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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 Why Next-Generation Games Consoles Can Wait [Opinion] Why Next-Generation Games Consoles Can Wait [Opinion] The current generation of home games consoles - the Wii, the PS3, and the Xbox 360 - have all been with us for some time. This seventh-generation began in 2005 with the release of the... Read More 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.

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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 5 Things I Want From Next Generation Video Game Consoles [MUO Gaming] 5 Things I Want From Next Generation Video Game Consoles [MUO Gaming] The current generation of video game consoles is the longest in recent memory. The Xbox 360 came out over 6 years ago, and the PlayStation 3 came out shortly after that. Typically, a console lasts... Read More , my opinion piece on used games not being evil Why Used Games Are Not Evil [Opinion] Why Used Games Are Not Evil [Opinion] As a casual gamer I rarely buy brand new games. The number I've ever bought on launch day can be counted on one hand, though GTA V will be added to that short list soon.... Read More , and recent Kotaku posts talking about the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    February 17, 2013 at 11:55 am

    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
      February 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

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

  2. Akhil Kumar
    February 17, 2013 at 7:37 am

    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.

  3. Robert Ruedisueli
    February 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    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
      February 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

      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
        February 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        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.

  4. Harshit Jain
    February 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    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.

  5. Donovan Burns
    February 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

    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
      February 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      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.

  6. Kyle O'Connor
    February 15, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Features I'm scared of.....
    No backwards compatibility, no used games, required internet validation/connection, required Kinect, increased title costs, even more expensive controllers, effect on economies with no used games.

    Features I look forward to...
    More memory, better engines, better online play, better graphics, smoother gameplay, more online content, recordable gameplay on the fly, higher frame rate (hz)

    There are so many things that worry/excite me about this upcoming generation of gaming. Especially since I've been a hardcore gamer for almost 20 years now. I do have an optimistic view for this new generation. I think it will be the best and most exciting generation yet! It's just around the corner.

    • Greg Rickson
      February 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

      @Kyle I can fully understand your point of view ! My greatest worry is expense. I moved away from installing games on my laptop to a PS3 - Which I had put off purchasing until the price cam down, which it did and always will. I also only purchase "Essential" and "Classic" games to be sure I don't spend a small fortune on games alone. Reading some of these comment I can only imagine how much they must have invested, and yes I see that amount of spend as an investment, in their "gaming" environments.

    • Greg Rickson
      February 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

      @Kyle I can fully understand your point of view ! My greatest worry is expense. I moved away from installing games on my laptop to a PS3 - Which I had put off purchasing until the price cam down, which it did and always will. I also only purchase "Essential" and "Classic" games to be sure I don't spend a small fortune on games alone. Reading some of these comment I can only imagine how much they must have invested, and yes I see that amount of spend as an investment, in their "gaming" environments.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        February 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

        You know the irony? They keep push the 'new, shiny' consoles to us, but we still play that game from two almost two decades ago (because they're freaking amazing anyway). I know people who bought Vita to play PS1 games.

  7. Keefe Kingston
    February 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    My biggest fear is of locked content and DMR on the next generation of consoles. In fact, my fears have already been realized on the Wii U, making me wondering if the Xbox and Playstation will follow suite. DMR is more of a pain for the people who pay for games, rather then those who pirate them, not to mention stops the reselling of games, which i believe we have the right to. I hope that the next generation of consoles will stick the power to the players, rather to the companies and corporations. And ofcourse, we always look forward to the improved specs of new consoles, even if it matters very little. For instance, by the time any console is on the market, technology has advanced so far that it now seems obsolete. However, these consoles are dedicated gaming computers, which are unlike the PCs or Macs we use everyday. With a gaming console, they don't need things like antiviruses or have a bunch of programs running in the background, so when they run a game, they're able to run them pretty smoothly, despite having less powerful components. I also hope that future consoles will feature better HD and 3D graphics, however these will not be the selling point of the consoles! High Definition and 3 Dimensional graphics should be a feature, not the the main reason why the console should sell.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      The days of console manufacturers focusing entirely on improved visuals are thankfully over. The Wii changed the industry for the better there.

      I think your fears over DRM and locked content will prove to be legitimate. Sadly.

  8. Jim
    February 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I have been playing Farcry 3 in 4K for 2 months already, hooked up to 1 HI def 240 HZ TV and two projectors for the outside screens projected on white walls giving me sense of running through my room. Surround sound with subwoofer and an XBOX controller attached.

    Wondering how much I am gonna be impressed with these new consoles that are more than likely a year away?

    • Dave Parrack
      February 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Stick with that you've got. If you have that sort of money then new consoles will be meaningless to you.

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