Gi - Clearly the big news is that on May 21, Microsoft will unveil the successor to the Xbox 360. It is an exciting time for gaming. Exciting for everyone from system and dev fanboys/fangirls to indie diehards and the handheld hardcore. The new era of gaming has either already arrived in some forms or is set to land soon in others, cementing the eighth console generation. On the verge of the next Xbox’s announcement, it is worth looking back at industry trends for an idea of what to expect in the next round of consoles, but more importantly the console gimmicks.