Ding Ding Ding!
Sony and Microsoft; arguably the two biggest names in home console gaming. For years they have faced each other in the console arena, battling for the coveted top spot in the market. Sony had the head-start, giving us the original PlayStation way back in 1994, followed by the PlayStation 2 in 2000 and the PlayStation 3 in 2006. Microsoft joined the game a bit later than Sony, bringing the original Xbox to market in 2001 and the Xbox 360 in 2005. As you’ll notice, Sony has brought out it’s releases of new consoles every 6 years; breaking that trend this time around however and stretching out the life of the PS3 to what will be a total of 7 years. Microsoft’s first console was comparatively short-lived, though in that time, it gained a sizable following. Back at that time, the battle was more of a Nintendo-Sony thing. Xbox was relatively small-fry. But then came the Xbox 360 and PS3, which brought the HD Revolution into our homes and things changed. Over the last 7 years, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has seen steady growth and taken the crown from Sony. Nintendo’s efforts are not to be disregarded completely I should point out. They have put up strong resistance over more recent years, especially with the massive success of the innovative (at the time) Wii. Also, along with Sega, they pretty much had the market to themselves back in the pre-PlayStation era. Their most recent efforts, to me, are less than impressive. Personally I just don’t ‘get’ the Wii U.. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m not their target market; however judging by their sales figures, I think they’ve lost their way and could soon be forgotten in the wake of the Sony/Microsoft head-to-head that is today’s market. Continue reading “Next-Gen Gaming – What should we expect?” »