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What Defines Next-Gen?

Generation is a tricky term that we usually use to discriminate against all the people born in a particular time period. Usually, they have some kind of rough definition, like the Baby Boomers who were the result of post-war celebration boning; Gen X, who eventually got sick of their parents crap and Gen Y, which is the media’s scapegoat for everything wrong in the world today. When it comes to gaming, however, our definitive boundaries are obtuse to the point of shallow.

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1336d ago (Edited 1336d ago )

I hope not. It's not just hardware it's raising the bar. They could repackage a suped up snes and call it next gen?

Kamikaze1351336d ago

Next gen is the next generation of hardware a company releases.

MasterCornholio1336d ago

That is true. The PS3, 360 and Wii belong to the same console generation but due to the Wiis weak hardware many people consider it a Gen behind those consoles.

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ShinMaster1336d ago

A new wave of higher caliber games.

The Wii U is doing just more of the same that has been done on current systems for the past 6 or 7 years.

level 3601336d ago

Wii U is just a slight although a much more mass appealing upgrade from this generation.

Next PS4 and XBox720 ( or whatever their true designations would be confirmed ) are "the" next-gen consoles.

TacticAce1336d ago (Edited 1336d ago )

IMO you have two next gen terminologies.

Company Next Generation- Which is of course literally the latest iteration of the said device. Example would be Nintendo going from the Wii to the Wii U.

Next Generation Experience- This is when a console takes a technological leap from its predecessor thus pushing games to a new experience such as graphical capabilities, better AI, Better sound, more npc's on screen etc.

In the case of the Wii U I believe the Wii U checks off on both accounts in terms of Nintendo and Nintendo only. The Wii U is the Next Generation of Nintendos home entertainment console, and also it is a Next Gen Experience when compared to the Nintendo Wii.

But Its obvious from an industry standpoint if you stack up the Wii U against the Ps3 and Xbox 360 that they are virtually on the same level as far as hardware give or take.

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