Granted, these days, most of the focus is on the next generation of gaming. With the 2013 Gamescom
event about to fire up in earnest, the eyes are squarely on the future, on the horizon, of gaming. But gaming's last generation won't go out quietly, oh no...and every indication suggests that it's going to go out with a bang.
The Xbox One
and the PlayStation 4
are, not surprisingly, taking a lot of attention--even the Wii U to some extent--but there's quite a bit in the hopper over the next few weeks before the release of both new systems to keep interest.
Naturally, there are a variety of new games coming out. "Saints Row IV," "Grand Theft Auto V," "Diablo III," and even the complete HD version of "Castlevania: Mirror of Fate" just in time for Halloween. These are some very big releases, easily some of the biggest of the year. But it's not just a matter of the games that are coming out, but also a matter of the hardware coming out. Recently, Sony brought out a version of the PlayStation 3 that featured 12 gigabytes of flash storage capability. It's available at Best Buy and FutureShop, at last report, and is selling for $199, which represents, at last report, the cheapest PlayStation 3 released for retail. That of course leaves out the used versions of the device, but it's still a good value for those looking to get in.
This has actually happened before, and in pretty much every generation since the second generation emerged. There are still games coming out for old systems, as old development cycles wrap up and finished product is released. Sure, those releases taper off after a while--there's only so much left in the pipeline and no studio wants to be left out of a new console's action for any longer than is strictly necessary. Still, there's likely to be some very nice titles being released in the next few months, even when the original system comes out. So for those who have wanted to see how the other half lives--especially for those who stuck to one system or another throughout this round of the console wars--or just aren't too enthusiastic about buying a next-generation system until everyone's sure it won't red ring, yellow light, or anything else of death before you can really get into it.
Or at least until the first price drop.
At any rate, there's no need for concern, gamers; this gen or next, there looks like there's plenty of quality gaming on the way, and soon.