Microsoft and Sony Need to Differentiate Next Generation... Or Else

Michael Futter writes: With E3 right around the corner, it seems the perfect time to think about what might be revealed and what the next generation of consoles may hold. There has already been much speculation with some pundits crying about the sky falling due to the rapid growth of mobile gaming, the warning/hopefulness of a used game lockouts and even consoles reliant solely on downloadable software. Let’s be realistic; most of this is just guesswork. What we do know is that the industry is changing.

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bfenty2141d ago

I've been saying this for years! Graphics are important, but they aren't enough to differentiate anymore. We're at a point where gaming needs to evolve (and no, I don't think the Wii is the answer)

smashcrashbash2141d ago (Edited 2141d ago )

You talk as if it so simple. Technology can only evolve so fast you know. Changing the way an industry is not something you can do over night.Coming up with something completely different isn't always as profitable as just simply doing something slightly different from before.

Look at how Sony tried to push the PSPGo as an only downloadable machine and people rejected it. To do something dynamic and radical takes great risk. It's easy to yell to try to differentiate when it's not your money or company at risk or on the line.People always simplify things so much.

Companies are complex organisms and it's never as simple as people try to make it seem. Just like people yelling 'Just cut the price' or 'just bring this PS1 and PS2 game to PSN' as if it's just one person in charge of making it happen. Forget about differentiation, concentrate on making a console that is efficient and works well and doesn't shut down in a year and a half or 50% of the time. Don't give me gimmicks and tacked on things to try to be different and give me some crap system. People keep advancing technology and not taking care of the minor details that always get in the way of efficiency.

@ PaladinXII First of all you completely missed my point by concentrating on a single sentence of my post, classical N4G. Second of all that was only one of the reasons. Sony's download only idea for their console was considered a bad idea by many people. It was ONE of the main reasons it failed

PaladinXII2141d ago

The PSPGo didn't fail because it was download only. It failed because you couldn't access the whole library (or even most of it) via download.

CrzyFooL2141d ago

I want SEGA to make consoles again... :-\

BlackjackCF2141d ago

As much as I hate to admit it, mobile tech is the way to go.

sandman2242141d ago

I'm very disappointed with Microsoft. They are holding out on us with a new console. That's why we need to boycot them. Do not purchase an Xbox. We need to give them a reason to release there next console sooner than 2014

catfrog2141d ago

microsoft is differentiating itself, they seem to be going the kinect route, havnt you noticed that they arent releasing controller based games much anymore?

Edward752140d ago

@ catfrog notice in this article when said that Sony is trying to work on tech similar to kinect.

This is like the fourth, maybe fifth article (coming from different sources/sites) that have reported this.
It makes sense. Money is one of, if not THE biggest reason for making games. Sony will attempt to cash in on that aspect a bit.

I long for the days again when the battles were easy to see where the lines were drawn.... Back in the days the good old Nintendo VS Sega!

Hicken2140d ago

The difference is FOCUS. It's just like with the Move. The Move is not a FOCUS of Sony, despite it being largely aimed at the same people who would buy a Wii or a Kinect.

But Sony's FOCUS has been the same since the start: core gaming experiences. It's something they've carried over and doubled up on since last generation, and since that's where the majority of their money is coming from(that thing everybody acknowledges they're after), that's where they'll keep their FOCUS.

I think the difference between Sony and Microsoft is pretty well-defined. At least, for those who care to look. There are plenty of people who don't; for them, there will never be a difference. But anybody who'd want to know the difference between Sony and Microsoft wouldn't have to look very hard to see it.

Edward752140d ago

First time I agree with you hicken. That core gaming experience is a strong focal point for Sony. And as a gamer I appreciate it. It is why I bought a vita. (it's like the core gaming of handhelds)

I am just worried that the core gaming way won't get the revenue that Sony wants. It will keep people like us interested in their products. But in a way that doesn't cut it anymore. Nintendo made a killing with leaving core gamers. Then MS got a share with kinect. Many leave the core gaming group as they get married, get more responsibility on their jobs, or have kids. It happens. I would love to spend 40+ hours of gaming a week like I use to. To reach more people and increase profits it's kinda necessary to devote some time and resources to the casuals as I like to call them. Gaming is changing that way, and sadly I think Sony has to jump on board a bit to compete. I don't want them to, but in a way it's adapt or die.

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