My progression into gaming was pretty straightforward. I started with a VIC 20, followed by a Commodore 64, then an Apple IIGS, got a SEGA Genesis for Christmas junior year, then off to college with a Hewlett Packard Pavillion. My PlayStation 1 got me through grad school and a PS2 got me through years of underemployment. I dropped my Sony loyalty, getting an Xbox 360 when we bought our first house. I upgraded to a Forza Xbox One when I went to Ford. We added a PlayStation 4 Pro a few Christmases ago, then to an Xbox Series X last spring. My youngest got a Nintendo Switch somewhere along the way, too. This Christmas we added a PlayStation 5 and an Oculus Quest 2.
It’s at once embarrassing and overwhelming to try to manage four gaming systems simultaneously and evaluate which games make sense for which platform. I’ve tried to simplify things with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as part of the Series X purchase. That’s been helpful from a discovery and every day play standpoint for countless titles that wouldn’t have been worth $60 or more to prove disappointing.
Where things get trickier is knowing which Switch titles are actually good for a 2nd grader. He’s a good reader, but some of the games ask a lot of the player. Additionally, trying to stay on top of PlayStation exclusives may be a challenge. I’ve historically been an EA devotee, so story-oriented games are a bit of a blind spot for me. I’ve purchased so many games I never had a hope of finishing once we had kids. I didn’t do a great job managing across platforms on the last gen consoles we had primarily because friends had PlayStation and the prospect of playing together online in the pandemic was attractive. It has happened maybe a handful of times.
Finally, Oculus Quest 2 is new territory altogether. I’ve been generally bearish on VR with the exception of some industrial applications. What I’ve seen in the last week are some pretty simple games that are fine, if not especially immersive and fun. Looking at this list from the Verge, it looks like there are few compelling options for a sports-forward kid.
What’s coming in 2022 that’s worth looking out for?