Weekend Hot Topic, part 1: Next gen console predictions

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I think we need to be realistic with our expectations with just how powerful any new hardware will be, especially with the mid-gen upgrades we had with the Pro and the X. I have both machines – along with a Switch – and the first and most important thing I want is every game running at a smooth and constant 60fps.

Secondly, I think backward compatibility is a must. Some people don’t like it, always wanting the new, but Microsoft have shown that when done right it becomes far more than just a filler and gives access to games you may have missed first time around.

It really is difficult to tell how each of the companies is going to go but you do get the feeling that Microsoft is setting up the next Xbox to go all out by buying up studios like Obsidian.

Nintendo will do their own thing as usual but ironically are probably the easiest to predict, at least hardware-wise, with a Switch Pro or similar.

Sony are in a difficult position on how to continue the momentum from the PlayStation 4 to the 5 as I don’t think Microsoft will make the same mistakes again and Sony’s goodwill was tainted somewhat with the cross-play furore that certainly wasn’t ‘for the players’. I’m not having a go at Sony as some of my favourite games – God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn – in the last five years were Sony exclusives and I can’t wait to see where they go next.

The fantasist in me wants super powerful consoles that will beam me into a Matrix style world, kung fu, black leather, the lot but the realist in me sees a world of cheap cash-ins and microtransactions with EA at the forefront of dodgy business practices.

We might even see new players enter the market like Google, Apple, Amazon, or Facebook especially if streaming comes to pass.

When it boils right down to it all I want from the next gen is great games that are innovative, a pleasure to play and give me lasting memories after the next gen has been and gone.

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