This console generation is going on to be one of the longest generations we have ever had. And I have been happy with the results so far. The industry has evolved into making video games more deep and complex in nature. We have seen some of the most memorable IPs in games like Mass Effect, Gears of War, Resistance, Uncharted, infamous, and the list just goes on. Heck, we are even seeing the return of Duke Nukem. With all that said, do we need a new console generation?


                I am sure at one point or another every gamer has thought about what comes next. Will the new xbox be shaped like a top hat, will the next Wii be called the Wii Wii, or will the Playstation 4 cost more than a house?


Now, I think we all know this generation is going to last another 2 or 3 years before any announcements are made. Still, do we need a new generation sooner?  In my professional opinion, I say short answer no-ish. Is that a word?  Now, that may sound confusing, but that only means it is working.


                There is nothing wrong with the consoles we have right now, but let's run down some good aspects of that a new generation of consoles good bring. Remember this is all my, 100% correct, opinion.


Better Visuals

                Now I know the term is graphics, but I hate that word so we're not using it. There is no denying that current games are working in overtime to continually impress everyone visually. Naturally with a new generation of consoles greater horsepower under the hood is a given. More horse power, more chances to make more immersive experiences. There is an unfortunate downside to this however. When new consoles release visuals don't see any insignificant increase usually for a few years. I do think the tradeoffs of a few inconsistent years of bad visuals are worth the eventual consistent eye bleeding visuals down the road. I would especially like to see Nintendo have some actual horsepower under the hood, because who doesn't get tired of hearing "It looks good for a Wii game"?

( The future, looks like this...)


Improvements to Online Services

                This one is especially important to me. This factor decides where I spend most of my money and time. A good example would be the current generation we are in now. Now, I loves me Ps3. If the Ps3 where a woman and I were single I can tell you I'd be all over that... mya. Like mustaches on Issac Clarke. That being said, I loves me xbox 360's online much more. I find it smoother and more easily integrated with everything else. So, with a new generation of consoles, maybe companies like Sony (or Nintendo *cough*) could improve the design of their respective online services. I personally would love to have a smoother online experience with Sony. Heck, I would even like to see a capable service on a Nintendo for a change. I would even like to see cloud gaming more predominant in the next generation of consoles.

( I want to love your online, really. It's not me, it's you.)



                This may sound moronic and completely arbitrary. To those who say that *slap in face repeatedly* it's my freaking list! This may sound surprising, but I think the Wii is the best looking console. When I see the Wii, I honestly see the plastic version of Natalie Portman.  Sadly the Wii does not have the talent that Natalie Portman does, so that comparison is now jumped out a window with its femurs sticking out it. Yes, design is important. I can't tell you how many times I look at my original Ps3 after a weekend of neglecting it and seeing the innumerable piles of dust that stick to it.  I personally like having things that look good in my house. I bought many of my furnishings because they looked good in my home, so design does matter to me. With a new generation of consoles I want to see even better looking systems, better yet customization. I would love my home console to be upgradable like my PC. How awesome would it be to have a fully decked out Playstation or xbox?

( I wanted to use a picture of Natalie Portman, but this is serious business people. No time to oggle over beautiful women. No matter how gorgeous and talented)


New IPs

Reader:          But, Cody!

 Cody Gilley: Yes, irritating voice in my head.

 Reader:                     New IPs can be released at any time!

Cody Gilley:  True, irritating reader whose words sting like a salad fork in the eye. It is true that new IPs                        can come out at any time during a consoles lifetime. That being said, a developer is more         likely to  release a new IP for a brand new system of consoles. Think about it, what games dominate the landscape now? Almost all the heavy hitters were starting out during the current generation's early lifecycle. If we had a new generation I bet we would see a new group of IPs.People do eventually get tired of the same, though the sells of CoD may say otherwise. What's a better time to introduce new IPs? New console make the landscape a much more even battlefield. Crap, now I can't stop thinking about Battlefield 3. I thought I was really in the zone for a moment there, oh well.

 (What number are we on now?)


Proper Implementation of Motion Controls and 3D Technology

The motion controls are nothing but gimmicks to me that a few buttons could easily replace. Still, if everyone insists on having motion controls, let's build our systems to fully maximize them.  I mean right now the Wii feels outdated, the Kinect does everything but play decent games, and the Playstation Move looks like an erotic toy. If you insist on me jumping around to play my games, let's just start from scratch. Having a new generation of consoles ensures that everyone has all the proper controls, but could make them more central to the gaming experience. Gameplay could become more immersive if Motion Controls and 3D were implemented properly, instead both are just afterthoughts most of the time.

(Who doesn't want proper 3D utilized in our games? Just me? Darn it...)



                 Those are just a few good ramblings I can think of at the moment. Now that we have seen some possible good, let us delve into the possible craphole.



More Consistent Quality Titles

                We are in currently having an influx of quality software at any given moment. This is the first time in my 16 years of gaming that I can't keep up with everything. I try to get my hands on every title, but this is just getting ridiculous. I can only do acts at questionable hotels with suspicious characters so many times a week.  Let me run down my shopping list so far this year, this should be fun. 

  • Killzone 3 Collector's Edition
  • Dead Space 2 Collector's Edition *2
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 Collector's Edition
  • Two World's 2 Collector's Edition
  • Bulletstorm
  • Crysis 2
  • Homefront
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Mass Effect 2 Playstation 3 version
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Collector's Edition
  • 4000msp for dlc/arcade games

                If I did my math right, I have spent 800$ dollars so far this year. This is with all discounts and everything. That is a $%!^ ton on moolah I have spent. All these great game means that gamers are consistently broke. I couldn't even get a 3DS, let alone a new home console.  With such a consistent amount of quality titles, I find it hard to justify getting a new console. Now a smarter shopper wouldn't buy like me, so a smarter shopper may be ready for a newer console. I personally don't know how I could afford all the great games coming out as well as a new console this year. There is just not enough money to make in robbing elementary school kids like there used to be... oh well.

(This is how good I am with money people)


Wasted Motion Control Potential

                This mostly applies to Kinect and the Move. Nothing against Nintendo, but I think we have seen the most from their wagglemote. Both the Move and Kinect are relatively new to the market and neither one has a single must have game. Sure, the Kinect can perform brain surgery and makes Killzone players less accurate, but nothing stands out. Having a new generation of consoles would just make the Kinect and Move both feel like wasted potential.  

(Insert creepy child related joke here)


Elder Scrolls V isn't out yet

Really, that's all I have to say about that.



More Focus on Utilizing the Tech We Have Available


This goes directly with the "More Consistent Quality Titles", but when a new console releases the games are usually steaming piles. Take the recent 3DS, almost all the games are just average at best. I can even go back to the xbox 360 launch where the best games we Call of Duty 2, Kameo, and King Kong. The Playstation 3 had just Resistance for the longest time. The Wii... actually had a pretty decent line up, brave Nintendo. In all seriousness, do we want to go through that 2 year drought with every new console? Eventually we have to, but should we just get it over with?

(Do we really need a few years of these?)

That was a long post. I feel though I should make a joke involving pixie dues, a giraffe, and 3 dwarves, but I won't. Instead I will leave you with a question. Do we need new consoles? What are some of the pros and cons?


As always thanks for your time, I'm Cody Gilley aka thatdudewithbluehair signing off.