With all the new attachments being released this Christmas and in the near future there has been virtually no chatter on the interwebs about what consoles will replace the current generation and when.
This generation of consoles seems to be enjoying a unique existence compared to it's predecessor. Currently there is no end in sight for the 360 and PS3 due to constant upgrading of firmware and evolution of peripherals.
For so long in the games industry, bigger, newer and faster has always been the holy grail.
But todays consoles have redefined gaming for the masses and in doing so may have made the tech giants change the way they view the market place (This of course is up for debate
Consoles today are not just games machines, nor are they are not just glorified movie players. The PS3 and The 360 have changed the way we play games, share information and interact with the world.
I think the industry is still in an "experimental" faze. Each new update they try a new application or upgrade an old feature to make their consoles more central to a households entertainment needs.
Some things have worked beyond expectations, (Ask me 2 years ago if someone would pay 400 MS points for a lightsaber an avatar could hold and I would have laughed at you
), while others (IMHO) have failed miserably (Come on, does anyone actually use the Playstation Home?
While I can only hazard a guess as to what the next gaming console will be capable of, I think we still have a few good years left with our current toys while SONY, Nintendo and Microsoft keep evolving their current products to see what exactly excites us enough to make us part with more cash.
Ask me 5 years ago if I would spend extra money on a game I already paid good just so I could extend the experience or have better armour / weapons and I would have giggled at you then too. Of course I could not do that now as I have just finished every DLC for Dragon Age and I am eagerly waiting for the next one. I even bought the premium DA A theme .... something I swore I would never do I am sure!
Also while there is a lot of excitement about the depth and outstanding graphics of the latest games, no one can deny the massively growing industry of casual gaming. These games are making big money without the need for the latest tech and massive production costs.
IGN.com have this interesting article
on 10 reasons we do not need a next next gen console.
So my fellow gamers, what are your thoughts on the future of console gaming?