Let’s face it. The biggest news this gaming year won’t be the games. It’ll be what Microsoft, and Sony will reveal for the next generation. The Xbox 360, and PS3 are doing exceedingly well, but technology and gaming must move forward. As such the next generation is going to be a battle front unlike any other in gaming history. Not because of the success of the Xbox 360, and the PS3 doing decent. It’s the coming storm of our multimedia world built on mobile devices, cloud computing, and the expansion of the web. What we are expecting is to be blown away. Not because we want the publishers to, but rather they have no choice. If the consoles are to last for a long time, then the jump, and make of these consoles must truly be next generation. Except I’m jumping the gun. Why? Neither publisher plans to reveal anything next generation related.
It makes sense for both companies not to talk about next generation consoles at E3. I’m of the belief that they should do so at self created events, and in association with other events around gaming. Both the PS3, and Xbox 360 are doing well. Publisher’s are moving units, gamer’s have more games to play than hands, and to be quite honest. The consoles are really kicking ass in their prime. Here’s the skinny though; Microsoft’s press conference will take place on June 4 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. Sony’s press conference will follow at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST. The publishers are preparing to make impacting announcements on hardware and software, that they have coming down the line. Unfortunately they are staying mum on new-generation consoles at this year’s E3. Do we expect something will be talked about at E3 2012 regarding next generation consoles? Yes, and it may for the first time be developer lead. E3 2012 will take place June 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.