The other day as I was showing someone my 3DS they asked me what I thought the “new big thing” in games was going to be, and I didn’t have an answer off the top of my head. Giving it some thought I started to think about what the big three companies were going to do now that the current console generation is well underway.
Who knows what PC will do, since while it isn’t really an outlier, it isn’t one particular company providing the games for it. PC is always off doing its own thing since it’s a few bigger companies innovation with general tech that PC games pick up.
So I came up with my thoughts on where the companies are going to go in the near future.
Now that they’ve fixed a lot of the issues people had with the console, like the proposed always-on DRM and forced Kinect with each system (and thus lower price), Microsoft will probably start to trickle in the media focus they started with when they announced the Xbox One at E3 in 2013.
They switched back to games and got rid of that idiot Don Mattrick, rebuilding some trust they lost during that event, so now they can start building up things like their Fantasy Sports offerings and whatever else everyone didn’t care about because it replaced the games that needed to support the system.
I don’t think this is a bad idea, as long as they keep their current focus on games at the same level instead of slipping away and trying to go for the all-in-one media box again.
Sony’s sitting pretty at the moment, and their huge lead out of the gate is going to keep them ahead for a little while longer. With the JRPG line-up looking strong in the coming year or two, it should stay popular with the Japanese crowd.
Their “next big thing” will be Project Morpheus, the Occulus Rift-like headset that they’re working on for PS4. It’s nearing completion and along with the Playstation Move they’ll probably try to make games that integrate both. I can see the Morpheus allowing for simultaneous gameplay between two players or even something like split-screen viewing, if someone wants to watch a movie without taking up the TV for instance. Sure it’ll look silly as hell but wheeeeee VR.
Maybe they’ll actually get the Vita some recognition, but we’ll see.
With the New 3DS and New 3DS XL recently announced, and the new Smash Bros. for 3DS having connectivity to its Wii U counterpart, Nintendo will probably be working toward more integration and connectivity between the 3DS lines and the Wii U. 3DS as an alternate controller, or some other functionality altogether that’s yet to be seen, who knows what Nintendo will come up with. They’re usually the curveball out of the three anyway.
I can also see Nintendo pushing their Amiibo line more depending on its success with the new Smash Bros. Amiibo being their figures that connect to the game similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity.
Although Nintendo released the Wii U before its rivals in the current console generation, I don’t see them announcing a new home console any time soon. They need to stick with the Wii U for a while and show everyone it’s something worth checking out like its younger brother.
So there we have it, and for once these drunken thoughts were actually drunken thoughts, since campfires are for drinking. And well, I was asked all this at a campfire. So you know, when in Rome and all that.