E3 2017: We Do Not Need More Consoles

E3 2017: We Do Not Need More Consoles

Every year, E3 is the largest and greatest gaming event to date.  Each year we are shown amazing new feats of technology and software.  The latest, and greatest games are shown to the world for the first time. However for the first time in E3 history there is something that I do not believe we need to see, the next generation of gaming consoles.  

While each year new games are shown and new technology is shown at E3.  I believe we are at an impasse for console technology.  I believe that the lifespan for the Xbox 360 needs to be the new normal of console development instead of being the outlier.  

If we get into a cycle of releasing a new console every few years, each retailing for upwards of $500 it is my belief that we will see the death of console gaming sooner rather than later. For instance, why would you spend $500 in something that you will be replacing in a few years?  Why would you not just buy a high end computer, and keep upgrading it?   

With the release of both the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Scorpio; why should consumers need to worry about a Playstation 5 or Xbox Two.  Why release these expensive “updated” devices and show them off every E3 if they are going to be obsolete in only a few years.  Why would I upgrade my Xbox One or Playstation 4 to a Pro/Scorpio if I am going to drop another $600 in two years for another console.  The answer is I wouldn’t.  There either needs to be a new iteration of the same system every 4-6 years, or there needs to be completely different console every 8-10 years with backwards compatibility.  I do not believe the market or the consumers are going to be able to handle both.

E3 Play Station Pro

Backward compatibility is a huge factor in this as well.  It was in my opinion a massive oversight on both Sony and Microsoft’s part not to have backwards compatibility out of the gate, day 1, with the original discs.  If games are going to be obsolete in three years, will developers actually keep making them? Why put out a game if it is going to no longer be selling in two years.  I know this is the game industry and things like this happen. But when it gets to the 20 dollar bin at Target, developers are still making money off of it.  But the games won’t be if the newest system no longer sells it, and you can’t go out and buy the console it was created for anymore.  The next gen systems must have out of the box backwards compatibility.

Now I know I am not the only one who has a massive backlog of games.That I  will probably undoubtedly never finish. With many more about to be announced at E3 *cough* Kingdom Hearts *cough*.  But I would like to give it a shot before the next console comes out.  If I don’t get anywhere close, there is a chance that I am not going to make the jump to the next console right away.  Give it a few months or years.

David Bahle

Former competitive Halo Coach, and former Microsoft Fan Boy. He is also a self proclaimed Star Wars Guru. He can be reached either on twitter at @OhMyApollo or [email protected]