It’s a universal understanding in 2011 that the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 are more than just games consoles, although their use is still primarily for playing games. With this in mind, it’s kind of obvious for us to say that the Wii 2, PS4, and Xbox 720 (if these are the next-gen names) will not be game consoles.
Demand for gaming on the move, inside and outside the home, has increased and technology has caught up with the needs of consumers, so we expect this need to be filled more with the next-generation systems from Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. The end is near for game consoles.
While the current dedicated game machines rule today, the consumer demand has evolved with smartphones alone. Graphics in portable devices are amazing, and getting better, with some people gaming more on their iPhone than dedicated home system. This threatens to change how we’ll all game in the future.
An article on My Fox NY highlights this very subject, they point out that paying $300 for a big machine and $50-60 for sequels seems mad compared to the new market; of cheaper game prices on devices you use more. This will not be for every gamer, and those that play for more than 5 hours a day will be glad to pay more. My Fox NY asks if traditional games consoles have a place in the future with the “cloud” in mind?
Much will change that could affect the way PS4, Wii 2, and Xbox 720 are built. Gamers are getting a taste of not owning games, with cloud services already being used by millions. Think Amazon’s Cloud Player, Netflix Instant, and Gmail for starters.
Do you think the current established game system makers will have to rethink the next-generation systems? How different do you really want the next-gen machine?
This is the chance for one of the big brands to innovate and get an upper hand in the next generation of gaming. Streaming of games to other devices and using the cloud has to play a big part. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments.