274w ago - This generation of consoles has barely got going, with the price war not really having even begun, and no sign of a winner yet being called (although the Wii is clearly the frontrunner). But, the next generation of consoles could be on their way sooner than we all think. The only question remains: who will actually be involved?
Actually I lied, the other question is when will the next-gen consoles actually arrive on the scene. We've spoken about this before, with 2010 being the earliest date mentioned in terms of when a new console could emerge from one of the big three, More likely given the state of the industry (healthy console sales but all three platforms still viable) is 2011 or 2012.
Nintendo is guaranteed to be in there. The Wii and DS have made the company so much money that it is likely to want to throw money at a new development in an effort to repeat the phenomenal success of this generation's offerings.
Whether the Wii 2 is just a souped up version of the Wii or another evolution in game controls remains to be seen. However Nintendo decide to play it, I think the successor to the Wii will be the first out of the door.
Sony too is very likely to be involved. Sure, the Playstation 3 has cost the company a shed load of money to come to market, and it'll take years (if ever) for the PS3 to earn back the money that Sony has invested in it, but that is unlikely to put the company off.
It's much more likely that the experience of the PS3 will mean Sony just scales back its ambitious plans and builds a console less graphically or processing heavy. In fact, the PS4 is likely to be based around the PS3 but offering new experiences and new gaming possibilities to help it compete with the Nintendo bandwagon.
So we come to Microsoft. According to Seeking Alpha, the successor to the Xbox 360 is already being worked on under the codename 'Phoenix'. If this is true then it clearly shows that Microsoft understands how much the Xbox 360 has underperformed. For those not au fait with mythical beasts, the phoenix is a bird that rather than die, sets itself on fire and then re-emerges anew from the ashes.
I do think that Microsoft will "play again" and release a follow-up to the Xbox 360. But, where is it going to focus its attention? If the Wii has the innovation and casual gaming sectors sewn up, and Sony has the hardcore tech-savvy market to itself, Microsoft is going to either have to straddle to two or forge its own path.
All three hardware developers will now be drawing up their plans for the next generation, but we don't yet know when the next battle will take place, or who will be competing. Only time will tell.
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ps4 will come out way later, unless if they take on the advantage of being released first witch i dough..but blue-ray will probably stay since
phoenix(Microsoft) will have blue-ray since it will be cheap and affordable by the time it reaches 2010.
Wii 2 will probably fail.. just ask every single person who bought the wii after several months and ask them how disappointed they will be with graphics, gameplay and pretty much everything else..i mean i was really disapointed when they charged to download an internet browser and looking back to the 40 games i downloaded, only a few satisfied me: wii sports mario kart, ssx, ssbb, dbz, and a couple others the rest were pretty much gimmicks like wii ski and wii something else...playing tony hawk has never been so disappointing..just to point out that who will want wii 2 after being so bored with games on there.. UNLESS the wii 2 will have something great, anything that will make give you the same rush as playing wii sports for the first time.
i think, what drives the market is games..microsoft will have halo 4 on release well probably, and considering how many xbox fans there are, Microsoft will be hard to beat.If God of war 3 and MGS 4 came out soon after the ps3 launch i'm pretty sure sony would've been ahead from Microsoft, all we can do now, is HOPE that biglittleplanet will be one of the best and that soon after, the ps3 will be hacked.
I don't think that sony has plans for ps4. Ps3 is very new and this problem with the actual market it must be fixed, because there is no point to release a new "ps" if the ps3 can not sell the number of consoles like, psx or ps2.
The ps3 is a powerful console and has more future and duration (comparing with xbox 360 and WII). It's only time for the ps3 to take over the market, and that time is when the blu-ray stays and replaces the DVD.
Speak of ps4 why, something too far, far away...
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