It’s fair to say that the anticipation for next-generation consoles is the highest its ever been, with potentially just 12 months remaining until Sony and Microsoft unveil their respective PS4 and Xbox 720 consoles, which they hope will provide consumers with a new and better ‘next-gen’ alternative to Nintendo’s Wii U which has just released in the US.
It’s also fair to say that the wait has been a painful one for gamers, albeit an understandable one, as there’s no changing that final hardware once its out, highlighting the need for Sony and Microsoft to perfect their consoles as much as possible, before finally biting the bullet ahead of potential reveals at E3 2013.
Has the wait been too long though, with Sony and Microsoft perhaps missing an opportunity to release next-gen consoles this year instead? Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has made some very interesting comments indeed, actually agreeing with many gamer’s beliefs that the transition to next-generation consoles has taken too long, even going as far to say that the industry has been damaged by it.
When speaking to Polygon, Guillemot said that the transition has been very long and hopes that the next, next-generation consoles after the Xbox ‘720’ and ‘PS4’ will come a lot ‘sooner’. To give you an idea of the stage we’re at so far – the Xbox was released way back in 2005, while the Sony PS4 was introduced one year later in 2006.
That means that it has been a long seven year lifespan for the Xbox 360 at the moment, increasing to eight years total if we see the next Xbox in December 2013. The PS3 on the other hand is pretty ancient as well arriving one year later than the Xbox 360 with seven years under its belt if the PS4 is introduced around the same time.
The comments from Ubisoft’s CEO are likely to be of interest to Sony, as Jack Tretton only said at the start of 2012 that the PS3 is ‘only just hitting its stride’. Then to add to that, Rockstar has basically said the opposite to Guillemot’s comments by recently stating in an interview that ‘all the best games release at the end’– with GTA V the final Grand Theft Auto game to be seen on current-gen consoles.
Do you think the comments from Ubisoft are a bit controversial, or do you agree that the transition to next-gen has taken too long? If the PS4 and Xbox 720 did arrive this year instead of next, we may not have seen The Last of Us and GTA V on next-gen consoles for some time until developers had adequate time to study the new hardware. Something to consider regardless.