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With The 2013 Slate, I Don't Really Care About Next-Gen

Considering that this generation is getting long in the tooth, by all rights, I should be anxiously awaiting the new consoles.

But how can I be expected to focus on future hardware when upcoming software for current hardware looks so damn amazing? It's kinda hard.

It'd be one thing if 2013 was looking pretty bare, if one glanced at the schedule for the year and could only point to a few games that leapt off the screen. But the first quarter alone is enough to make me excited, and that quarter doesn't even include The Last Of Us and Grand Theft Auto V (the latter is loosely set for "spring").

Starting with DMC and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in January and escalating with Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Dead Space 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Crysis 3, and Bioshock Infinite in February, and maybe hitting a fever pitch with God of War: Ascension and Tomb Raider in March, the number of potentially AAA games on the immediate horizon should be holding everyone's attention. And really, that's just the beginning of 2013; imagine what the rest of the year has in store.

I find it immensely difficult to get all amped up about expensive new hardware when the stuff I currently have is capable of giving me lots of new, cutting-edge experiences for quite some time. Am I the only one who feels this way? I bet not.

Tags: next generation, next gen, next gen consoles, gaming industry

12/26/2012 10:33:04 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

Deleted User []
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 11:09:49 PM
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I agree. Why would you pine for next-gen when the current generation is full of good stuff early on in 2013? Games like Dead Space 3, Sly Cooper, MLB '13 and Bioshock Infinite are going to help speed up winter around here. I don't know why so many clamor for a new machine anyway. I don't know how much more substantially better the graphics will be.

Don't forget about Grand Theft Auto V. That might come out in March, too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 11:17:07 PM
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With all the great games coming I certainly have no big desire to part with a lot of money that I can't afford for new hardware that won't have decent software available to it any time soon.

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ethird1
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 11:33:04 PM
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This cycle I am going to wait until the price comes down and there are a ton of new games to play for the new system.

Phantasy Star Online 2 will be out for my Vita in a while and I cant wait to play it.

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 12:16:39 AM
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Games have been taking me longer to complete . I've no problem grinding with the current gen of consoles . I can wait. Haven't even gotten to MGS4 yet .

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Temjin001
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 12:20:56 AM
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I'm not all that amped either. While I'd like the next-gen to start rolling forward so those platforms can start accumulating the acclaimed hits and the accompanying price drops, it's not at all because I feel the quality of software currently available is somehow lacking. In fact, I do feel that this prolonged generation will work harder to offer ingenuity and make it harder for mainstream gaming tropes to persuade you for a purchase. Halo 4, for example, as acclaimed as it was, felt so absolutely familiar and recycled in play that it just didn't hold me as much as I expected it should, even with fantastic looking visuals and lavishly crafted effects. Similarly, I'm more excited for MG: Rising and curious of DMC than the more expected offering of a GoW experience(still very awesome).


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bigrailer19
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 12:44:31 AM
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Yeah, the games coming out appear to be a top notch line up. But if it wasnt for this console cycle it would be the next and so on... The trend will continue into the next generation and we will see it then as well.

Im very much looking forward to these upcoming games, but im more excited to see what Uncharted 4 looks like. ;)

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Temjin001
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 1:51:10 AM
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The biggest concern I have is about the identity and position shifts of the next-gen. I'm somewhat bothered by the early Orbis rumors and the change of focus Sony may adopt. MS managed to drop their original Xbox identity nearly entirely and have gone far more mainstream casual with KINECT. I do feel they betrayed the audience they pandered to in the beginning. I really hope Sony doesn't stop catering to us core gamers and keeps bleeding edge productions and innovations at the fore.

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Qubex
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 3:03:54 AM

The issue is cost, and ultimately profit. Only a few development houses will be able to keep this level of development up over the long term, while others will try and fail along the way. Agreed, let us hope Sony studios keep on going as they do produce stunning stuff...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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___________
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 2:33:45 AM
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its not kinda hard, think of all the new things they would enable us to do!
not only the features in game like advanced AI, physics, particle effects, better graphics overall, better frame rate.
but also a newer nicer XMB, the ability to search the web in game, the ability to download off the PSN store in game, maybe a second screen like the wiiu gamepad.
yea theres heaps of kick a$$ games due out next year, actually looks even better than 2011!
but that said it should not mean that you cant get excited about next gen systems!

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Snaaaake
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 3:44:02 AM
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Which reminds me, I thought the Wii U is suppose to be a next gen console yet the graphics so far aren't showing that it is.

Look at ZombiU, the graphic is horrible even for 7th gen standard.

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Beamboom
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 4:01:24 AM
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In theory, if the current generation consoles were the last consoles to ever be created, there would be great games released for them all for an eternity too.
But we would then never see what the next gen had in store for us, or the gen after that, or...

Instead I ask:
How much larger would the next GTA have been if it didn't have to fit into hardware made almost ten years ago? Would they then have made it more persistent too?
How much better could the AI of Elizabeth in Bioshock Infinite have been had it been programmed for more capable hardware?
How much do we visually miss out on in Crysis 3? Would they have pushed it further had the next gen been upon us already?

And when I ask myself those questions, I get this annoying feeling in my gut, a burning wish that these games were made for the next generation hardware instead.


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 11:22:01 AM

I think if I continually asked myself those questions, I'd be incorrectly disappointed in what we have now. I'd always be disappointed because I'd always think "bigger and better" is possible.

I find it much more enjoyable from a hobby standpoint to simply be satisfied and impressed with what we have.

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PharaohJR
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 4:02:54 AM
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feel the same. im looking to what next gen has to offer but im not anticipating like this gen & previous...... i must admit the possibilty of 24-40 players in a online GT6 with heavy damage at 24 nurb 2 laps.... SOUND REAL GOOD.

if next gen isnt over 6 when released, ps4 will be sitting beside ps3 untill i catch up with alot of ps3 & this gen games.

side note.... HAPPY NEW YEAR squad... value lessons of 12 stand tall in 13. salute.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 5:25:15 AM
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I can't help but agree. The early line-up is utterly incredible, but we really have no idea of what will be dropping in the second half of the year. I mean, we'll all likely still be playing half of what is to be released in the first, but that apparent dearth points to the launch of the next gen and, honestly, it's a pretty good idea. But I can wait for next-gen. This one seems to only just be hitting its stride and I'd love to see developers keep pushing the envelope than return to semi-simple gameplay designs as they work out new architecture all over again.

That being said, I can also see things from the perspective of those that go against the grain of the article. The PC has shown that current graphical capabilities are leaps and bounds ahead of what the consoles are and that alone is a pretty good incentive. The rest is the promise that hasn't yet been achieved anywhere: better friendly and enemy AI, a more minutely designed world that is ENTIRELY capable of drawing you into it, an increase in sheer processing power that allows for new mechanics to be implemented... it's a world designed for heady thinking.

But then you must consider that it is tempered by David Cage's favourite assertion: Technology is a canvas. Without people willing and able to push it, things go nowhere. I can wait until the auteurs explode onto the next-gen scene.

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Beamboom
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 7:02:10 AM

... But remember one thing, Lawless: If the rumoured change of architecture from Sony is true, there will be no big "working out the new hardware" period that we were pestered with this generation.
That is in fact one of the main reasons I am so excited for this rumour and hope it is true. It will make us enjoy the potential of our hardware sooner.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 2:07:25 PM

I'd like to agree, but the 360 and PC exclusives don't give me a lot of hope on that front. What was it in the early days that showed them as being truly next gen from what came before? I hope that we can continue to progress, but I get the feeling that we'll see a reversion, even if all three platforms stick to x86 and that scares the hell out of me. We've seen such leaps this generation and to see all of that vanish for a couple of years would be heart-rending.

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DjEezzy
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 9:18:14 AM
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While I agree with everything that was said here... I have a feeling once trailers start coming out for the new gen people will start to get the itch. I'm perfectly content with this gen as well, but i can't say i won't be excited when i see the new gen stuff that'll be coming out.

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Knightzane
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 11:24:36 AM
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Yeah, if the ps4 does release im still not going to buy it next year. Maybe in 2014 but i don't see myself needing a new console anytime soon. I don't get why we even need a next gen. With the updates both ps3 and 360 get they could easily stay current but i guess its mainly for better graphics and what-not. Still, maybe the next gen will be the last. I just hope we're not stuck getting graphic cards every 5 months.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 1:59:59 PM
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I have to say I feel the same way, I really cannot wait for Ni No Kuni in January, then Tomb Raider, Bioshock: Infinite, Dead Space 3, Lightning Rises (I know I'll be getting it - whatever it may be...) and This Phantom Pain enigma Kojima has up his sleeve I feel the PS3 has plenty of life in it for this upcoming year as for 2014... I may be expecting a PS4, but that means I wont be getting it until 2015 and I imagine 2014 will have a few good last titles during the transition of the consoles release.

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Draguss
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 2:31:23 PM
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The game I'm most excited for next year is Tales of Xillia, which Ben doesn't seem to mention much when talking about great upcoming games for some reason.

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jugheadjones
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 3:19:46 PM
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I'm with all of you. I don't even know what a new console would bring to the table. We already have HD, 3D and motion gaming. They already move along pretty smoothly, so a system with a little better graphics and a little faster processor? Not worth the bucks imo. I am someone who buys all of the tech, but doesn't necessarily buy as much as everyone else to support it (games, accessories, etc); but, unless there is some unknown technology on the immediate horizon that they haven't told us about, I'm definitely not in for a new one.

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olicapone
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 5:09:00 PM
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I just hope they come out with some worthwhile PSP games or at least more RPGs for the ps3 aside from ni no kuni which I am totally looking forward to.

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