What Are Your Hopes And Fears For Next-Gen Games Consoles? [We Ask You]

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It looks increasingly likely that 2013 will be the year when the next generation of video games truly begins. The Wii U is already on the market, but the signs aren’t good for Nintendo. Early sales have been disappointing, and there looks to be little chance of lightning striking twice with the Wii moniker. Which leaves room for Sony and Microsoft to steam in and steal all the glory.

The rumor mill surrounding both companies’ plans for the next generation of video game hardware has been working overtime of late, with leaks suggesting at least some of what Sony and Microsoft have in the works. In fact, Sony is widely expected to unveil its new console on Feb. 20, with the Japanese giant sending out an invitation to “See the future” on that date. But what do you want, and indeed not want, to see in that future?

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Are Your Hopes And Fears For Next-Gen Games Consoles? It’s a simple one this week, at least if you’re a gamer. There are so many features that could or could not be included in the next-Gen hardware, and we want to know which you hope to see included and excluded. And, of course, your reasoning for thinking that way.

Last April I argued why I was happy toh wait for the next-gen consoles to arrive. My reasoning being that I was happy with the current hardware, so didn’t really want the presence of a new console or two luring me to open my wallet.

However, the closer the new consoles get to taking physical form, the more excited I’m becoming. I’m a sucker for shiny gadgets fresh out of their packaging. Hell, the image above showing consoles from 10 years ago is filling me with longing.

For fear of pushing your opinion one way or the other I’m not going to set out a list of features I’m keen to see/afraid to see with the next-Gen hardware. Suggested reading before you make your mind up includes the 5 things Dave LeClair wants to see, my opinion piece on used games not being evil, and recent Kotaku posts talking about the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720.

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Drawing Conclusions

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Comments (17)
  • Lisa Santika Onggrid

    I too, am pretty happy with today’s consoles. I don’t need more consoles. I need more games. While immersive 3D worlds are awesome, I’m okay with little people running on my TV screen. We need more gameplay innovation, not flashy, uber realistic graphics.

    • Dave Parrack

      Have you checked out the Ouya? That may be right up your street, Lisa :)

  • Akhil Kumar

    Hopes: Something beyond the screen and a hand-held device, say an accurate mind-controlled game.This mind-controlled thing can move beyond games, maybe more creative like art (not next-gen exactly)
    Fears: People getting too attached to games resulting in a negative behavioral change.

  • Robert Ruedisueli

    I think eye tracking and head tracking will be used in combination for camera controls in future games, once head mounted displays are small enough, and high enough resolution to be practical.

    As of other controls, we can only guess. The problem is that advanced motion controls, always tend to introduce very complex programming issues, which is why only basic motion sensing has ever stuck. I really think Nintendo’s Wii-mote design, and Sony’s Sixaxis design are two examples of what we might see for actual controlers in the future. That is the most motion control that I really see practical for most conventional games.

    Some other classes of games though, will use a combination of a weight distribution board and camera. These can be combined with more traditional controllers in each hand.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid

      I’m afraid in the future I’d need a whole room solely for gaming. Motion sensor is awesome, but I’d rather not using it for each and every game. While I like adventure and fighting games, it doesn’t mean I have enough room to run around and whip my hands.

    • Dave Parrack

      The way Kinect is going the full-room experience isn’t that far off. It’s exciting but it will limit gaming for those who don’t have the space to dedicate an entire section of their house to this hobby.

  • Harshit Jain

    My biggest fear is that the games made for next Gen consoles will be very expensive and will be ties to only one console. Used games will be locked down on one console.

    My biggest hope is that these new consoles will redefine gaming with completely new technologies something like turning whole room into the game’s environment.

  • Donovan Burns

    I could see a solid state console the size of a thumbdrive that just plugs into a HDMI port and runs off of wifi (maybe steam?). But that’ll probably be a couple gens away, since many people still don’t have sufficient broadband.

    • Dave Parrack

      We’re definitely moving towards a time when the hardware is secondary as the processing is done offsite and in the cloud. I agree it’s at least one generation away from becoming reality though.

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