Xbox One...Dead on Arrival/DRM every 24HRS/Privacy Outrage. Wii U...Dismal sales/No steady game releases/weak hardware. PlayStation 4...Looking to recapture the core gamer audience/Still needs more clarification requiring online DRM/used games, etc. (*And please don't give me links to Feb. 21 articles about what Yoshida said*). Sega...QUESTION MARK?
Microsoft have literally 'shot themselves in the foot' with their recent Xbox One reveal and their Online/Game Management/Privacy rules and restrictions ( http://n4g.com/news/1273594... And unless Microsoft, at the last minute before launch, change their minds and get rid of everything from restricting games purchased to 1 console and 1 account, to the every 1hr or 24hr DRM, then they might be able to salvage the Xbox One (But knowing Microsoft like I do, that will never happen). Yes, Microsoft have said they have put up to $1 Billion into internal and third party exclusivity games and gaming development, but that has yet to be seen or heard and we'll have to wait till E3 to truly find out where that money has gone towards. Essentially, at this point in time, Xbox One will be dead before it even gets out of the gate, and don't be surprised if consumers/gamers start protesting the sales of Xbox One.
Nintendo does not have any of these restrictions that are being imposed by Microsoft, however, there are still multiple issues with the Wii U. For starters, sales of Wii U are getting lower on a per month (even per week) basis since the Wii U launched last November. That can attest to the fact that Nintendo have not been steady with the releasing of new games for the platform, or even releasing games through their eShop/Virtual store. And, to add insult to injury, Third-Party support is getting consistently weaker. With EA essentially dropping out of Wii U Development, Epic's Unreal Engine 4 cannot run on Wii U and some developers (Insomniac) not even considering Wii U a next-gen platform to develop for ( http://blogs.leaderpost.com... Needless to say, Nintendo has it's issues as well.
Then there's Sony PlayStation 4. As of typing this blog, Sony have set up the PlayStation 4 as the only consumer/gamer-focused, true next-generation gaming platform ( http://tech2.in.com/news/co... With exceptional hardware, an excellent array of First party titles currently in development, tremendous Third party support and an amazing focus on Indie development/games. While currently the only console getting positive attention and positive news right now before E3 2013, gamers (myself included) seem pretty confident that Sony will be doing the right things and actually 'listen' to their fans, continue to provide amazing games and gaming services first and will do the right things for the consumers of the PlayStation 4.
So all of this leaves out the only other company to have released a major console device before these 3 company's became the Big 3...Sega! I know it's probably a long-shot and probably in Sega's mind it is an enormous NO! due to their financial situation (don't forget it was the Saturn and ultimately the Dreamcast that caused them those financial losses and forced them out of the hardware business). However, I believe if Sega had ever dreamed of getting back into the hardware business again and had some extra money stored away in a Phantasy Star bunker somewhere (or could get a sizable investment/loan from someone), then now would be the perfect time to get back into the game. All Sega would have to do is grow out it's internal development teams more, acquire or get exclusivity with indie devs and have a good focus on indie gaming and put all money towards gaming and a solid online infrastructure and forget all these apps and entertainment features that are turning these new "gaming consoles" into media devices.
So what do you guys think. Would you like to see Sega return to the console hardware market again and do you feel now is the time to do so? Or do you believe Sega should just stick to what they are doing now, and leave it to the Big 3 to change what a gaming console should be?