Any Room On The Next-Gen Hype Train For Two New Systems?
So Microsoft is going to give us all "a real taste of the future" on May 21 when they unveil their new Xbox console.
Consider the epic system wars that will be infecting video game forums and communities all around the Internet. Then consider the following question:
Is there really room on the next-gen hype train for two new consoles? The bottom line is that most consumers may not be able to afford both systems immediately, which means they'll have to pick a side. So if they have to pick a side, who wins...?
The question being, is it possible for gamers to be equally excited about the two machines on the horizon? I'm not sure it is. I think it's obvious that most will be selecting their horse based on what they see in May, and then sticking with that horse. But as is the case in all big business, headlines and hype often translate to sales. What if the PS4 and Xbox 720 sort of just block each other? What if there really isn't any room on that train? What if they kinda cancel each other out and neither side gains the edge?
Of course, this is all assuming that Microsoft unveils a system that goes over as well as the PS4 did. That's altogether possible, especially because the US has been Xbox's domain this past generation. The PS4 has enjoyed a horde of positive headlines; if the new Xbox gets very similar headlines, I wonder if the hype train will quite simply derail. Too much stress and pressure. Neither console emerges victorious. ...and yet, those system wars will still be epic. And embarrassing, I'm sure.
4/24/2013 9:09:42 PM Ben Dutka