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Who’s going to win the Next-gen?

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The next generation of consoles is nearly upon us. Sony’s already played its hand, giving us a glimpse of the future with its PlayStation 4. Microsoft may be set to up the ante when it shows us its next Xbox, possibly as early as next month – kicking off the next round of console wars. Who will “win?”

Speaking at SXSW this weekend, industry analyst Michael Pachter has put his money on Microsoft.

“Microsoft wins the next generation. The TV tuner and Skype are killer apps,” predicted Pachter, rubbing his crystal balls.

Neither of those features are confirmed for Microsoft’s nextbox, but it’s highly likely they’ll appear. That doesn’t mean that Pachter believes Sony will lose outright, though he does believes that the PlayStation’s still playing catch-up.

“Sony thrives in the next generation. Still playing catch-up, but Gaikai and content are huge advantages,” he said.

As for Nintendo? He doesn’t think Nintendo’s current dominance will be quite as pronounced – as its ailing Wii U already demonstrates.

“Nintendo software still king but console hardware sales will be challenged. Handheld hardware sales will lose share to smartphones and tablets.”

Personally? I don’t really care for a TV tuner or Skype in my consoles; call me weird, but when it comes to gaming consoles, I’m most concerned about, well, games.

Last Updated: March 11, 2013


  1. Admiral Chief Erwin

    March 11, 2013 at 09:11

    PC already winning.

    Jokes aside, I’m with you Geoff. I’m all for gaming. As long as they make very decent non-copy+pasty games at a reasonable price, I don’t really care who is leading the market.

    What I do care is if they port (porty-pasty) and do it horribly. Equal games for all, equal awesome quality games for all, cross platform,

    And while I am on this wishlist, I want a six figure salary every month and the moon to be made out of cheese. Different cheeses. And I want my car to run on air, and have kinetic barriers.


    • GTO

      March 11, 2013 at 09:13

      The pc has won every generation if we go by hardware sales which everyone seems to do.



    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      March 11, 2013 at 09:16

      Dude, absolutely agree. Also, my car mustn’t just run on air. It must run on fision that can turn my garbage in to clean energy. Oh and it must fly be able to go back to the future and I want a hoverboard like yesterday.

      On a serious note: Yeah, the horrible porting must stop. BUT, with the PS4 working on a PC architecture ported games will most likely get even less love in the future as there is even less compatibility to work through 🙁


    • Edwin le Roux

      March 11, 2013 at 10:43

      Viva! Viva! Admiral Chief Erwin for president! Viva


      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        March 11, 2013 at 10:48

        The trolls don’t agree, but thanks dude!


        • Sir Captain Rincethis

          March 13, 2013 at 16:22

          Don’t worry boet, the roaming trolls as so inept at everything they do they couldn’t pull their dicks from their pants without losing them. Noobs.


    • Mathias

      March 11, 2013 at 11:43

      PC will always win. I’m with you against the anonymous trolls that turn off their PS3s just to downvote people.

      And yes, they are mostly PS3 butthurts, because they just show up when someone “attacks” or implies that Sony’s console isn’t as good to downvote or when someone bashes Microsoft to upvote.


      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        March 11, 2013 at 11:58

        Agreed dude


  2. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    March 11, 2013 at 09:12

    Pachter needs to have his head read. If he believes a TV Tuner and skype are going to make the nextbox win then he has lost sight of what a console is meant for.

    The next-gen winner will be decided by developer support. No more. No less.


  3. Martin du preez

    March 11, 2013 at 09:19

    LoL Pachter. Why is this guy still relevant?


  4. Jonah Cash

    March 11, 2013 at 09:22

    As it stands now, PS4 launch impressed me with the fact that games was at the forefront!! Not gimmicks, not social….. Games, and that is what I will base my vote and money on: Which one of the PS4 and Nextbox will give me the best gaming experience!!


  5. Tbone187

    March 11, 2013 at 09:28

    Are people still interested in consoles?? Who? , Where?, Why??


    • Tarisma

      March 11, 2013 at 10:03

      Its a different thing, I have both a PC and PS3 and I find I use my PC more for competitive games and fps’s such as Farcry 3, GW2 and Dota. I play my PS3 for a generally more relaxed experience, I prefer platformers and rpg’s on my PS3. For online Co-op my PC wins hands down but for chilling and playing a split screen co-op my PS3 is always the first in line.

      See each of them have different strengths and weaknesses.


      • Tbone187

        March 11, 2013 at 10:06

        Ahh,, A sensible comment instead of those typical fanboy responses like Deon there…refreshing…


    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      March 13, 2013 at 15:24

      Yip. rather a few actually.


  6. Skyblue

    March 11, 2013 at 09:36

    It’ll eventually be the same as the current gen with Nintendo losing sales due to not having a new gimmick. I won’t be touching a new console until there are enough exclusive titles to warrant the purchase which, in all likelihood, means I’ll be getting a new console in 3 to 4 years time as I don’t intend on playing God of War 6, Gears of War 5, Uncharted 5 or Halo 5.

    These new consoles are focusing on “interactive” bullshit instead of doing what they should be doing, as in, show me some original games for your new systems that aren’t retreaded sequels! Originality in game titles is the biggest advantage to next gen consoles, not “who’s console can interactively suck another one’s dick” the best… I’m not so-much tired of having Origin,Steam and Battlenet telling me constantly what my friends are doing every second of their gaming lives but I never really gave a shit in the first place. If we want to play games together, guess what, we do without them bombarding us with useless info all day.


    • Shaquille Pitchford

      March 11, 2013 at 11:26

      But still nintendo has the best sales in systems sold to date. Nintendo will always be a seller no matter what.


      • Skyblue

        March 11, 2013 at 15:55

        No argument from me bud, I’m a big fan of Mario and Metroid from the NES days until present. Their timing on the Wii was perfect but everyone who bought one hardly ever used it after a few months due a serious lack of decent titles. It doesn’t help if you have a great console but 3rd party developers regard it as a casual gamer/kiddie console.

        Once again they have released a console with 6 year old tech (Wii U remote aside) and will again miss out on sales to hardcore gamer’s.


  7. Brady miaau

    March 11, 2013 at 09:37

    I would like to be the winner


    • Brady miaau

      March 11, 2013 at 11:27

      Ok, 10 downvotes. so far.

      I thought my point was clear enough. It does not matter to me who wins, in real terms, as long as we get better and better products and the major players keep pushing each other forward. We, at the end of at all, will (should?) get a better experience on the different consoles out there because of this competition. I just hope the major players remember the consumer in their drive to better each other’s products.

      So, I (and all console users) would still like to win at the end of the day.


      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        March 13, 2013 at 15:23

        Said like a boss. I did upvote you though.


  8. Verrayne

    March 11, 2013 at 09:45

    With my needs and the games that get released by them: Sony.


  9. AndriyP

    March 11, 2013 at 09:47



  10. James Brawn

    March 11, 2013 at 10:08

    If it has a TV tuner in there then you’ll have to have to show you TV license when you buy one.


    • Tarisma

      March 11, 2013 at 10:29

      good point, I wonder if the TV license inspectors are gonna bust little Jimmy for having a XBOX with no TV license.


      • Banana Jim

        March 11, 2013 at 10:37

        Whaaat? What did I do?


        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          March 11, 2013 at 11:03

          JIMMY, wb?


  11. umar bastra

    March 11, 2013 at 10:21

    Sony who? Micro What? NInten huh?
    It’s clear Ouya will be winning


  12. Mathias

    March 11, 2013 at 10:24

    I don’t know, but it will take 10 years or so to know the winner, so why the hell are we talking about this now?

    These predictions and speculation bore me. I don’t even know if I want to buy a next-gen console yet.

    If you own a decent PC, do yourself a favor and buy ArmA III. Please. I’m addicted and want others to get addicted.


  13. GTO

    March 11, 2013 at 10:49

    Oh look a shit storm of fanboyism about consoles how surprising.


  14. Edwin le Roux

    March 11, 2013 at 10:56

    lol. I just noticed. If you make a comment about PC being better than a console.
    You just get a bunch of down votes.


    • umar bastra

      March 11, 2013 at 11:00

      lol indeed, quite funny …. let’s test it …. PC IS THE BESTEST BEST AND CONSOLES SHOULD BOW DOWN BEFORE THE MASTER RACE


      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        March 11, 2013 at 11:57

        Nah, they went for nappy change


    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      March 11, 2013 at 11:06

      Its been a while when that happens. Its like the Blue Bulls supporters. Always have the biggest mouths 😛


    • Tateboetie Malaaitie

      March 11, 2013 at 15:01

      Well the truth isn’t popular but I keep tellin it like it is.


  15. Martin du preez

    March 11, 2013 at 13:50

    I’ll just leave this here:


  16. Sir Captain Rincethis

    March 13, 2013 at 15:25

    How did I miss out on this trollbating article! Oh, I think I was off sick, nice one Geoff, looking good for most number of comments 😉


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