At the moment, we are in a funk when it comes to gaming. I know we have had some high profile titles release this year, and we have some still yet to come. However, I can’t help but think that those great releases have been overshadowed by the new technology that is on the horizon. Under normal circumstances, this would be a banner year for releases, but I am just not feeling it.
There are a lot of uncertainties in the industry, right now. Will the Nextbox be always on and prevent you from buying used games? What will the price of the PS4 be? Will Nintendo finally convince third party publishers they are hear to stay, and can the first party titles coming up resurrect the Wii U? Then, there are the Android based consoles coming out in the next few months. What kind of impact will that have on the big three? All of these questions will soon be answered, but in the meantime, I am personally in a holding pattern.
It’s obvious that the Wii is all but done. Sure, Disney is going to release Infinity, and Activision will most likely release Swap Force on it. Outside of those title, you may see a stray movie adaptation release on it, but at least, we know where that is going. With Wii U’s backward compatibility, I am not as worried about Nintendo. As much as I want the third parties to support them, Nintendo may be the only company that can sell a system on first party titles alone.
Sony has already shown us their hand as far as a new systems go. It is a beast internally, and the decision to use known technology as opposed to making their own chip set should keep the price down. The question is how much is that going to save when it comes time to price this to the public? Sony’s current financial situation puts them in a precarious situation. PlayStation is one of the divisions of the company that has propped Sony up during a tough time. I do not see how they can afford to pull a Nintendo or Microsoft and sell the system at a loss.
Microsoft has been very disappointing as of late. The company’s ego has been getting in the way of the feelings of the public if the rumors are true. It seems to be a given that we can expect their next generation system to be always on despite the outcry from fans. If you couple that with the inability to play used games, this next generation for them could be a disaster. They have got to realize the public is what will make or break them. In my opinion, they just do not have enough in the way of exclusive titles to afford to be this cocky.
Again, the next few months will determine a lot when it comes to the future of console gaming. The wait and see is killing me. However, the one thing I hang my hat on is I have a large enough back catalog to never buy a new system. Therefore, this might be the first time I wait a year and let these guys get the kinks out.