With the announcement of the PlayStation 4, it seems the next generation of games consoles is finally upon us. While some may claim the Wii U marked the beginning of this change, let's be real: the true next generation starts with the PlayStation 4, and its announcement has set in motion the coming of a new generation of gaming. However, it's unreasonable to assume you are only going to purchase just one console this generation and, while you may have PlayStation blood running in your veins, you may be interested in what the competition has planned and when it's due for arrival. With this in mind, the crew at PS4 Experts has complied a list of the next generation players (yes, even the Wii U) to let you know when they'll hit and how much they'll cost so you can start saving your pennies.
The Wii U
The Nintendo Wii U, released on November 18th, 2012 in the United States, heralded the beginning of the next generation for some gamers due to the fact it was the first new system released by one of the big three. While the Wii U features an upgrade of the Nintendo Wii, its specs pale in comparison to the PlayStation 4. However, the Wii U does feature two advantages over the other consoles this far: Nintendo's amazing first-party games and the Wii U GamePad.
The GamePad combines the features of a tablet and a traditional controller into one device by placing a giant touch screen in the middle of the controller. Not only can this touch screen be used for in-game functions, such as selecting items in your inventory or displaying an in-game map, you can also transfer a game from your television screen to the GamePad. This enables you to keep playing your Wii U game even when someone else wants to use the television!
With the Wii U, Nintendo's stable of franchises is available for the first time in glorious high-definition. While the console launched with a brand new Mario game in the form of Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo is planning on rolling out new entries in classic franchises such as Pikmin. Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. in the near future.
The Wii U is available in two different versions, $299 for the Basic and $349 for the Premium, at retailers everywhere.
The PlayStation 4
As you likely already know, the PlayStation 4 was officially announced on February 20th, 2013 at a special Sony conference. We won't go into the details in this article about what was unveiled; you can find all the information you want on our PS4 Experts PS4 Specs page, our PS4 Experts PS4 Online Features page and our PS4 Experts DualShock 4 page. In addition, the PlayStation 4 has over 20 announced games for it, with some of these games, such as Killzone: Shadow Fall and InFamous: Second Son, due to release at the console's launch. You can check out information on every announced PlayStation 4 game at our PS4 Experts PS4 Games page.
Currently, some of the only information we're missing about the PlayStation 4 is the price and release date. Rumors have pegged the system at $400 or lower with a Fall 2013 release date, most likely October or November 2013. If you want to stay up-to-date on the latest PlayStation 4 release date news, bookmark our PS4 Experts PS4 Release Date page and our PS4 Experts PS4 Price page and check back often!
The Next Xbox
The next Xbox, known in some circles as the 720 or Durango, is still a mystery at this point. Much like the PS4 before it was released, all that is known about the next Xbox is what we have gleaned from rumors and heresay. Here is just a bit of the information we've received from the rumors thus far:
- 8 GB of RAM
- AMD GPU
- Will not be backwards compatible
- The system may require an Internet connection at all times
- It will receive many of the same third party titles as the PS4, such as Assassin's Creed IV
- Kinect will be built-in to the system
It is expected that Microsoft will announce the console in May in a similar manner to Sony's conference this past February. Our sister site, Xbox Experts, will provide you with all the up-to-date news on this last entry in the next generation race.