Who’s going to win the Next-gen?

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The next generation of consoles is nearly upon us. Sony’s already played its hand, giving us a glimpse of the future with its PlayStation 4. Microsoft may be set to up the ante when it shows us its next Xbox, possibly as early as next month – kicking off the next round of console wars. Who will “win?”

Speaking at SXSW this weekend, industry analyst Michael Pachter has put his money on Microsoft.

“Microsoft wins the next generation. The TV tuner and Skype are killer apps,” predicted Pachter, rubbing his crystal balls.

Neither of those features are confirmed for Microsoft’s nextbox, but it’s highly likely they’ll appear. That doesn’t mean that Pachter believes Sony will lose outright, though he does believes that the PlayStation’s still playing catch-up.

“Sony thrives in the next generation. Still playing catch-up, but Gaikai and content are huge advantages,” he said.

As for Nintendo? He doesn’t think Nintendo’s current dominance will be quite as pronounced – as its ailing Wii U already demonstrates.

“Nintendo software still king but console hardware sales will be challenged. Handheld hardware sales will lose share to smartphones and tablets.”

Personally? I don’t really care for a TV tuner or Skype in my consoles; call me weird, but when it comes to gaming consoles, I’m most concerned about, well, games.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    PC already winning.

    Jokes aside, I’m with you Geoff. I’m all for gaming. As long as they make very decent non-copy+pasty games at a reasonable price, I don’t really care who is leading the market.

    What I do care is if they port (porty-pasty) and do it horribly. Equal games for all, equal awesome quality games for all, cross platform,

    And while I am on this wishlist, I want a six figure salary every month and the moon to be made out of cheese. Different cheeses. And I want my car to run on air, and have kinetic barriers.

    • GTO

      The pc has won every generation if we go by hardware sales which everyone seems to do.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_computer#Market_and_sales

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Dude, absolutely agree. Also, my car mustn’t just run on air. It must run on fision that can turn my garbage in to clean energy. Oh and it must fly be able to go back to the future and I want a hoverboard like yesterday.

      On a serious note: Yeah, the horrible porting must stop. BUT, with the PS4 working on a PC architecture ported games will most likely get even less love in the future as there is even less compatibility to work through :(

    • http://www.codescrawls.co.za/ Edwin le Roux

      Viva! Viva! Admiral Chief Erwin for president! Viva

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        The trolls don’t agree, but thanks dude!

        • Sir Captain Rincethis

          Don’t worry boet, the roaming trolls as so inept at everything they do they couldn’t pull their dicks from their pants without losing them. Noobs.

    • http://twitter.com/mathuthe Mathias

      PC will always win. I’m with you against the anonymous trolls that turn off their PS3s just to downvote people.

      And yes, they are mostly PS3 butthurts, because they just show up when someone “attacks” or implies that Sony’s console isn’t as good to downvote or when someone bashes Microsoft to upvote.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        Agreed dude

  • Deon Steyn

    The next-gen race is kind of like the Vodacom Cup, whilst PC is the only one playing Super Rugby.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Wahahaha VC and Super Rugby. What a perfect analogy. Have an upvote!

      • Deon Steyn

        Thanks it will make up for my downvote. love my PS3 and the PS+ service that they launched is still a huge must. But on a hardware scale the facts are facts.

      • Wtf101

        PC gamers are kinda like that annoying little kid you had at school. No matter what the conversation, he would always mention the size of his dick. He thought he was cool, but he was not. He was a dick.

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Not sure where you got from that to dicks, but to each his own hey.

          • Eric Viljoen

            Mine is bigger

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            LOL
            [escalate factor 9000 applied]
            Your mom’s is bigger :P

          • Tbone187

            Well, we can see what’s on his mind…

          • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            hahahahahaha

        • Red Worked

          Our dicks are not only bigger, but also more versitile. They can fulfill many different needs :)

          • Wtf101

            Can your dick check spelling?

        • Sir Captain Rincethis

          HAHAHAHA! Said like a sir :)

    • Skyblue

      Yeah, been playing “next gen” since Crysis 1 was released in 2007. That game already highlighted how far behind the pace consoles were, 6 years ago.

    • http://www.idontlikegamingiloveit.com Tateboetie Malaaitie

      Win, so much win.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Pachter needs to have his head read. If he believes a TV Tuner and skype are going to make the nextbox win then he has lost sight of what a console is meant for.

    The next-gen winner will be decided by developer support. No more. No less.

  • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

    LoL Pachter. Why is this guy still relevant?

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      jeez I can’t agree with you more

  • Jonah Cash

    As it stands now, PS4 launch impressed me with the fact that games was at the forefront!! Not gimmicks, not social….. Games, and that is what I will base my vote and money on: Which one of the PS4 and Nextbox will give me the best gaming experience!!

  • Tbone187

    Are people still interested in consoles?? Who? , Where?, Why??

    • Deon Steyn

      Having fun playing SimCity yet? Console gamers are playing Metal Gear Solid,Army of Two and God of War. Plus we may even get Diablo3 without DRM. That’s why.

      • Tbone187

        Yip,, Zombie City in fact,,, Bashing heads in while building a house to host those that still have faith in overpriced console games…

      • http://www.codescrawls.co.za/ Edwin le Roux

        Just imagine how awesome Diablo 3 would have been, if they didn’t cater for future console release.

        • Deon Steyn

          True! So very very true.

    • Tarisma

      Its a different thing, I have both a PC and PS3 and I find I use my PC more for competitive games and fps’s such as Farcry 3, GW2 and Dota. I play my PS3 for a generally more relaxed experience, I prefer platformers and rpg’s on my PS3. For online Co-op my PC wins hands down but for chilling and playing a split screen co-op my PS3 is always the first in line.

      See each of them have different strengths and weaknesses.

      • Tbone187

        Ahh,, A sensible comment instead of those typical fanboy responses like Deon there…refreshing…

        • Deon Steyn

          *fanboi

          • Tbone187

            I quite fancy down votes. It stand testament I’m not part of the brainwashed masses…

          • Deon Steyn

            True, the brainwashed masses at least has brains.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Yip. rather a few actually.

  • Skyblue

    It’ll eventually be the same as the current gen with Nintendo losing sales due to not having a new gimmick. I won’t be touching a new console until there are enough exclusive titles to warrant the purchase which, in all likelihood, means I’ll be getting a new console in 3 to 4 years time as I don’t intend on playing God of War 6, Gears of War 5, Uncharted 5 or Halo 5.

    These new consoles are focusing on “interactive” bullshit instead of doing what they should be doing, as in, show me some original games for your new systems that aren’t retreaded sequels! Originality in game titles is the biggest advantage to next gen consoles, not “who’s console can interactively suck another one’s dick” the best… I’m not so-much tired of having Origin,Steam and Battlenet telling me constantly what my friends are doing every second of their gaming lives but I never really gave a shit in the first place. If we want to play games together, guess what, we do without them bombarding us with useless info all day.

    • https://www.facebook.com/shaquille.pitchford Shaquille Pitchford

      But still nintendo has the best sales in systems sold to date. Nintendo will always be a seller no matter what.

      • Skyblue

        No argument from me bud, I’m a big fan of Mario and Metroid from the NES days until present. Their timing on the Wii was perfect but everyone who bought one hardly ever used it after a few months due a serious lack of decent titles. It doesn’t help if you have a great console but 3rd party developers regard it as a casual gamer/kiddie console.

        Once again they have released a console with 6 year old tech (Wii U remote aside) and will again miss out on sales to hardcore gamer’s.

  • Brady miaau

    I would like to be the winner

    • Brady miaau

      Ok, 10 downvotes. so far.

      I thought my point was clear enough. It does not matter to me who wins, in real terms, as long as we get better and better products and the major players keep pushing each other forward. We, at the end of at all, will (should?) get a better experience on the different consoles out there because of this competition. I just hope the major players remember the consumer in their drive to better each other’s products.

      So, I (and all console users) would still like to win at the end of the day.

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Said like a boss. I did upvote you though.

  • Verrayne

    With my needs and the games that get released by them: Sony.

  • AndriyP

    PC

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1238654153 James Brawn

    If it has a TV tuner in there then you’ll have to have to show you TV license when you buy one.

    • Tarisma

      good point, I wonder if the TV license inspectors are gonna bust little Jimmy for having a XBOX with no TV license.

      • Banana Jim

        Whaaat? What did I do?

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          JIMMY, wb?

  • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

    Sony who? Micro What? NInten huh?
    It’s clear Ouya will be winning

    • Deon Steyn

      It’s between Ouya and the Steam Box.

  • http://twitter.com/mathuthe Mathias

    I don’t know, but it will take 10 years or so to know the winner, so why the hell are we talking about this now?

    These predictions and speculation bore me. I don’t even know if I want to buy a next-gen console yet.

    If you own a decent PC, do yourself a favor and buy ArmA III. Please. I’m addicted and want others to get addicted.

  • GTO

    Oh look a shit storm of fanboyism about consoles how surprising.

  • http://www.codescrawls.co.za/ Edwin le Roux

    lol. I just noticed. If you make a comment about PC being better than a console.
    You just get a bunch of down votes.

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      lol indeed, quite funny …. let’s test it …. PC IS THE BESTEST BEST AND CONSOLES SHOULD BOW DOWN BEFORE THE MASTER RACE

      • Deon Steyn

        Derp I like consoles and I cant tell the difference between up or down.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        Nah, they went for nappy change

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Its been a while when that happens. Its like the Blue Bulls supporters. Always have the biggest mouths :P

      • Deon Steyn

        Everyone has big mouths, especially the Kings these days. I got up yesterday morning to watch the game. Totally worth it.

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          And if they lost? :P

          • Deon Steyn

            Drink all the whiskey and then back to bed hehe, awesome weekend for SA rugby in the end. Beating three New Zealand teams in one weekend.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Janee, Cheetahs played well, although I picked against them

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Just a pity my SuperBru scored were not closer, though did go up a few ranks. And I agree, the PC vs console argument is stale now, though if the states of the PS 4 are true, we won’t hear MOAR from the PC peeps for 6 months :)

    • http://www.idontlikegamingiloveit.com Tateboetie Malaaitie

      Well the truth isn’t popular but I keep tellin it like it is.

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  • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

    I’ll just leave this here:

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  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    How did I miss out on this trollbating article! Oh, I think I was off sick, nice one Geoff, looking good for most number of comments ;)

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