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Could PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X be swan song for consoles?

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Every time Sony and Microsoft announce their new consoles, like clockwork the question arises, could this be the swan song for both.

As long as technology keeps advancing, the world will eagerly gobble up the next generation system.

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I recently started playing Fortnite on my pc with my son who plays it on Switch. Internet games are great but the downside is the internet connection which sometimes causes a delay or error at a crucial moment. I think both dedicated consoles and internet games have their place.

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Thought a teraflop was a type of flop, like in movies.

Flop - failed

Kiloflop- failed badly

Megaflop- failed miserably

Gigaflop - failed terribly

Teraflop - the worst fail currently allowed by technology

example - the latest sale of the Xbox 180 was a record teraflop when only 10 sales out of 100 million projected were recorded.

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RecklessToday 04:24 pm JST

I recently started playing Fortnite on my pc with my son who plays it on Switch. Internet games are great but the downside is the internet connection which sometimes causes a delay or error at a crucial moment. I think both dedicated consoles and internet games have their place

I'm currently in the boonies. Internet is 26kbs usually (dial-up speed). Unless the console games available are standalone (dont require internet for registration, logging on, general playing, or anything else), don't require internet updates, and I can buy physical games rather than downloading (you know how many months it would take to download 1GB of data on 26kbs?), I cannot buy.

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For the prices they sell these machines at, it should come with a built-in internet (or "xbox net") that communicates with other consoles. Not a modem, but a full-fledged internet without subscription, etc. Working right out of the box.

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I agree they are very pricy. You might just connect your laptop to the tv screen and buy a usb connected joystick and play games that way to save money.

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You can always opt out on purchasing a PS5 or an Xbox when as Google Stadia is an alternative solution.

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The big thing, and the last generation sort of took the biggest major step in it, is the obliteration of the difference between a console and a 'computer.'

Because the fact is, most consoles nowadays can run every type of program that your average home computer can. And with the right setup (usually in graphics cards), most home computers can run everything a console can. The main differences lay in the peripherals (keyboard/mouse, gamepad, etc).

But things like streaming video, browsing the Internet, etc can easily be accomplished by both at relatively similar speeds.

So how long before both consoles are more or less just home computers with proprietary game tech and that's about it?

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So how long before both consoles are more or less just home computers with proprietary game tech and that's about it?

The game consoles would need to run Microsoft Office for me to switch. All of my clients use that and I tried using Google word apps but they would not accept it.

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I agree they are very pricy. You might just connect your laptop to the tv screen and buy a usb connected joystick and play games that way to save money.

The gaming laptops that would be the equivalent of these 4k60 consoles would be even more expensive - at least $1k. Don't expect just any laptop to play graphics-intensive games in a not-terrible user experience way

Project xCloud aka Xbox Game Streaming just launched officially last week (it's been available on beta for months). It's only on Android devices right now (Android smartphones, Android TV, Chromebooks) but will eventually be on other devices including computers and smart TVs. It allows people to play these new games without having to buy a new console, but a good internet connection is necessary (basically around 10 Mbps - the equivalent of streaming Netflix in HD)

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