With the Wii U already out, and the PS4 and Xbox Infinity (?) coming later this year, it’s clear a lot of us are starting to get excited about what all these new machines have to offer, and the games we’ll be playing in just a few short months. So the question is simple, what are you all looking forward to from these next-gen consoles?
Personally this is likely the very first time where I’m not overly excited about the visuals. Normally I get a little tingle in my stomach about how stunning all the games will look compared to before, but we know that we’ve hit the ceiling on visuals. Sure games will be clearer, run smoother, and feature far greater textures and objects in the environment, but we won’t be seeing a huge visual jump like we did from the PS2-era to this one. So I’m excited about different aspects the next-gen machines have to offer.
For starters the Wii U has shown how important a community can be. I know it seems silly since the PSN and Xbox Live are far more advanced, but there’s something magical about posting comments about whatever game you’re playing, or asking for help via a Twitter-like feed. We know Sony has something similar in the works what with the company’s stance on “Sharing” content from one member to another, or to the entire PSN community. The company has remained hush on exactly how all of these share features will work, if there will be one unified community, or if we’re simply going to upload these videos to a third party service and be done with it. Based on everything we’ve seen though, we know Sony’s going the social media route, albeit zeroed in on the hardcore gamer.
Where that leaves Microsoft is anyone’s guess. We should start to have a clearer picture later this week as the unveiling of the next-gen Xbox happens on May 21st. My guess is that Microsoft is going to go much further with their integration of Xbox Live. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a feature similar to Sony’s share button showing up. I can imagine it’ll all be done in-house though. Microsoft has the strongest community of gamers right now, and if they’re able to somehow enhance that with video capture, screenshots sharing, etc. it could go a long way in helping Microsoft retain their #1 spot in this field.
Naturally there are the games as well. I’m very excited to see new properties like Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs, but I want to see much more than that. Sure I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see sequels to some of my favorite series, but I have a soft spot for new IPs. Just look at this generation. We got Assassin’s Creed, Uncharted, inFamous, and so many others. Couple new IPs with these unique community features, and I think we’re all in for a wild ride.
So that’s just a little taste of some of the things I’m really excited about as we transition into a new generation. What about all of you out there? What are you excited about?