I hold many fond memories from a plethora of video games I have played throughout my life. Because of nostalgic reasons, I still have my Nintendo 64, Xbox, PS One, Ps2, Xbox 360, Game boy, Game boy advance, Nintendo Ds, 3DS, Gamecube and Wii (but unfortunately not my Sega Genesis).
I have a Wii U (which I adore) and have been tempted to by a ps4 but the lack of awesome games on the ‘eighth generation’ of consoles has made me want to invest in a really good gaming PC. There is also the big controversial conversation at the moment insisting that the latest generation of game console will also be the last. There are a number of arguments that support this – a lack of portability, a lack of good AAA titles, a high price point and the fact indie developers are struggling to get their games onto home consoles.
Recently it seems consoles are now becoming more like ‘home-entertainment systems’ which allow you to browse the internet, play movies and watch TV. However, video gaming consoles made purely for gaming seem to be dying out. I still play my 3DS but it seems more adults are buying tablets and phones for their kids instead of consoles. Could this be because the games are cheap, portable and there are thousands of mobile games to choose from? Probably. Luckily the 3DS is a fantastic device but what happens when graphics on mobiles and tablets begin to improve?
So today as I was watching ‘King of Kong: A fistful of quarters’ (a documentary you have to check out about two gamers competing for the title of best Donkey Kong player) I started thinking about the future of video game consoles and whether we will all start playing the newest Assassins Creed or Call of Duty on our phones. I personally think the current video game companies will have to change and adapt – bring something new and innovative to the entertainment industry. Nintendo has definitely always been a game changer – they aren’t afraid to try new ideas (like motion controls or a gaming tablet) and it seems like Microsoft and Sony tend to follow in their footsteps. The Wii U could have been truly amazing – if the tablet was lighter, had a better screen and didn’t need a console to play it.
Apple and Samsung could have an opportunity to make a change in the industry. Imagine an immersive video game that could be played on your phone, TV screen, computers and tablet. Unfortunately it seems Apple and Samsung aren’t so good at making games, but if they created a console that allowed indie developers to create their own games that worked across different platforms, I think it would be a much-needed change of pace in the industry. We could have a bigger range of high quality games that we could access anywhere – the only problem is I probably would never pay attention to anything ever again besides the latest and greatest game wherever I go (oh boy…)
I also have big hopes for new devices such as Ouya, Steam Machine or Oculus Rift – they offer something different and are not possible to pull off on current mobile devices or tablets. It’s an immersive experience that I hope will take gaming to another level. Virtual reality, or better yet, augmented reality is an experience we have always wanted as kids but it has never really been achieved to the extent that we oh-so-badly desire. If we change the way games are played, maybe the home console will continue to exist. Playing the latest graphic-intense adventure game something like the Oculus rift while wearing Control VR gloves and walking on the Virtuix Omni sounds like a dream to me…
Do you think we will see another Xbox or Playstation in the next generation of consoles? Or do you think consumers will just turn to mobiles and tablets? What about PC Gaming? Maybe new consoles will pop up and steal the show? I am nervous but ultimately extremely excited to see how things turn out.