Phasing out the Current Console Generation
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In the gaming world, the great shift of the ages has, inevitably, arrived.
Although the next generation consoles, namely the Xbox One and the PS4, have been with us for around a year already, it now seems that game developers are finally putting the older generation out to pasture.
The Polish developers behind Dead Island, Techland, recently announced that zombie survival horror, Dying Light, will not be released on the Xbox 360. Thus, another nail is hammered into the coffin of the 360/PS3 generation.
According to spokespersons for the company, the sheer power and technology required to run the game in a fluid and aesthetically pleasing manner is just not possible for the older generation machines.
This announcement follows on from Ubisoft’s decision of not releasing the latest chapter of Assassin’s Creed on the Xbox 360 or the PS3. The Canadian development firm informed consumers that the game “can’t be done” on the older platforms. Although a spin-off of the series, Assassin’s Creed – Rogue, will be released on both of these consoles, it leaves many fans unable to experience the next part of the story.
So, with the Christmas season approaching, the Xbox One or PS4 will be at the very top of many people’s Christmas lists this year.
It also looks like Microsoft and Sony are also starting to phase out the older generation of consoles, with the Christmas marketing push for sales of the 360 and PS3 virtually non-existent for the two. Notable is a lack of “official” bundles being released, with only a FIFA 15 bundle released over the past few months.
Price cuts are also influencing gamers this Christmas. The Xbox One has seen a significant price cut for the Christmas season, pricing it underneath the PS4 for the first time in many retailers. Both new generation consoles are now within £100 of the price of previous generation consoles. With major games developers and promising new titles now working exclusively on the current generation, 2015 may be the final year the 360 and PS3 are sold in shops, which will play a major part in even casual gamers’ decision to upgrade.
However, many of 2014’s biggest releases, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny, and Dark Souls 2 are still available on the older generation, and many of 2015’s biggest titles, including the new Metal Gear Solid and Mortal Kombat games, will still be available on the Xbox 360 and PS3.