Easily a topic that all gamers get excited about every few years. The anticipation of new hardware, new capabilities, and new game titles start swirling around rumor mills and gamer calendars everywhere. Over the past three months, news of the Playstation 4 and the newly announced Xbox One has dominated everyone's minds because of so many noteworthy rumors. Always on, no used games, internet-required; these are just three topics that had many of us intrigued and worried at the same time.
Now we know there wont be a giant leap in graphical capability, but there will be a leap nonetheless. The area where I believe gamers and developers are most excited about is how console and PC gaming are looking as though they may start to blend a little bit, and what used to be an obvious line of separation is now a thin line, with what could mean better games and more games for more consoles. People love PC titles such as Star Wars: TOR, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Crysis, Total War, PlanetSide, and many more because of their gameplay, fludity, and interaction with other players. Crysis of course is an exception as it has now seen consoles, but early on, it was a game where we thought the original alone on PC was next-gen, not just another PC title.
Imagine a game such as Fallout, or TES, two of Bethesda's best games. We have seen how great these have become over this generation, but what about what they could do with this one? Graphically, more areas to explore would be obvious. Grand Theft Auto from Rockstar has also always pushed the limits of expansive maps and worlds, and with GTA V possibly becoming the last great current-gen game to release this year, one can imagine what a studio like them could do with a future title on PS4 or XB1.
Myself being a huge sports fan, I can't imagine what a company such as 2K Sports will be able to do with their ever-growing dominance of the basketball landscape with NBA 2K. I am hopeful to see NBA 2K14 for next-gen with even more gameplay enhancements than ever before, and maybe I will get my wish to see them pick up a license deal with either Turner Sports or Comcast Sports Net. We all know EA Sports has almost forgotten how to make a realistic sports simulation, so maybe they can give up the NFL exclusitivity that they have crapped on as well.
With the Playstation 4 Eye, and the Kinect 2, I can really see where even truer enhancements can come with these accessories as well. I would like to see greater use with a more variety of games, such as shooters, RPGs, and action titles. I love the party titles and the added enhancements we've seen in games such as Mass Effect, Skyrim, and NBA 2K13. Now, wouldn't it be cool to play Gears of War and chainsaw someone yourself instead of by a button? Too bad epic Games probably killed the franchise with GoW: Judgment.
Next-gen makes me excited. For the first time, I will be able to purchase the new consoles at launch instead of having to wait. I hope for all gamers sakes that Sony and Microsoft will have more manufactured and available at launch that in the past. We all want next-gen, and I know we have all waited for quite sometime. Here's to 2013 gamers, now go a collect those last remaining trophies and achievements for what has been a tremendous generation of gaming.