatory subscription fees to access the online features of a console is a problem that's only gotten worse this time around. In the seventh generation, one of the bigger pros toward the PlayStation 3 and Wii over the Xbox 360 was that they had free online, which meant you didn't have to constantly worry about an extra bill at the end of the month on top of a five hundred dollar machine. Since the advent of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One however, the only home console of the big three that doesn't charge players for online play is the Wii U, a console that's been failing miserably all generation long. At sixty bucks a year, paying for online doesn't really seem worth it, especially if you only use the online occasionally. For PC gamers, this has never really been an issue. For the average Steam or GOG user, the idea of paying to play online for a single service on top of your ISP bill probably seems pretty ridiculous. For those who just want to play online occasionally, or just don't see the point in paying, having to worry about extra fees is a huge turn off when shopping for new gaming hardware.
Ken was born in 1994, and before the turn of the century, he was already a gamer for life, starting with Pokémon Blue Version. He has a passion for storytelling, especially in the gaming medium. Growing up on a healthy diet of JRPGs and point and click adventure games, young Kenny grew up playing Nintendo and Sony consoles, before becoming a snobby member of the PC Master Race. Nowadays, he resides in a time warp, refusing to believe the nineties ended as he fills up his Steam library with old point and clicks and cRPGs.