For the Wii, this console generation is basically over. Of course, that means that gamers everywhere are thinking about the next generation, not only for Nintendo, but for Sony and Microsoft as well. Rumors are swirling around everywhere and gamers are crawling the web looking for clues about what the next iteration of their favorite console is going to look like. However, much of this excitement is premature; you shouldn't get yourself all worked up on speculation and theory. Not yet, anyway. Here are five reasons why not.
The PS3 and Xbox 360 Still Have Life in Them
Though I'm all for new hardware, we can't be too quick to disregard what we already have. Through the Kinect and Move peripherals, both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have found new life, and should both be relevant for at least a few years more. And even though the tech inside the consoles isn't exactly new and fresh anymore, they both still play games that look great and have features that hardly feel outdated.
The Wii is a Special Case
While I never bought into the idea that the Wii was just "two GameCubes duct taped together," the console lost the horsepower race right out of the gate. And once the novelty of the motion controls wore off, Nintendo found itself in a precarious position. They needed to refresh the Wii brand and give gamers an experience that included high-definition visuals and controls that didn't revolve around limb-flailing. Honestly, the Wii U is the console to finally compete with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 (in terms of power, anyway), and there's no real reason for the other two consoles to release anything just yet to combat it.
Everyone is Sworn to Secrecy
We know that plans are underway for whatever the next generation of game consoles will look like. We've had confirmation of this for years. But no one who actually knows anything wants to talk about it, and with good reason. Consoles go through plenty of different phases as they are developed, and things like design, features, chipset, and even name are swapped out as new ideas and technology are passed down the pipeline. What the PlayStation 4 is in its current development state is most likely completely different from what it was a year ago. And that's okay, because the end result is going to be something amazing.
Speculation Just Leads to Disappointment Anyway
One of the biggest problems with the hype machine is that everyone expects something different. And when you've got an incredible amount of emotion and energy going into a single product launch, there is no way you can please everyone. We've already seen this with the announcement of the Wii U. Many gamers expected a return to a traditional controller from Nintendo, and the word on the street was that there would be support for Blu-Ray playback, a full online suite, and more. However, none of these things came to pass, which disappointed those who thought they already knew what the Wii U was going to be (or Project Café, as it was called in those days). It's best not to get yourself all worked up for game consoles when there's nothing concrete to base your excitement on.
Enjoy Your Consoles While You Got 'Em
There's a reason why retro is so cool: nostalgia. As soon as a console generation passes into oblivion, it is looked at as the best thing ever. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to play a PS2 game or an N64 game now that I no longer own those consoles. Instead of looking at what you have and thinking about how much better the next generation is going to be, sit back and enjoy the AAA entertainment you've got right now. This year has seen some incredible releases, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3, and, of course, Gears of War 3. All of these games are incredible, and show that there is still tons of life in this current console generation. So kick back, pick up your controller, and stop worrying about what's coming next. Just enjoy what you've got already.
Hype and excitement aren't all bad, but there is definitely a time and a place for them. And right now, it is just too early for any real feelings about the next generation. Sure, when the PS4 and Xbox-whatever are announced, then it will be safe to put on your party hat and get excited. Until then, let's just be happy with what we have and enjoy all the quality games that come out in the meantime.
By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*