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Do You Believe The Next-Gen Consoles Will Be The Last?

Some analysts say the next generation of video game consoles will be the last. Do you believe that? And do you want that? Not sure I do.

There's this idea that one universal game console makes the most sense for everyone. There are those who don't go with this theory, but it does have some attractive points. Personally, I think competition begets quality in all industries, and I'd be afraid to lose that edge. And what fun would video game forums be without the system wars?

But in all seriousness, what do you expect to see in ten years time? There's a chance that these new consoles could last a good long time; at the end of their lifespans, will the entire industry have gone digital? Will we indeed only have one universal game system of some sort? Do you believe that's the correct course of action? Do you think that with stiff competition, you have to take the good with the bad? It's difficult to look too far down the road, and it only feels right to focus on the new systems, but I think this is an important question for numerous reasons.

That's because we'll turn around a few times and bam...the industry and hobby we thought we knew will have changed drastically. Hell, it already has changed drastically, but a gaming world without multiple consoles...?

It's tough to fathom.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, xbox one, gaming industry, next gen consoles

9/12/2013 10:12:39 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (38 posts)

Ather
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:41:36 PM
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With developers grepsing about taking too long for PS4?X1 I can't see how this will be it. of course, they also can't see how we don't have thousand of dollars to spend every 5 years. So things might last even longer.

A universal system would be golden. Competition would simply move from consoles to games. You'd want to make games people want over other people's games. We don't have that now. We have franchise vs franchise. But if you're against a system, you won't care about their franchises. Some people would love to play a franchise, but not on the system it's on. All this equals lost dollars. Ditto for exclusives.

Plus, it saves time and money not having to develop the same game multiple times for each platform. This will drop prices, as well as free up money to make bigger and grander games.

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JROD0823
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:23:46 PM

A unified gaming console, while being super convenient by allowing all software to co-exist on one system, would be a disaster.

Having no competition in hardware would give the last standing hardware manufacturer no incentive to ever reduce the price of the console, or its accessories/peripherals.

And there would be no guarantee that software would be fairly priced on a unified system, either.

Like it or not, we need Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft around and duking it out if we want to keep gaming an affordable hobby for all to enjoy equally.

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 1:08:46 AM

Yes we need competition or likely we won't see price reductions.

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Beamboom
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 4:18:40 AM

Depends on what they mean by "A unified gaming console standard". If it means an open standard that anyone can build, something similar to what is the case in the PC world, that would lead to more competition than *ever*. You could then potentially have tens of manufacturers building their version of the console, pushing prices down.

Worst case scenario is if there's only one manufacturer left totally controlling that platform. That'd very likely be very bad for the consumers.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 9:28:25 AM

Ever heard of the robber barons?

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Highlightreel
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 11:34:05 AM

Even if hell froze over and m$ and Sony joined to make 1 console (gasp), another console maker would sprout and try to compete. It's just a fact of the world. There's at least 2 choices for everything. There's too much money to be had to only have 1. McD's/BK, Chevy/Ford, Pepsi/Coke, gas stations, grocery stores, walfart/target, etc. Everything.

Stay Classy PSX...

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PS3_Wizard
Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 1:18:05 AM

@highlightreel

You said walfart...was that a typo or an ingenious way of referring to the grotesque abomination known as walmart? Either way, I'm officially using that from now on.

P.S.

Walmart DOES look like a physical fart, as well as the atmosphere smells like it when I walk in.

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Temjin001
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:50:50 PM
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I think this hardware for the next-gen pretty much shows convergence. Never before have we seen such similar hardware under the covers.

But to suggest a defacto standard would certainly mean SOny and MS would have to agree on something from a hardware standpoint. That may never happen. They're competitors who want to profit from their own culture and eco-system. Having a peice of hardware in place to draw boundaries is probably desirable for either party, no matter how similar the underlying tech is.
The only perceivable way I could imagine a change is if one console leader falls behind and the big publishers like EA and Ubisoft purposely discontinue software support in hopes to unify development to one core platform in the future.

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Akuma07
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:09:57 PM

It will never happen. Not just because of the fact that those companies will never agree on anything, but because they are competitors.

Competition is what drives the industry forward, it is because of competition that we even have the Playstation and Xbox in the first place, they were both new endeavours in the gaming industry from companies who were looking to compete with the dominant brands in the industry.

I personally don't want to see a joint console. Also, Microsoft and Sony both have completely different views on software. Microsoft is all about the cloud, and DRM, they have been this way for a VERY long time, which is why the original Xbox One was no surprise. Office 365 is another example of Microsofts end goal, to have an entire operating system based on the cloud. Sony does not have the same view, they are still very much in-the-box based, and dare I say, consumer focused.

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Akuma07
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:05:28 PM
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It won't be the last. Not by far.

And the people who think that really don't understand the state of the industry.

The next-gen consoles could possibly be the start of a gaming revolution, but we will have to see if it does turn out that way.

In regards to the consoles being the same, well, look at mobile phones, for many many years, the thing that sells mobile phones isn't the hardware, it's the software. Nokia used to rein supreme in the mobile world for years because their hardware was unrivalled. Then Apple and Samsung brought their A game, and now it's an even playing field in terms of hardware. It is the software and the ecosystem that sells phones, and gaming will be the same. There will only be minor differences in gaming hardware from now on, but you will see new software features on both consoles emerging as the selling points.

Also, I believe that people who think a universal console is a good idea, also do not truly understand what that means. The idea is that everyone in the world would be using the same console, EXCEPT for one thing, you still have PC gamers, Nintendo gamers, mobile gamers, and handheld gamers, which means the gaming industry will ALWAYS be fragmented by platforms. So there is no POINT in creating a universal console, because the ONLY thing it serves to do, is reduce the competition in the industry. How can any person seriously consider the outcome of this and STILL think it is a good idea?

Having one universal console, would also create a monopoly on gaming. The companies are completely capable of pricing things however they want, and we are basically powerless to do anything about it. Don't like their prices? Don't play any games on the console.

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JROD0823
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:07:40 PM
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As long as video game consoles sell hundreds of millions of units and software sells billions of units combined each generation, new generations of consoles will continue to be made.

So to sum my argument up, there's no way in hell that this is the last generation of video game consoles, far from it.

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Knightzane
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:09:59 PM
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If it does, the ps3 and 360 will come back. No one is going to want to be fully immersed in some crappy all in one console. I heard that some NEW dreamcast game came out. I think last year or something. I could see indie devs making games for the ps3 and 360 instead of the one console. People like having competition, it creates a healthy and somewhat annoying online experience. But who knows. I just hope not

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Akuma07
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:22:37 PM
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On the next 10 years, well as I said above, it won't be the last generation. But will the next generation after this one be all digital?

No.

I mean, currently every game (i think) is sold in physical and digital forms on the day of release. How much more digital can it go than removing physical? I can see there being more services based software on the next consoles, but I don't think physical media will disappear. Part of the reason is because that don't forget, gaming consoles play more than just games, they play dvd's and blurays too. That is a huge selling point for consumers, as it cuts out having to buy a separate product.

Worldwide broadband infrastructure needs to be able to handle that, and it can't at the moment. Gaming companies are aware of this.

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Dreno
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 12:00:31 AM
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Completely unrelated to the article, does anyone have any idea why Walmart would have a listing for kingdom hearts 3 that says if you order it today it should ship by 12/31/2013?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 9:30:03 AM

Slave labor isn't all that reliable.

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Clamedeus
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 12:37:46 AM
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I don't think it will be the last. But that's just me.

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Beamboom
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 4:13:27 AM

I don't think that's just you, good sire ;)

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Geobaldi
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 2:38:28 AM
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I've always said that eventually there would be a universal platform at some point. Next gen consoles pretty much are almost identical as it stands now so I don't think it'll be too much longer before a single system begins to be talked about in greater detail by manufactures and developers. It would definitely save developers money as they won't have to budget out different versions of their software.

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ulsterscot
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 3:13:51 AM
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If you believe Nostradamus - yes

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PlatformGamerNZ
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 3:18:13 AM
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yeah i certainly hope not.i want the playstation to live on forever because i love it. but i mean i don't ever think that there will be less than wat we have now aleast for a while but it's hard to say how the console part of the industry will change. i want consoles to be around forever if it is viable. i mean i think that the play station will be around for a long long time yet i'm sure these analysised's know what they are talking about they don't seem to know the people every well.

happy gaming =)

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Lawless SXE
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 3:31:01 AM
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I sincerely doubt it. Especially with the rise of the microconsole, which only proves that more manufacturers want in. For one, I don't really see Nintendo ever seeking to amalgamate with either Sony or Microsoft, and let's not forget that that is one company that has survived for over a hundred years, constantly adapting to the world around them. And with the phenomenal investments that Sony and Microsoft have made in the last 20/10 years, it's hard to imagine either conceding to the pipedream of a universal console, although I can foresee Microsoft bowing out if the X1 fails to capture the public imagination in order to focus on the PC market.

Yeah... I'm a little frazzled at the moment. Short answer: NOPE!

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greg238
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 3:57:08 AM
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No im not sure how much more advanced gaming can get but it surcticaly won't b the last

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Beamboom
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 4:12:57 AM
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If there's only one console platform after the next gen I don't see why that's the end of consoles as long as that one platform is still a console?

But even if that happens I'm sure it will only be for a transition period until a new competitor pops up.


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Kiryu
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 5:18:18 AM
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Playstation 5 will happen sometime in the future its inevitable

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___________
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 5:30:46 AM
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want?
of course not!
but they will be the last like it or not.
10 years time everything will be done by the cloud there will be no need for new systems.
$ony did not spend 6 arms and 5 legs on gaikai so they can stream ps3 games, nor did M$ spend the same on their azure servers.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 9:29:09 AM

No.

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___________
Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 10:27:07 AM

yes.

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souljah92
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 7:02:40 AM
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bollocks, they'll keep coming

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 9:25:53 AM
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MS wants there to be one monopoly owned by them, I am against monopolies.

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PC_Max
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 9:39:28 AM
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We have a multitude of TV's from various brand companies, Sony being a big one. They all play the various forms of accepted media. The difference... maybe the features they bring with them. Tru-Motion, 3D, etc., etc. BUT they play cable, satellite hookups, hard drives ,etc. and most video formats.

So why not include the game industry along with these services and features. It does not stifle innovation because PC tech has progressed over the years. Apple did not force PC's tech to get better, faster, stronger (Six Million Dollar Man) because of competition. The hardware manufacturers competed but they all fit in the same PC box, depending which you want with what feature and at what price. And then that box throws on top of it a brand name, Sony, Acer, HP, etc.

Confining and restricting the game industry to the old us and them seems backwards. The competition... should be between the hardware AND the developers of games. NOT the platform. Leave Sony, MS and whomever else wishes to come on board in the future to say what features or services THEIR platform or box will have. This is already occuring with the PS4 and XB1.

It may or not eventually happen, but the us and them mentality still seems to want to linger and be a pain in the backside.

I want game, AND I want a choice of what platform I play those games on. I do not want to have to buy more 3 or 4 devices to play all of them.

Keep playing!

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Sir Dan
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 11:44:52 AM
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Don't have time to read these responses but personally I think it'll develope into completing services and not hardware. Sony for instance may offer a gamering service that goes right to their TV's for free and a small fee to non Sony TV's. No reason for a box anymore. In 10 years broadband will be everywhere.

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Sir Dan
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 11:45:35 AM
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Don't have time to read these responses but personally I think it'll develope into completing services and not hardware. Sony for instance may offer a gamering service that goes right to their TV's for free and a small fee to non Sony TV's. No reason for a box anymore. In 10 years broadband will be everywhere.

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homura
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 12:27:22 PM
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If Sony will not go for innovative tech for the PS5 or there will be only one universal console that will rule them all in the future then it will be a sad moment for middle earth. Me or my grandchildren will never have a chance to play on a Holodeck.

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MrAnonymity
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 1:29:41 PM
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Why not? Can't say I'd mind all that much.

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Solid Fantasy
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 1:43:15 PM
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Given the exponential growth of technology it's hard to take anything that we have now and try to make a prediction of where the industry will be in five too six years based off of it. The only thing holding the tech back is the economy of it. And even that could push us in either direction regarding only one console, two consoles, three consoles, or none. Maybe we'll just have to buy subscriptions to Sony owned cloud computing services.
Like I said it's hard to take any prediction seriously when a few years is a long time these days.

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Lunar_Miyuki
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 2:15:23 PM
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i highly doubt Microsoft sony or nintendo could work together on 1 console lets se originally sony screwed nintendo when they were supposed to work together on a console then sony made the ps1 Sony and microsoft cant get along even if you pointed a sword to both of their throats and microsoft and nintendo dont share any f the same ideas since nintendo doesnt really care about DLC

so way i see it their wont be a universal console for at least another 20 to 30 years

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Indestructible
Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 10:19:17 AM
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No, I don't think the next generation will be the last, we have VR coming up right on the horizon, Occulus right, omni step etc. But this could be the last generation of consoles we play on TV.

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Brighat
Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 5:41:11 PM
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As long as they continue to make new PCs, they will continue to design new consoles. Due to the innards being PC-like, a console might have a 4-5 year life span now. I expect Sony and Microsoft to have every successor to have a PC-like build going forward.

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