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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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