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While both Microsoft Corp. and Sony Computer Entertainment used to say that both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 would happily live on the market for ten years, it is nearly evident now that the two companies are going to introduce their next-gen consoles in 2013. Ubisoft, a major game publisher, believes that the current cycle has lasted for too long and next-gen consoles should be released rather sooner than later to revive gaming.

"We are waiting for the new consoles - I think that the new consoles will give a huge boost to the industry, just like they do every time that they come. This time, they took too long so the market is waiting. With the innovation that we will see from, first, the Wii U then the other consoles, the market is going to grow enormously again," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft, in an interview with GamesIndustry International web-site.

The market of console and PC video games is slowing down these days not only due to piracy and competition from new platforms like smartphones and tablets, but also because there is nothing brand new on the current-generation consoles. Games that will be out today will look and feel similar to titles released last year, something that reduces their success among the gamers.

For platform holders, long lifecycles of consoles is a positive thing as at some point their production costs are getting considerably lower, the amount of games in portfolio of each console is increasing, making them more appealing. Finally, they do not have to spend tens of millions of dollars to support game developers in order to ensure high-quality of titles on consoles like early during the cycle.

But long lifecycles can result in stagnation of video games' progress in general. PS3 and X360 nowadays no longer impress with 720p-class titles, as a consequence sales of new games slowdown or even fall, which is bad for everyone.

"I think it is very important for new generations to come regularly with innovations for the industry, so I think we have been waiting a bit too long. What is important is that when those new generations do come, they bring enough innovation to make the market strong again," added Mr. Guillemot.

Tags: Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Xbox, Wii U, Playstation, Orbis, Xbox Next, Loop, Durango

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What he's actually saying is "There's only so many times you can churn out exactly the same games on the same hardware and have people buy them. We need new hardware so we can churn out the same games in even more HD and have people buy them again".

Or alternatively you could just produce an original game which everyone will buy cause it's good and they haven't played it before...
0 0 [Posted by: Dribble  | Date: 08/23/12 02:18:32 AM]
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It's a valid point though.

Now-a-days your cpu comes with more gpu horsepower than a console. The point of a console is that not only is it set hardware that doesn't require maintenance by the user or guesswork by the developer for a lowest common denominator, it is also to give an experience inherently better to where you'd expect from the lowest common denominator (on PC). That is no longer the case.

Since the dawn of dx11 and the standardization of 1080p, both which have happened over the last couple years, PCs have regained a footing that could have been quelled by a new console. That said, since a new crop did not emerge, the typical amount of graphics horsepower inherently needed for a 1080p experience has been allowed to increase with new gpu iterations. Hence we are left with consoles that will need approx. the horsepower to meet 30fps minimums for PCs launching at that time. Currently that means a ~7850-7870 (or probably similar to 660 non-ti). Had it happened earlier, we may have been stuck for years an entire class downward.

You take the good with the bad.
1 0 [Posted by: turtle  | Date: 08/23/12 05:11:32 AM]
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Longer console life-cycle did force developers to write more efficient games, although I must say it has been just a bit too long. No matter how well design and how they shrunk the manufacturing process, the age started to show a couple years ago.

I just hope MS will stay away from proprietory hard drive so that we can swap the HDD out for an SSD to double the performance at minimal cost.

That aside, the next gen consoles have very high expectation to meet. While some want them to be pure gaming console, others want them to be much more -- an entertainment center that is upgradable.
1 0 [Posted by: gamoniac  | Date: 08/23/12 05:44:54 AM]
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On what grounds does he claim that PC games compete on the same market as consoles and tablets? Before the neoliberals brought computers and the internet to the ordinary consumer, games were manufactured for and bought only by dedicated fans. Piracy and tablets do not slow down that segment, where the consumers know a good computer game. I think this guy is full of BS, as is most of the contemporary games on the market.
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