2012: The Death Of The PS3/360?
The end is nigh. Probably.
Well, at least for this generation of gaming. Probably.
There has been a lot of speculation of what the next generation of console gaming will have in store. Many websites are publishing articles about what they would like to see from the next Xbox release or what needs to be changed in the PS4.
There are rumours circulating that these will be revealed in this year's E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which is regarded as the ultimate expo in video game history.
That said, the chief executive of Sony has said that there is "zero chance of a tease from Sony for PlayStation 4" at E3.
Regarding the PS4, Sony's Kaz Hirai said that "I've always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that."
But does that really lay the rumour to rest? There's still time for it to change.
That said, Sony has already ventured into the eighth generation of gaming, as they have recently released the PlayStation Vita in Japan. Sony are also still selling the PS2, which is the only console in the sixth generation not to be discounted.
In Microsoft's case, nothing has been confirmed or denied regarding the possible new Xbox (which many have dubbed 720). The Xbox 360 is also the oldest home console of the seventh generation, nearly two years the PS3's senior (when considering PAL releases).
It seems that Nintendo are the only console developers to venture into the eighth generation head first, with the release of the Nintendo 3DS and the confirmed successor to the Wii, named the Wii U, which will be released after this year's E3.
Some developers feel that it is time for the new generation to come, since all the consoles in the current generation all include all hardware within them, meaning that gaming developers cannot push their games as far as they'd like.
Why all this? Well, I'd like to know your opinion on the development of console gaming.
Is it really time for the new generation to begin? The current generation introduced social media and gestures into gaming, will anything be different in the next generation?
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