It’s not often I dream about video games, nor the hardware they run on. But last night, in a rather surreal moment, I dreamt Microsoft had released its next generation Xbox, leaving the competition, and the gaming masses, stunned.
Here’s how it played out…
It just happened. There was a huge press conference with MS execs talking about the unveiling, and the capabilities of the new console. Its visuals left PS3 and whatever Nintendo was doing behind by miles. A new Homefront title was on display to showcase the new console’s prowess, and, I mean, the whole tech world was just flabbergasted by the move.
Then the dream went into “prophetic” mode. Microsoft’s new machine ended up winning the day, while Sony and Nintendo were left scrambling to catch up.
The console colors were white and blue. Had an x-like shape of some sorts and was of a glossy casing.
Developers rushed to bring big franchises to the new machine as it became ubiquitous all around the world. Then abruptly, the dream ended.
So I was thinking, what if my dream comes to pass? What will it mean for the gaming industry? It’s not that Sony and Nintendo ceased to exist, they just lost relevancy in the wake of Microsoft’s unexpected and successful move.
Indeed, we’re hearing talk now of a new Xbox in the works, as Redmond’s hiring a team to lead development. And just today Microsoft said “We’re always exploring ways to bring new games and entertainment experiences to our customers. That said, we have no further comment at this time.”
So obviously work on the new box has already begun or at least is in concept stages.
It’s not a dream I’d want to see come to pass.
Nintendo will soon release a new console, a predecessor to the Wii, but Sony’s focused on now on NGP – with PS4 placed on hold. Was it a mistake to put development of the console on the back burner and insert all attention into NGP’s development? I think it was. Put much focus on PSP2 but never leave your main bread winner behind. At least that’s what I would have done.
There’s also a point of being mindful of the competition’s next move, and with the Xbox 360 losing steam, and PS3 games outstripping exclusive 360 ones by far, it’s a no brainer that MS would be looking to the future.
Anyway it’s just a dream, but my dreams, sometimes, come to pass.