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A few months ago we asked readers if they are ready for a new generation of video game consoles. While most respondents hope their next console purchase is still a few years off, some are ready to start the future of gaming today. Here are some responses.
Are you ready for a new generation of consoles? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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I'm happy with the current generation of systems
I think the holiday season of 2013 would be a good time for the next consoles
I believe it was the right time for nintendo to bring out and release very soon their HD console Wii U. I see much potential in the Wii U and its new futuristic gamepad( quote something that sony and microsoft doesn't have). I believe nintendo recieves so much criticism when their competition has as many problems as nintendo might have, but sony nor microsoft barely gets criticized.
I'm indifferent. One one hand I'm extremely excited for the new consoles to see what companies are doing with their next-gen. The reason is mainly because I find it interesting because the technology their pitching is what the company will be riding on for the next 5 or more years. On the other hand, I'm still working on a HUGE backlog of games that I've still got to experience.
So I am an industry insider.... i know from sources that speak through the grape vine, this is whats it's looking like since some companies on working on new Dev kits, but titles aren't slate to launch until 2013-2014 ... hmm... so heres the real deal...
2014 is the big Picture here for the NEXT GEN CONSOLE PUSH... 2013 has so many unfulfilled titles that may not launch until end of 2013 like GTA5, PREY 2, God of War Anscension, Rainbow Six Patriots and more,
The Big Summer of 2013 and fall of 2013 is when the last big budget games may be pushed out, some still tethering onto PS3 & PS4 same time, absurd to think, but history repeats itself.
Sony stills has at least 2 years left of great IP's so that means their consoles shelf life is at least going to be on par and above for next 3 years and probably making content until 2015-2016.
Were faced with the dilemma, now does Sony wait until 2014, this is probably the case.
Xbox will be second out of the gate, heres the breakdown
Wii U - Fall 2012
Xbox Next(Unofficial Name)-Fall 2013
PS4 -Fall 2014
All consoles are launching with new IP's that are bridging the gap between super HD film/ animation into interactive film/animation so smooth that soon you wont notice transitions from cutscenes to gameplay.
It will be so seamless and smooth you will feel like an extension of our own reality merged with the one we are playing on screen.
The best example that I have seen with the Wii U, is ZobiU, it allows smooth transitions into gameplay and the animations in the game are highly detailed. I feel seamlessness and HD animation is what is going to be the 1st. Tier of true NEXT GEN CONSOLES, it's when we forget were playing the game and become so emerged it's border line VR, thats what the NEXT GEN of 2014 is going to be about.
My body is ready for a new console! I love Nintendo and waiting for the Wii U is killing me I just want a price already!
I say give it a few more years. I’d rather spend my money on new games than a new system.
Totaly NOT! There is still SOOOOO much ofr the PS3 & 360. We can take those two alone further by making insanly awsome games for them (AC3 anyone?). Now for the Wii? Yah, I'm cool with it.
Not ready for the new generation. There is still a lot in this generations consoles so why make more new ones?
Man, that is such a loaded question. Of course you are going to have those who are ready and those who are not. And you will have every excuse in the book for and against.
The essence of any console developer and game enthusiast is to promote progress and use better technology. We do not want to stop progress. Our limitations always boil down to time and money. So the middle ground is progress at reasonable economic value.
If gamers and devs really, really want to win, then make new systems backward compatible. Come on you smart people! There's enough hardware/software firepower in these consoles to start deploying a Virtual Mode (Shell,OS) to play older OS/software. You get win-win:
Devs can make money by selling non-maintained older titles while maintaining the fan base, yet letting those hungry for new stuff rock on with pride.
Users, they get what they can afford, when they are ready, and they progress at their chosen pace. The culture, peer-pressure, and hype will drive the acceptation rate. Hell Devs, why don't you sell the Virtual Mode as an add-on for additional revenue? Please check GOG.com as a reference.
Does it bring it's own problems (IP Protections, Secondary Market Challenges)? Yes, but that's progress. Are you really going to do the same thing over again and expect different results?
New Consoles will be needed. It's a mark of progress. It's a stepping stone to let Devs produce the next level of interactive story telling and community building. We can't turn from it and we can't wait until everybody is ready. Simply improve the acceptation rate to continue the progress for financial gain and technical progress. Think!
Although I am always excited about any type of new hardware, specially major one like new consoles, I see how bothersome getting a new console can be for some. The first reason being that we do not need new ones, the current ones are powerful enough, I like it when there are limitations actually because this forces developers that cant compete in terms of power against triple A games to make more creative and artistic environments rather than more realistic graphics. Second is that in establishing new online services and online stores, it will be hard for indie developers to publish their games during the first years, I think. Hopefully the big three will try to make this transition fast for their sake because I have come to love indie games, they are the future of the gaming industry.