After a long several year cycle, the seventh generation of consoles is starting to come to an end. Just on the horizon there are several new gaming consoles by new and old gaming companies alike. 2013 looks to be a very promising year for gamers.
- Steam Box
Im sure youve heard by now that Valve, the makers of the Half-Life and Portal series, are planning on making a gaming console of their own.
Valve took their first step towards the Steam Box with the introduction of The Big Picture earlier this year. It allows gamers to play their Steam games on a TV.
Valve already has a patent for a video game controller that has a similar layout to the Xbox 360s controller. One cool feature of Valves potential controller is that you can move some of the buttons around to fit your play style.
Valves Steam Box Controller
This is sure to be an interesting console, especially because its coming from a PC developer.
Another new console developer coming to the market next year is the OUYA system. It has a unique feature in which all the games will be free-to-try and all will be downloadable. It was well overfunded in its Kickstarter campaign, which had an original goal of $950,000 and ended up getting $8.5 million.
The system also has a similar controller layout to that of the PS3 and the Xbox 360. The system is on track, with developer units already shipped out, for its April 2013 release.
This is one of the big systems coming to the market. With the success of the Playstation systems its no doubt that this system will be highly supported with games and franchises you know and love.
Developer kits for the system have already gone out, and there have been lots of talk and analysis about the Xbox 720 and the PS4 releasing soon over at Kotaku, which gives good hope for a 2013 release.
- Xbox 720
The Xbox 720 or the Xbox Durango is the other big player to the console market. Developed by software and hardware powerhouse Microsoft, its no wonder that it will be a highly polished and highly backed system. With a lot of franchises under its belt and the success of the Xbox 360, its also sure to have a large following of gamers.
Although it has not been officially announced by Microsoft there have been several clues to its inevitable release. Microsoft has said that the Xbox 360 is designed to have a 10 year life cycle, but because of the failure of their most recent product, Windows 8, release of the Xbox 720 could be pushed up to as early as 2013.