Sony set the gaming world on fire yesterday with their “see the future” teaser. A PS4 announcement is imminent. It’s coming sooner than expected, but it’s just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why Sony’s surprise PS4 reveal will reinvigorate the industry.
Great games are still coming out for the PS3 and Xbox 360, but they’re more of the same. The industry has become stagnant, and now it feels like we’re just going through the motions. Sales are down, and gamers are growing impatient.
Sony’s PS4 announcement will bring some excitement back to the industry. It will kick open the floodgates and scream, “The next generation starts here!” At this point someone will mention the Wii U, and the PS4 will just tilt its head back and laugh diabolically. Jokes aside, the Wii U is technically a next generation console, but when the average gamer thinks of new consoles they envision better graphics, new features, etc. So in the eyes of many – the Wii U isn’t a next generation console.
I digress; let’s get back to why the PS4 will reinvigorate the industry. First off, it will make Microsoft show their hand. The Next Xbox should’ve been announced at E3 2012, but Microsoft keeps prolonging the inevitable. They were in a rush to dump the original Xbox, but the same isn’t true for its successor.
Once Sony unleashes their next generation plans Microsoft won’t be far behind. They won’t wait until E3 2013 to reveal the Next Xbox. That would give Sony four months to hype the PS4. Microsoft has to make a move. They can ignore Nintendo, but not Sony.
Two new consoles from Sony and Microsoft will put the pressure on Nintendo. The Wii U was met with a lukewarm reception, and the PS4 and Next Xbox will make Nintendo’s job harder. Mario, Zelda, Bayonetta 2, and Smash Bros. aren’t enough. They don’t want to cut prices, but that’s their only option.
Some multimedia features also wouldn’t hurt. Seriously – the Wii U can’t play MP3s, movie files, and store pictures (welcome to 2004). Nintendo will start adding features to the Wii U, in an attempt to keep gamers’ attention. It won’t sell itself like the original; Nintendo will actually have to compete.
Let’s forget about competition for a second. Besides gamers, third parties will benefit most from the PS4 reveal. It will give them an opportunity to discuss their next generation projects in great detail. A few next generation titles were revealed at E3 2012, but expect more in the coming months. Gamers will be drunk on hype, and EA, Ubisoft, 2K, etc. will capitalize on the madness.
I don’t want anyone to think this is a “Pro PS4” article. I’m not in the business of picking sides. But the industry needs this early PS4 reveal – call it a catalyst. It will cause a snowball effect and push everyone in the right direction. The 7th console generation has gone on long enough. Someone had to make the first move.