Why a New Console Generation Would Be Terrible for Gaming

The longer this generation goes on, the more clear it becomes that a new set of machines would be pretty damn dangerous for the health of the industry itself. It would also be pretty damn dangerous for creative game design, and it would be very damn dangerous for your wallet. Here’s why you should go home and give your console a big hug tonight, and forget all thoughts of casting it out into the cold for a new model.

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Godmars2903619d ago

Given that game devs are still trying to find their balance, publishers trying to come to terms with online - which can possibly be read as rob gamers blind - this gen has to last another 2-3 years at least.

There's also the general response of common, casual, consumer to consider. People who are playing on the Wii, DS and PSP while being clueless if not fearful of the PS3 and 360.

ebgeer3619d ago

"There's also the general response of common, casual, consumer to consider. People who are playing on the Wii, DS and PSP while being clueless if not fearful of the PS3 and 360"

We are very aware of these systems and their capabilities. The buy in cost to even start playing them is just too much...the Benefits of a Wii per dollar far outway either the PS3/360 per dollar. Maybe I will get one when the price comes down another $100.

Shang-Long3619d ago

there is so much life left in this Gen. i dont see a need for the next Gen.

i think MS should take this time to invest in some new IPS.
Sony should keep doing what its doing. but more RPGs wouldnt hurt.

Godmars2903619d ago

Sorry, but if you're on this site, you're not the casual gamer I was talking about.

Hideo_Kojima3619d ago (Edited 3619d ago )

If a PS4 would = all games looking better than Uncharted 2 in the same way all the PS3 games looked better than the best looking PS2 games than I want it and I want it RIGHT NOW!

a new PS comes out every 6 years even though there was an EyeToy release and a PSP release between PS2 and 3.
PS1 1994
PS2 2000
PS3 2006

PS4 2012? announced at E3 or TGS (September) 2011/12?

That is what the pattern shows.

People need to realize that we are squeezing the juice out of the PS3 very well and games get better and better but when the PS4 comes out even the first few games will all look better than any game on PS3.

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Donny3619d ago

next gen will be bitchin when ps3 develepers help build the ps4! just imagine how MORE badass the ps4 will be. ;)

IdleLeeSiuLung3619d ago (Edited 3619d ago )

I think it is complete BS that it is too expensive to move to the next generation. I favor faster console cycles, with minor hardware upgrades.

Don't give me a $600 console at launch that is going to loose you $300 on every sale. By the time you hit 2 years into the life of the console, it is obsolete compared to reasonably priced technology that is out there. Give me a $300-400 box that you can make money on and re-introduce a new box 3-4 years down the line.

That is how smart consumers should behave anyhow. I don't buy the latest and greatest TV planning on keeping it for 10 years. I buy the average/budget priced TV and upgrade in 3-5 years. Granted, I haven't had too, but glad I paid $1200 for my 40" Sony LCD 3 years ago. Now I can buy a new TV if needed and it will outdo your 3 year old TV for less than half the price.

If it is too expensive to develop, then you build tools that make it more cost effective. XNA developers can create games that previously took a large team of people to do. Why is that? It is the tools available!

Stop looking at electronics as an investment, because it is NOT. It is a disposable product that quickly get's obsolete!!!

Chris_TC3619d ago

You're right, electronics become obsolete quickly. Moore's Law roughly holds true to this very day. Average transistor count doubles every two years.

A $500 gaming machine sold today would be about four times as powerful as a $500 gaming machine sold four years ago.

ExPresident3619d ago

If your waiting that long to buy a TV your not an early adopter either, and there are a large chunk of people that are early adopters.

IdleLeeSiuLung3619d ago (Edited 3619d ago )

I didn't say I was an early adopter... However, for consoles I probably would. I stopped playing console games almost ten years ago and moved over to PC to play RTS. College started and I gave that up, but got the original Xbox very late into the cycle due to the awesome modding scene.

I didn't get my Xbox 360 and Wii until maybe two years into the cycle and I got a PS3 the year after. So no, I wouldn't call myself early adopter.

However, now I would say I am. I even pre-ordered Kinect and if a new Playstation, Wii or Xbox would come, I'm likely to pick that up on launch day.

LordMarius3619d ago

Wait until this economic downturn ends, because right now I dont have the money for a $400 dollar console.

mhmmm 1 bubble, guess I will go back to trolling

D4RkNIKON3619d ago (Edited 3619d ago )

Just like how I have two.. It sucks too because even if you stop trolling, it takes 5x longer to build them back than it does to lose 'em. I just learn to deal with only leaving 2 comments in each article and I don't troll about in articles that I have no business in.

On Topic - I would be pissed if the next gen came out so soon. I want another 2-3 years from my PS3 before upgrading it. I hope that MS learned not to rush into the next gen too

deadreckoning6663619d ago (Edited 3619d ago )

Well, for me, this ill definetly be my last console generation. Next-gen gaming is getting too expensive. I'd rather spend my money on beer and clubing.

Spenok3619d ago

Im pretty sure you dont have much to worry about. It seems all the console developers and even the game developers are all saying that it will be a while before we see a next gen. With all consoles (except the Wii) Showing improvements each year i can see this gen running for a longer period of time then normal.

fossilfern3619d ago

This is why i have had money stored since 07 for the next generation of machines all i do is put £10 in each week and iv done that since April 07

Red-Dead-Roar3619d ago

damn... even £10 a month would have done it..

Omega Zues3619d ago

I think for both view points on Developer/Consumers can both wait for the next generation and continue to enjoy the current. When a new consoles comes out, the Developers have to spend millions in to creating new tool sets to build off the hardware and not to mention the amount of time it takes causing delays for highly anticipated games.

Its best to stick with whats available now, keeping cost low and currently consumers cant get enough.

SuperStrokey11233619d ago

I dont want one right now, the consoles are just starting to hit their stride!

I would like one in 2013, they could make a huge jump and still be well priced i think at that point.

Jake3603619d ago

I don't think there will be a huge jump at all. The next leap would be CGI graphics or virtual reality or something, and that wont happen by 2013. :P

Chris_TC3619d ago

You think we will go from Uncharted 2 to Pirates of the Caribbean in real-time? Think again.

SuperStrokey11233619d ago

When the hell did i say that? I said, and still say, we will see a huge jump. 7-8 years of hardware changes would indeed create a rather large jump. The online infrastructure would be superior too.

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