Just when I start thinking that news about next-gen consoles will start dissipating, the headlines and rumors continue to pour out. This week there were so many interesting and pertinent stories, so just in case you missed any, here are the highlights.
First off, we got a punch of the reality that the current generation is still “in”. Yeah, we’re all talking about Xbox 360, Wii, and PS3, but Nintendo and Sony are indeed still basking in the glow of their current products. For example, I’m sure Sony was giddy when they realized that PS2 sales are still higher than those of Xbox 360 (via Digg). While that’s not exactly a big accomplishment in and of itself, it is impressive that nearly 6 years after the console launch, people are still buying new PS2’s at a pretty respectable price point. Additionally, Nintendo made waves with its DS Lite. I’m not sure whether the DS is officially included in the “next-gen” arena, but certainly it is still making Nintendo very happy. Of course, the DS Lite launched this week, and within just the first two days, over 136,000 units were sold (via Punch Jump).
Now let’s talk next-gen. First up, the Xbox 360’s been in the news with regard to backwards compatibility. One of Xbox’s poster boys, Peter Moore, gave a rare “apology” for a comment he made about no one being interested in backward compatibility. Later that day, 27 new Xbox games became playable on the 360 (via Joystiq and Joystiq).
Perhaps the biggest video game news this week was that Sony finally released some hard details about the PS3’s online service, although in my opinion they didn’t nearly hit the excitement meter as hard as Nintendo did when we got an onslaught of cool online Wii details last week.
So, we’re now just a few months away from the dawning of the official new era of gaming, so it’s no surprise that pre-orders are beginning to surface. Not for the systems, though; some places like EBGames are saying that they’re not accepting PS3 and Wii console pre-orders because official launch dates and/or prices are not confirmed, yet they’re taking pre-orders on games (can someone tell me one PS3 or Wii game that has an official price and release date?) Best Buy made the biggest blog stories with their massive list of PS3 and Wii pre-order titles, including some that are definitely not launch games (like Super Smash Bros. Brawl), and one that hasn’t even been announced (via Kotaku).
If this week taught us anything, it’s that we are now really entering the generation shift period. The very late adopters are just now entering the world of PS2, GBA, etc, while others are already pre-ordering their massive launch packages for Wii and PS3. Last-minute details are making their way through the grapevine nearly every day, and even the less-than-obsessive fanboys are really craving any detail that even has the word “next-gen” in it. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to enter the next generation.
Feature published by: Mark Raby
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