Next Generation Consoles PlayStation 4 And Xbox 720 Preview – A Look Ahead At 2013

Will we be seeing the successors to the HD twins in 2013?

With the 3DS, PS Vita and Wii U have been released, we can now safely say that the  next generation of gaming is underway. The 7th generation has not quite ended yet, though. The Xbox 360 and the PS3 are still going strong- too strong- and it doesn’t look like that will be changing in just a year’s time. But 2013 seems to be the year that completes the launch of the 8th generation of video games, with new home consoles from Microsoft and Sony both probably coming out next year.

Of course, we don’t know that yet. We do know that Sony and Microsoft are both working on their next generation home consoles, but at the same time, they haven’t made any such announcements so far. Release date speculations have been rife for both systems, and most of them have the systems landing at the end of the year, but there’s no official word on anything yet. The two consoles have not even officially been announced.

However, it’s only logical that they do come out in the fourth quarter of 2013. Why? Because first and foremost, the Wii U is already out. If the PS4 and the Xbox 720 do come out by that time, the Wii U will have had a 12 month headstart on them, and if they wait longer, the headstart will have increased. And they don’t want that, especially when they’re going up against Nintendo.

Also, the PS4 and the Xbox 720 have been in development for a few years now, and the Xbox 360 and the PS3 are clearly nearing the last stages of their lives. Sure, they still get great games, but they’re both over half a decade old, and that kind of hardware doesn’t have much of a place in the market anymore. Developers have squeezed out every last drop of juice out of the two, and there’s very little the two HD consoles can provide anymore- creatively or technically.

Could next gen games look like this?

Could next gen games look like this?

So it’s logical for MS and Sony to announce and reveal their new consoles as quickly as possible. They don’t want to rush it though. People shouldn’t have a lot of worries about Microsoft, but Sony has recently become very lax when it comes to advertising and marketing their products. If there’s one thing a console does not need, it’s poor marketing.

The PS4 and the Xbox 720 should be announced something before March, because that would give the two publishers enough time to market the systems and their launch titles properly before they release later in the year, which they ideally should (as I said before).

But what would the launch lineups be? We’ve already seen with the Wii U that fans want more than just ports and limited editions of games that have already been released. Can we expect maybe a Halo 2 remake for the Xbox 720? Or a new Forza game, seeing as it is, after all, an annual franchise. We already know developers such as Rare are working on major AAA titles for the Xbox 720.

And what about the PS4? I can completely see The Last Guardian becoming a launch title for it, seeing as it’s taken forever to come out for the PS3. But I don’t think Sony will be going all out with the PS4 to begin with. Remember when the PS3 was released? Sony still supported the PS2 for a few months after that with some heavyweight releases.

xbox-360-slim- Vs Ps3 slim

And we could always expect motion controller games for both, since we’re all pretty sure that if there’s one thing Microsoft will include in the next Xbox for certainty, it will be an enhanced version of Kinect. What about the PS4 though? We have no idea what kind of controller input it will use. The PS Move has been pretty successful, but we don’t know if it’s been successful enough for Sony to use it as their main controller in the next generation. Maybe a finetuned, slightly tweaked version of the motion controllers? Recent patents suggest so.

But of course, we shouldn’t forget about the console that kicked off the ninth console generation- the Wii U. Nintendo’s new system had a few problems at launch, but it’s been selling well, and some of its games, such as Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU have managed to grab plenty of attention. But will Nintendo’s new system have a better year come January 1st?

If Nintendo’s record in the console market in the last decade is anything to go by, then no. But Nintendo’s really been going from strength to strength recently. They’ve been performing strongly in the handheld market as usual, and the console side of things is looking good too. Titles such as The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3, Dragon Quest X and Rayman Legends are all coming out exclusively for the Wii U in 2013, and multiplats like Aliens: Colonial Marines are lined up as well. Maybe we could have a new Zelda announcement too. And a Metroid one. Please, Nintendo, a Metroid one!

Yeah, but not like this, Nintendo.

Yeah, but not like this, Nintendo.

2012 was a transitional year in gaming. It’s been described as that by many people, us included. And 2013 seems to be a startup year for the next generation, the year when the foundation is put in position for the next six or seven years to build on. It doesn’t seem logical that Sony and Microsoft would wait more than twelve months (ideally, not even that much) to release their consoles after the Wii U has already launched, so here’s hoping that we might get to see some actual next generation games in 2013.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/ana.helusic Ana Helušić

    Lol PS3 & 360 are 7th generation not 8th

  • yogabagaba

    I stopped reading when 8th generation was mentioned as current gen and 9th was next gen. How can anyone take this serious when you’re not even aware of the console gens but claim to be a gaming site smh.

  • Jason

    Sony has no future and therefor PlayStation has none either. That will be all!

    • Shagohod

      Amen bro and Move, 3D and Vita are all huge flops from a consumer and company investor standpoint, showing that even the PS brand cannot keep Sony afloat if mistakes like these continue to be made.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paulo-Panganiban/100001117858073 Paulo Panganiban

      You, sir, are a retard.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Munnett/100001135990154 Michael Munnett

      Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -Albert Einstein

    • http://twitter.com/tommydgunz tommydgunz

      really wow mr know it all psychics

    • Nicholas Gatewood

      Retarded fanboys like you disgust me, you really are the worst cancer in the game industry(besides maybe Nintendo). Nintendo stands for mediocrity, Microsoft stands for greed and Sony stands for quality and competence. They’re the best publisher in the industry, instead of relying on past successes they’re always pushing forward and coming up with the next big thing. Microsoft doesn’t approve of games that aren’t as marketable as Halo, meaning they cancel great game projects for not being Halo-related and stifle the creativity of studios like Rare; Nintendo hasn’t come up with a good new IP since Pikmin in 2001, they just crap out rehashes of the same old crap we’ve played for decades. Sadly I grew up a Nintendo fanatic, but the mediocrity of the 3DS opened my eyes. Sony’s consoles are by far the very best, too. I’m not a fan of the brand, I’m a fan of what they do and are, their business practices and company ideals.

      Shagohod, the Playstation Move controller has sold really well so far. 3D isn’t a flop, it just has a dedicated fanbase- broad appeal isn’t quite attained just yet and putting R&D into that kind of technology(that WILL have broad appeal in the market within a decade) is smart. The Vita is way more popular amongst developers than the 3DS because its hardware isn’t disgusting and third-party sales are quite a bit better on the Vita than on the 3DS, even with the smaller install base. The Vita’s only a “flop” in Japan, and that’s because Nintendo negotiated Monster Hunter exclusivity under the table with Crapcom.

      Sony’s fine, they’re doing better than most Japanese companies in tech right now financially and their gaming sectors certainly aren’t going to “die” any time soon(especially with their Gaikai acquisition). You mindless fanboys are a joke, you make gamers look bad. Look past the marketing and see things as they really are, it’ll do you a ton of good.

    • The Doctor

      How does Nintendo stand for mediocrity Have you ever played a Nintendo game? They’re polished to perfection.

    • Sour_Grape

      Mediocrity? You got too be. Kidding me? That’s bullshit, so your saying that it is wrong that Nintendo is using there most successful franchise that are a staple in living room everywhere? And by the way nintendo have been trying to make new franchises, it’s just that they never, and yeah nintendo rehashes a lot of their existing franchises but at least they take the time and effort into making one each fresh and new control wise and even visually, I mean look at wind waker and then twilight princess there so different you can pass them as 2 completely different game if it were for the word zelda in it… You think that the ps vita is more popular amongst developers than the 3ds, oh yeah good Jk, the only developer that are make games for system are Sony or capcom, the vita only has 46 games while the 3ds has has over150 and if u think nintendo would do pay to have monster hunter 4 on the 3ds then your pretty wrong the only reason it’s on the system is because the franchise sell better on nintendo hardware, and last sorry to say this but vita is a flop and its make Sony lose money big time as they get no profit from it cause they made the hardware to powerful, in all essence and most may not agree but one consoles gotta go and it’s Sony, the next generation will be wii u, Durango/720 and streams new console but who’s knows I could.be wrong, I’m just saying Sony not in the best spot at the moment

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paulo-Panganiban/100001117858073 Paulo Panganiban

      You, “sir”, are dumb.

  • Davey

    This article is very poorly written.

    • Kyon

      A lot of spelling errors and grammatical ones..

    • Rashid

      Apologies for the mistake. Corrected!

  • lukewind

    Wow, what a great article…..yes that was sarcasm. Dear god there are way too many people who think they should write about games.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Munnett/100001135990154 Michael Munnett

    Odds are it’s rambus designing the main memory architecture & all the chip to chip interconnects again which is most likely the xdr dram 2 memory architecture the successor to the xdr dram memory architecture used in the playstation 3 console.With ibm designing the multi core cpu architecture again similar to the cell processor which is inside the playstation 3 console.Nvidia designing the gpu again which is most likely a multi core gpu.

    P.S..Mark my words they will be working with sony on the next playstaton console!

    Cheers Gamers & Happy Gaming!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paulo-Panganiban/100001117858073 Paulo Panganiban

    Just another bandwagon jump.

    It would take a lot of resources and effort to market and promote these new consoles, and doing this could also hurt their positions in the gaming market, especially if Red Ring problems occur (2013 sounds like a rush territory for new consoles and this could be a possibility if they are released now).

    So really, we’d best wait for official announcements till then.

  • Pleasestopwriting

    with the 3DS, PS Vita and Wii U have been released – wrong

    Second paragraph – don’t patronize readers by making the same point twice – no official info on xbox 720 and ps4

    Wii U will have had a 12 month headstart on them, and if they wait longer, the headstart will have increased. Thanks for pointing that out, obvious is obvious. Don’t take your readers for idiots. How “about if they wait longer they risk losing market share which could tempt developers away”

    Stopped reading at this point, the article is terrible. I suggest you go on a creative writing course and learn grammar.

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