What Percentage Of PS4 Hype Is Due To Generation Fatigue?
The PlayStation 4 has enjoyed plenty of positive attention. Much of that is obviously due to a well-received presentation back in February.
Sony's new machine is much more accessible for game makers, it appears to boast all the bells and whistles that modern-day gaming consoles demand (and maybe a few more), and the potential launch lineup of software is pretty damn impressive. It also helps that many industry insiders, including developers, publishers, analysts and journalists, are all saying the PS4 is a damn fine machine. In short, a great many are very excited.
But there's another factor to consider: This has been the longest generation for most of the industry's history. The Xbox 360 launched in 2005, which means it is now well into its 8th year and the PS3 is in its 7th. As a recent frame of reference dating back to the mid-90s, the first PlayStation launched in 1995, the Sega Dreamcast dropped in 1999, the PS2 hit in 2000, the Xbox and GameCube in 2001, the Xbox 360 in 2005, and the PS3 and Wii in 2006. The bottom line is that we haven't waited for a new generation of systems for quite this long.
So is at least some of the PS4 excitement simply due to generation fatigue? Are gamers just sick and tired of the current generation? Are they just begging for new hardware? Frankly, I'm not sure... I do believe generation fatigue plays a role but perhaps it isn't as big as we think; after all, the PS3 and 360 are still going strong in many respects, and I think if the PS4 presentation didn't go well, the headlines would've reflected that. So it's not like the wait for new consoles results in a craving that overrides everything else. Me, I'd be good with the PS3 for another few years but I'm aware I'm in the minority. I usually am. ;)
4/14/2013 9:55:19 PM Ben Dutka