Whether or not we need a new console generation is one of the most fierce - and important - debates that gamers and pundits are holding at the moment. Many developers have come out of the woodwork to suggest that the industry desperately needs new hardware, and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and major retailer Gamestop have added their voices to the argument. We have the full story below, and would love to hear what you make of it.
First up, Ubisoft co-founder Yves Guillemot believes that the next generation of console hardware will be coming "soon" - and that Ubi are eager to support any new platforms (including the Wii U, which may Force Microsoft and Sony's hand) as soon as possible. As usual. Ubisoft have previously stated that this console generation lacks the graphical and technical grunt to let them realise their ambitions of adaptive AI - not to mention Beyond Good And Evil 2.
I think it’s sending the message that the new transition is going to happen – and we’re going to have new machines coming soon. We’re going to continue to take this approach [on the Wii U]. We feel this console is coming with very innovative features that will change the video game industry and we want to be a part of that. - Yves Guillemot to Gamastura
Gamestop has also joined the fray by suggesting that the next generation will roll out in 2014 - since the Xbox 360 and PS3 still have plenty of sales and motion control peripherals to capitalise on.
Management does not expect new hardware consoles from Microsoft and Sony until 2014; however, a successful launch of Nintendo's Wii U in 2012 could add pressure to accelerate a hardware refresh. - Gamestop to MCV
However, according to the Baird Research Group, Gamestop is also concerned that Kinect and Playstation Move have a long way to go to prove their relevance to gamers and realise their potential. We can expect motion control to play a major role in the next generation, and it's important that the two hardware giants sort out the kinks (and, you know, the all important lineup) well ahead of time.
As for the motion controller launched a year ago, management indicated more software is needed to maintain sales momentum.
Amen to that.
Right, it's time to have your say. Are we ready for the next generation? Could 2014 be the sweet spot? Or do you agree with Gearbox's claims that we've still got plenty more potential with our current consoles? Have your say in the comments!