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We're just a few weeks away from Microsoft's press conference where they plan to unveil their plans for the next Xbox, so I thought I'd get some thoughts from you guys on what you're anticipating from next-gen and what you're afraid of as well. For me, I'm a little more worried than hopeful about next gen. With the Wii U's slow start, I have to wonder if the same thing will happen to PS4 and the Nextbox, especially if they're pretty pricey ($399 and above). Each of the big three have their weaknesses as well: Nintendo needs to prove to consumers why they should buy the Wii U, Sony is on unstable ground with their business overall, and MS has a lack of exclusives compared to the other two. It'll be interesting to see how each tackles their respective issues. My biggest fear right now is for Wii U; will Nintendo be able to keep third party support going? People always admit that they mostly buy Nintendo consoles for Nintendo games, which is mostly true; and I'm sure they'll be a lot of awesome first-party titles, but if Ninty can't most of the same third party titles PS4 and Nextbox are getting, that'd be a bad situation for them. The reason for that, as Pachter outlined, is that in the past (and especially during the Wii period), Nintendo makes a large percentage of their money through royalties on every game sold, so if there's little third party support, that's a good percentage of money they won't be getting this time around. That, and the fact that many new game engines won't run on it (Frostbite 3, CryEngine 2, Unreal Engine 4) does have me worried that they may be left out of the loop. But who knows, they might be able to pull through and find a way to make third party games work. What about you guys? Biggest hopes/fears for next generation?
Now that Sony has officially announced the PS4, all eyes are now on Microsoft to announce their own next-gen console. What would you guys like to see from their next console? Personally, I would like to see something more than just getting a beefed-up 360. I would like a reason to get whatever they offer other than better graphics. Although, some new exclusives would certainly help...
Jordan Haygood posted a article in Analysis & OpinionsI have heard the same tired arguments far too often over the years when it comes to console generations. People seem to think there are specific qualifications for a console to truly be considered â€œnext-genâ€; that if other consoles outmatch another in horsepower, the less powerful one belongs in the last generation. And according to these people, with some disregard for the word“s literal definition, â€œgenerationâ€ means something else entirely. Look, I respect everyone's opinions and all, but they won“t change facts. Many gamers' definition of â€œgenerationâ€ isn“t correct; the less-powerful consoles do not belong in previous generations, and above all else, we shouldn“t even be fighting over something so pointless when we can just enjoy the most important part of this medium: the video games themselves. All this Console Wars nonsense is making gamers forget what gaming is all about. It's making gamers forget what generations are all about. So perhaps it's about time for a little refresher on what it truly means to be "next-gen," and most importantly, what it truly means to be a gamer. The Definition of â€œGenerationâ€ When a new generation comes along, what does that mean? Does it mean what a lot of gamers seem to think it means; that you can only be in the next generation if your power far exceeds that of the previous generation? No, it doesn“t. What it does mean is that the previous generation has another generation to succeed it, and that“s it. But what exactly IS a â€œgenerationâ€? Well, let“s see what Dictionary.com has to say: gen·er·a·tion [jen-uh-rey-shuh n] noun the entire body of individuals born and living at about the same time: the postwar generation. the term of years, roughly 30 among human beings, accepted as the average period between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring. a group of individuals, most of whom are the same approximate age, having similar ideas, problems, attitudes, etc. Compare Beat Generation, Lost Generation. a group of individuals belonging to a specific category at the same time: Chaplin belonged to the generation of silent-screen stars. a single step in natural descent, as of human beings, animals, or plants. a form, type, class, etc., of objects existing at the same time and having many similarities or developed from a common model or ancestor (often used in combination): a new generation of anticancer drugs; a third-generation phone. the offspring of a certain parent or couple, considered as a step in natural descent. the act or process of generating; procreation. the state of being generated. production by natural or artificial processes; evolution, as of heat or sound. Biology. a. one complete life cycle. b. one of the alternate phases that complete a life cycle having more than one phase: the gametophyte generation. Mathematics. the production of a geometrical figure by the motion of another figure. Physics. one of the successive sets of nuclei produced in a chain reaction. (in duplicating processes, as photocopying, film, etc.) the distance in duplicating steps that a copy is from the original work. The most basic definition you can get from the 14 definitions above is that a generation is what comes after another generation. Simple enough, right? In other words, my generation came after my dad“s generation, his generation came after his dad“s, and so on. Therefore, that made-up definition a lot of gamers have given to console generations earlier isn“t at all correct. Honestly, I don“t even know how that particular definition came about in the first place. People have gotten so caught up in console wars and power battles that they have forgotten the meaning of the term â€œnext-gen.â€ What It Means to Be Next-Gen I hear this far too often: â€œThe Wii U isn“t next-gen!â€ I“m sorry, what? And what makes YOU the expert on generations? You say the Wii U isn“t next-gen, but why? Because the graphics don“t look leaps and bounds more realistic than on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from the last generation? Because it doesn“t use the most powerful pieces of hardware money can buy? First of all, the Wii U graphics looking like they do in the console“s infancy is pretty damn impressive. It“s like a 3-year-old lifting as much as its uncles, if not more. So giving it time will only show more impressive results later in its lifetime, as has been the case with every console in every generation. Secondly, a console being considered â€œnext-genâ€ isn“t determined by power and expensive hardware. As I“ve laid out for you above, one generation is what follows another generation. Power and expenses have nothing to do with it. I mean, if I“m not as powerful as other people my age, and if I wear clothes from Goodwill and drive a cheap car from 30 years ago (I“m depressing myselfâ€¦), does that mean I should be placed in the same generation as my dad? Hell no! Hypothetically speaking, even if one of the big three companies suddenly decided to release an 8-bit console when generation 9 comes around, it would still be considered next-gen, because what it truly means to be next-gen is simple: you have to be in the generation following your predecessor. In which case, the Wii U following the Wii makes it next-gen, just like the PlayStation 4 is a generation following the PlayStation 3 and the next Xbox will be a generation following the Xbox 360. These are all next-gen consoles. Period. Play Games, Not Consoles Remember when gaming was all about playing video games? Those were the daysâ€¦ Now you can“t get into a conversation about the medium without someone bashing a certain console. Whether they consider Nintendo consoles as being for kids, Sony consoles as being for graphic-obsessed meat-heads, or Microsoft consoles as being for kids who like to scream profanity, â€œfanboysâ€ will pull arguments out of their butts and hope people agree with them. None of these arguments ever hold merit, of course, but there are countless biased soldiers in the eternal conflict we call the Console Wars, and they all feel like the only option is to pick a side and fight. But why do we have to pick sides? Can“t we all just get along? Apparently not, because the Console Wars have never been won, and they“ve been waging on for decadesâ€¦ There was a time when Sega was known as Nintendo“s rival, with Sonic the Hedgehog being the â€œmore matureâ€ alternative to Mario. There were even those famous commercials from back in the day – one with the slogan â€œSega does what Nintendon“tâ€ and another with the slogan â€œNintendo is what Genesisn“t.â€ Needless to say, this was the generation that first saw the Console Wars. And you know what I did in that generation? I owned both the SNES and the Genesis and played some pretty amazing games both consoles had to offer. Fast-forward to today and things haven“t changed all that much. Well, Sega may have been thrown out of the console market since then, but I still prefer owning all consoles and playing whatever the hell I feel like playing. So why can“t we all just do that? Why must gamers feel the need to pick sides and bash whoever isn“t their favorite brand? People might say that the Wii U isn“t next-gen, but more than likely that argument has something to do with the arguer attempting to find ways to put the console down, especially since they usually follow up or lead in with something about how the PS4 and next Xbox will be â€œtrue next-gen consoles.â€ Yeah, you can go play your Console Wars if you want, but I“d rather just play my games instead. So now that you know every definition of the word â€œgeneration,â€ can we stop all this next-gen bickering? There always seems to be a fight among gamers, and many of them think that to be considered â€œnext-genâ€ you have to be Ã¼ber powerful compared to the last generation. People like to say that the Wii U isn“t next-gen, and yet it clearly is when taking the literal definition into account. But when you get rid of biased brand loyalty altogether, does any of this really even matter? Games are games, and they are meant to be enjoyed. So why don“t we all just enjoy the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox 360's successor and whatever games they provide for our gaming pleasure, regardless of what generation we think they“re in? In fact, I think I“ll go play an old SNES game nowâ€¦
Jordan Haygood posted a article in SonyRumors for Sony's and Microsoft's next-gen consoles have been pouring in a lot lately, with anonymous sources spouting technical specs and others speaking of a 2013 release date. None of these rumors have been proven as of yet, but it appears that Sony's own CEO Kazuo Hirai has provided some interesting hints about his plans on timing for the PS4, suggesting that they might wait until Microsoft makes their move. "Why go first when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?".said Hirai when asked about console release windows. This train of thought mirrors Nintendo's reason for waiting on releasing their tech specs too early before releasing their own next-get console, so some could see this as a good business move. But keep in mind that Hirai hasn't officially stated this as a company decision of the PlayStation business, so it is unknown if his colleagues feel the same way. One senior source of CVG told them that it would be "ridiculous" to give the next Xbox another head-start when you consider how much ground Microsoft gained last time by launching the 360 a year before the PlayStation 3. Whether Sony does wait for Microsoft before releasing their new home console or attempts to gain more ground on them this generation remains to be seen. We'll surely hear some info in the months to come, though, and E3 seems like as likely a time and place as any. Do you expect Sony to wait for Microsoft before releasing their console as their CEO suggests or do you think they'll try releasing it before them to gain more ground?