A Merry Little Christmas

So, this is the first blog of the New Year and I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year.

After Christmas, I had some time to reflect about the holiday that just passed us and wondered if you had “A Merry Little Christmas” or are you one of those people that could not wait for the Holiday to be over.

I hate to say this, but I am one of the latter type people. As a child, I loved Christmas, decorating the tree, getting people Christmas presents writing Christmas cards and shoveling snow. Ok reality check, scratch the snow part, but you get the point. Maybe, I am getting older but Christmas doesn’t seem fun anymore and what I saw this past wasn’t Christmas, but more about “Me” and what am I getting. I know commercials are supposed to entice kids to ask their parents for a particular present, but when you see commercials for Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Wii U, and let’s not forget the Dr. Dre headphones, it gets a little outrages.

Shhh, don’t tell Microsoft, but I am going to put their Xbox One, the Sony PS4 and the Nintendo Wii U, in the same paragraph. All units top the charts at a retail cost of $499.99, for the Xbox one $399.99 for the PS4, and $299.99 for the U. I don’t know about you, but that is one if not two car payments that I could make with that amount of $$. And if you want to play another game that’s about $60 a pop. If you are interested in the differences between the game consoles here you go. Oh and did I mention it only comes with one controller, so you’ll be playing with yourself.

 

Hardware Feature Comparison
Feature PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wii U
Price $399.99 $499.99 $349.99 / 299.99
Release Date US: 11.15.2013 11.22.2013 11.18.2012
EU: 11.29.2013
Optical Drive Blu-ray/DVD Blu-ray/DVD 25GB Optical Disc (Proprietary)
Game DVR Yes, PS+ subscription not required Yes, with subscription to Xbox Live Gold No
RAM 8GB GDDR5 8GB DDR3 2GB DDR3
CPU Single-chip x86 AMD “Jaguar” processor, 8 cores 8 Core Microsoft custom CPU Tri-Core PowerPC “Espresso” CPU
GPU AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next engine w/ 1152 shaders 853 MHz AMD Radeon GPU w/ 768 shaders AMD “Latte” 550 MHz GPU w/ 320 shaders
Peak GPU Shader Throughput 1.84 TeraFLOPS/s 1.31 TeraFLOPS/s (estimate)[19] 0.352 TeraFLOPS/s
Storage 500 GB 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive 500 GB Hard Drive 8GB or 32GB Flash
External Storage No Yes, USB Yes, USB
Removable Hard Drive Yes, must be at least 160 GB, thinner than 9.5mm No No

Next on my list were the Dr. Dre headphones, they seemed to be all the latest rage this year. Unfortunately, they can run you up to $299.00 and up. These kind of remind me of the Air Jordan Nike’s, people used to buy like crazy, sell on the street, and rips off from the stores. Let’s face it how many kids had his or her sneaker stolen, as a result of the overpriced shoe that would never touch a basket ball court in its lifetime. Now, I’m no expert, but I don’t think kids need professional priced headphones for their iPod; especially when their music is encoded in MP3, which if you know anything about music, you know is not that great, but kids needed to have them and parent need to shell out the dough like good little sheep and gave into peer pressure. Didn’t we used to ask our kids, “If everyone jumps off a bridge are you going to jump off the bridge”? Well, guess what, mom and dad beat you to the jump.

I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I am just amazed, at how parents justify spending hundreds of dollars per child for Christmas, just to make Dick and Jane happy for a short time. And where does it end? What happens next year? I trust I have given you some valuable things to think about. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.