It's been nearly three years since the launch of the revolutionizing Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Can you believe it? These last two major gaming consoles had a lasting impact on the industry and will no doubt set the bar for all gaming consoles in the future. Despite the continued popularity of these consoles, however, gamers everywhere can't help but wonder: what's next for the gaming industry?
In this blog post you will be introduced to some highly anticipated new gaming consoles that will be introduced to gamers in the coming year or two along with some of their top features that sets them apart from what we've seen thus far in the industry!
• Nintendo NX: This upcoming gaming console has an announced release date of March 2017 and its features are a bit of mystery to gaming experts. Only few have claimed to even have seen the new console and its gameplay. What we are anticipating, from a game perspective, for the new console are newer versions of Super Mario Galaxy and Zelda. Take a look at the Nintendo NX teaser video above from Tech Radar for more of what to expect.
• Virtual Reality Gaming: This is where the industry really seems to be moving! In an earlier blog this year, we alluded to the development of Virtual Reality (VR) video gaming, but below we go into more detail as to what to expect from the newest systems.
PlayStation VR this new system produced by the Sony giants has an announced release date of October 2016. The device itself is simply the VR headset, in order to use this product you will need to own a couple of items in advance: you need a PS4, a PlayStation camera and controllers. The confirmed cost of the headset is going to be $399. If you are curious what this product might look like, take a look at the video to the left from IGN as they play the newest Paranormal Activity VR game (Warning: if you are scared easily this might not be for you!)
Oculus Rift This VR headset is developed by Oculus and was released on March 28, 2016. Unlike the PlayStation VR device, this product comes with the headset, camera, remote and an Xbox One controller! Also, included are two of the games for the Rift: EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale. With the added pieces and parts you get with your initial purchase, the Rift does come at a steeper price of $599.
HTC Vive The HTC Vive was also just recently released, on April 5, 2016. This product is fully PC-based, so no additional gaming systems, controllers, etc. are required to make this headset function-able (the controllers are included). The biggest challenge for the HTC Vive is the market of people who still own a home PC. This system allows you to access games that are available through Steam and is the most expensive of the VR products at $799.
Rumors have been running rampant since early 2015 on the release of the sequels to the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, but unfortunately as of this post there has been no recent developments or release dates announced. There was a 7-8 year gap in between the release of their predecessors, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; however the belief among industry experts is that the shelf life of gaming consoles is narrowing. All this goes to show, that new consoles for these two powerhouses will more than likely be launched well-prior to 2020. Stay tuned!
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