Posted by Chad Kilinski on Oct 20, 2011

Are Developers Forcing The Xbox 720 And PlayStation 4 To Market?

Game quality and the kind of hardware needed to run it is increasing exponentially each year.  When a game console is released, it is expected to be up to par for newly released games for over 5 years in most cases.  This can be a tough thing for console developers like Sony and Microsoft because they have to anticipate what kind of games and technology will be coming out 5 years after they create consoles like the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.  It seems, though, that the lifetime of the Xbox 360 and PS3 may be cut short by a little bit.

Several leading game companies including Ubisoft and 343 Studios are claiming that we have officially hit our peak on the current systems.  Naughty Dog also stated that the PS3 cannot possibly display the graphics that the Uncharted 3 engine could produce.  This is all disheartening news for owners of these systems, but it’s also lovely that we are advancing so fast with technology.

Newer technology like the PS Move and the Xbox Kinect are making the console switch for Sony and Microsoft very financially unfeasible.  Putting so much money and time into a technology just to switch right away is always a bad thing, so it’s hard to imagine game developers can encourage console developers to move very much faster on their scheduled releases.  Would the technology gap between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox 720 or the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 really be that significant if they were to be released soon?  The answers are unknown, but it seems like there is a slight imbalance in the gaming industry and we’ll just have to observe how the next months pan out.  Only time will tell.

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