There’s a bit of buzz on the internet right now that Microsoft has posted several job listings that hint at a next generation Xbox that’s going to be released in the future. It’s no secret that they’re working on the technology to build a new console, which has to happen eventually, but this is the first time we’re really hearing about it, and I have to wonder if anything will be actually announced this year at E3.
But my question today is, do we WANT a new console generation already? This one was supposed to last longer than the others, as Kinect and Move and Motion Plus are all meant to extend the lifespan of their respective consoles with new technology. So if you own a console, do you really want to have to shelve your current system and any peripherals in preparation for a new hardware release that’s going to cost $400-$600?
My answer? Yes. As satisfied as I am with the current line-up of games out there, I can’t wait for the industry to continue to move forward, and I don’t think peripherals are the answer. I don’t own a Kinect, and won’t get any motion system unless it’s bundled with whatever console I’m getting. Graphics are good now, but I know they can be better, and I can’t wait to see what the next generation of titles look like on new hardware.
It just seems like I’ve been plugging away on these consoles for the better part of a decade now (this isn’t true, the Xbox in particular premiered a mere 6 years ago), but regardless, I’m ready for a change. I really do hope there are some big announcements at E3 this year, and I don’t just mean for Gears of War 4 or Wii Sports Colosseum.
What about you?