So, does 2011 new consoles now prove that future consoles will be handheld?
So, here's a theory that no one seems to be thinking about, we've got our 'On Live' we've got our mobile phones, we've got our gaming laptops, we've got our tablets/iPads, and, soon we'll have our 3DS and PSP 2. Does this mean that the home consoles are dead because the normal '5 year' life span isn't taking place?
In this post, I will give the reasons why home consoles are 'dead', and why we'll never lose them.
There's no doubt in any of our minds that products on the market are becoming very close to the power of the consoles, for example, you can now play Xbox Live games on your mobile thanks to the new Windows 7 phones, you've got companies making older (and in cases such as RAGE) new games for phones. Your getting more powerful CPU's, GPUS, larger storage space, better battery life and more places you can link up to the net and download games. Internet prices are declining and speed is increasing, hardware is becoming far more regularly updated, operating systems are now including gaming features such as Gingerbread and IOS.
So, does this mean we'll have 'top-end' games in our pocket? Well with more devices, improved software, more Wi-fi spots, more people online and higher quality games and operating systems coming out since the last gen of hand held’s, there's no doubt in my mind that the 'next, next gen' (after the 3DS and PSP 2) will be on shelves a lot sooner than the last gen, to the next gen starting in just months thanks to the 3DS. I also believe that PC's hardware will continue to overshadow the next gen of home consoles in 3-5 years.
So what's going to happen?
Sony and Nintendo are going to put all their money in Handhelds, Microsoft will either follow suit, and bring out a portable console, or stick with PC's, the reason for this is the amount of time the consoles will lag behind. I do see Nintendo releasing a console, though.
Now, shoe on the other foot time the whole phone/tablets/laptops etc hit their sweet spot, the technology slows down and longer developed time's are required for better hardware and software. Sony and Microsoft wait 2-4 yrs to announce their next home consoles. The Wii 2 will come out first this time and be on par with the 360 at least, so while Nintendo are still behind, hardware wise, Sony and Microsoft will battel it out once again untill the breakthrough for handheld is invented and made available, or maybe something amazing will come along in the home entertainment market.