The Generation Isn't "Over" When New Consoles Launch
You know, we're often forgetting something when envisioning the next generation of hardware.
While most all gamers know the truth of the matter, many headlines out there almost make it sound as if the next generation is upon all of us the instant a new console hits store shelves. But of course, not every gamer in the world buys that machine immediately. In fact, these days, it takes a while for the majority of fans to fully embrace a new generation.
Let's not forget that games will continue to be made for the "old" consoles for quite some time after the new machines are available. Some of the very best PS2 games in that platform's history launched after the PS3 was available in the US; I distinctly remember God of War II launching in March of 2007. And Final Fantasy XII hit mere weeks before the PS3 came out. Also, at this rate, it seems highly unlikely that both the new PlayStation and Xbox will be out at the same time. Just because one company is in the "new generation" doesn't mean the other is, too.
Developers and publishers know that in order to keep making money, they need to keep producing games for systems the majority of gamers actually have. That's why we kept seeing new PS2 games for several years after the PS3 arrived, and you can bet that'll happen again as we make the transition from the PS3 to the PS4. A new generation is eased into; it isn't entered into overnight.
6/25/2012 9:02:59 PM Ben Dutka