The Wii U has been released and thus begun the next gen of gaming. But what will the next gen look like? How will Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo shape gaming the next few years? Shall we dare to make some predictions now, even though we're just DAYS into the new generation?!
Here is my thoughts of current events that may foretell what's to come.
Sony's financial situation is dire indeed; their credit rating has been cut several times this year alone, effecting their possibilities of getting further loans AND getting higher interests on their loans.
Apparently Microsoft will be releasing two different kinds of Xbox's when the next gen gets a-rolling; one Xbox will focus on Xbox360's core entertainment services with casual games, and the other Xbox will focus on more core games.
What I'm thinking right now is that PS4 will be closer to Wii U in regards of power, as a direct result of Sony's financial trouble; they can't afford to lose too much money, so they might just opt to actually MAKE money of the PS4 right out the gates. Microsoft on the other hand is in a splendid position to make a beast of a console; they could simply sell the "casual Xbox entertainment system" (henceforth dubbed XES) at a profit, and then in return use this profit to sell the Xbox720 (the core gaming system) at an even greater loss, uping the specs and the power.
And how will this reflect on the next gen, then? IF all of this would come to be true, I see 2 possible out comes; A) IF X3ox sells like crazy, and far out sells BOTH PS4 and Wii U, it will receive the bulk of ALL 3rd party games and "winning" next gen. B) IF PS4 and Wii U sell decent numbers 3rd party developers will make games/ports for these consoles, which in turn, will mean that no 3rd party multiplat game will use x3ox's full power, thus making the x3ox's excess of power utterly useless... and costly. And it's point B) that makes me think that Microsoft WON'T make a beastly powerful console...
Never the less, I see the XES bringing in quite a nice profit if it's done right.
What do the rest of you think??