The End of Consoles is near? Anthony Lucid, 2015 10-May-2013
On May 21, 2013, Microsoft is going to unveil their new eighth generation
console, code named Xbox Infinity. Earlier, Sony announced their Playstation 4 (PS4), which they said would be released during the Christmas holidays. While several long-time fans are excited, will these consoles sell against smart phones and tablets? One way to look at it is the fact that the last consoles that Sony and Microsoft made came out in late 2005 and 2006, making it 7 years since a new console has been released from these two companies. While people say that they waited for better technology, and it is supported by Sony’s new claim on the PS4’s specifications; both Sony and Microsoft might have been short on the bandwagon, losing ground to a much older gaming company; Nintendo. Since 1983, Nintendo has been making home consoles, from the Nintendo Entertainment system, to the newest console on the market, the Wii U. While the Wii U has not sold very well in the last months, its seventh generation console, the Wii, outsold both the Xbox 360 and the PS4 by more than 20 million units. Coupled with the fact that the Nintendo 3DS outsold the PS Vita by nearly 18 Million units, Nintendo has come out as the leader in the new consoles.
However, Nintendo’s Wii U’s low sales has had some people worried, and began
wondering if this is the last generation console. Seeing as consoles sold very well last generation, this generation of consoles will sell well, but one of the console manufacturers might turn away from consoles. While no one is sure, Sony has been making its money mainly from TVs and other electronics, and could decide to not release another Playstation. While this is probably not the end of home consoles, this generation of consoles definitely has its work cut out for it to battle the smart phones and tablets, as well as the resurgence of the PC gaming. So, hereâ€™s to the next generation of consoles, and hopefully they are truly visionary.