[Generation 8] So it’s 2012 now, and if we were to follow the video gaming model of the past we would be firmly within the next generation of gaming consoles by now. The Xbox 360 launched in 2005, following the 5-year model we would have had a 720 for over a year and a half now. The PS4 would also be on its way by, too.
As it instead stands, with 2012′s first quarter already almost over, it is all but guaranteed that the only next-gen console that will be released this year is the Wii U, which isn’t exactly a mega-jump from current-gen capabilities. Many rumors even stick to the idea that we WONT see the Xbox 720 this year, and Sony has pretty much confirmed that PS4 will be a no-show.
This means systems that make huge leaps and bounds, graphically, are still quite a ways off. This almost leads me to believe that Nintendo’s strategy is nothing less than pure genius, almost, if I believed the company could actually pull off a short-cycle followed by a high-end replacement.