Having been rivals for the past decade, Sony and Microsoft for once agree on something: that neither the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox 720 will be available in 2012. Nintendo, however, has other plans.
Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 have been keeping gamers busy ever since 2007 and 2005 respectively, each coming out with its own games trying to top the other one. In the good old days of video games (i.e. the 1990s and early 2000s), a game company’s new console would be released a mere three or four years after the previous console was released and has stopped making money. However, it looks like both companies are being stingy these days as, despite five or more years having past since their current console was released, neither will not be releasing a new console just yet.
Why? Quite simply, the companies claim that they don’t feel the PS3 or Xbox 360’s life cycles are over and want to keep plugging them for everything they got. To be fair, both companies have invested billions of dollars in these consoles and want to keep making money from their product while they still can before having to make a new one to one-up its competition. Gamers everywhere will be weeping at the continued wait for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720.
On a brighter note, Nintendo’s Wii U will be released during the 2012 Christmas holidays. While details are still scarce and won’t be known until later in the year, what is known is that the Wii U will have a handheld controller with a touchscreen that can interact with what’s showing on the TV screen. Players can also buy in-game items or apps without having to enter credit card information. Though the Wii U should be able to do many more cool things, surely those two bits of info will Wii players ecstatic.
With Sony and Microsoft delaying the release of their next consoles, Nintendo will definitely have the corner of the market with gamers in late 2012 and will be reaping all the benefits.
Yet again, this all could be a publicity stunt that both Sony and Micrsoft are doing to attract more attention and surprise gamers with releasing their next consoles, so who knows!
Originally published at primomag.com.au on Friday 31 January 2012