Posted by drew10 on Jan 31, 2012
Console Cold Wars

Console Cold Wars

Following on from Sony categorically stating that there would be no PS4 reveal in 2012, Microsoft have come out to follow suit. Despite all the rumours and much pant twitching from fans we will apparently see no new Xbox this year.

Some bloke from Microsoft in France (Cedrick Delmax, Microsoft France Marketing Director) has come out and sort of denied that we will see the next Xbox this year at all. “Xbox 360’s cycle is not at all finished. The proof is that we don’t see the logic in cutting the price this year. E3 is still premature. What’s certain is that there’ll be nothing new in 2012,” he said. Whether he means nothing new will be out for sale or whether there will be nothing new in terms of information is till open to debate.

Should he mean that we will see nothing of the new machine at all this year it would certainly seem that Microsoft and Sony have their hands twitching over their holsters to see who reaches for their guns first. But this is a peculiar stance for the console manufacturers to take if you ask us. Both PS3 and Xbox 360 are showing their age, especially when compared to the latest PC hardware. Both have lost the ability to wow players as they did at the start of their cycle and the PS3’s legendary extra power over the 360 has never really materialised.

With Nintendo already a long way down the line to launching the terribly titled Wii U and with the other two watching on could we see a swathe of successful Wii U features hurriedly squeezed into the new machines?

Perhaps this is all a bluff and in fact either Sony or Microsoft will indeed unveil some new tit-bits about the next gen this year.

It could be that the technology still hasn’t advanced enough to get the wow factor required for people to shell out the best part 0f £500 again and that the longer they leave it the greater the impact will be.

Whatever the reasons behind the wringing of the current gen till it gasps its last breath the next gen is going to have to be considerably impressive when the bods finally pour warm water on this console cold war that is freezing all of our nuts off!


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