In the way of gaming we've accepted as the norm, every 5 or 6 years, we usually see a new generation of consoles released with updated graphics, and usually new ways to play games that couldn't have been done before. However, it now seems publishers want to take a stance against that formula.
In an interview with IGN, THQ President and CEO Brian Farrell says that Kinect and Move for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 respectively, will extend the life cycle of the current generation consoles.
Frankly, the last thing I think the industry needs now is new hardware. You look at the games coming out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 now and they look stunning,
Better graphics? They're pretty darn good now. Better sound? No. Gameplay? Probably not. So I think the ways games are evolving now is really a direction we're going. Where it's going to be is in the play experience; richer stories, better characters, production values that are much more like movies.
I think that's the direction, rather than technology and graphics. I think those days are over.
Do you think it's too early for a new generation of consoles? Do you think that Brian Farrell's right about the Next Generation not being necessary?