Next Generation Of Consoles Are Close

You guys should have already read about the Brian Hall, General Manager of Windows Live, referring to the "new Xbox" during his interview with The Verge. Soon after that though Microsoft came in and said that his statement was taken out of context and that Hall was actually referring to the Xbox 360 which is about to get an update that would bring a host of new consumer experiences like Xbox Music, Videos, SmartGlass etc.

But in a surprising turn of events the President of EA Labels, Frank Gibeau, mentioned during his keynote address at the opening ceremony of Gamescom that he has actually SEEN both the next-gen Xbox and Playstation. Goes to show that even though Sony and Microsoft might remain tight lipped about their upcoming consoles, other figures in the industry might not. Good for us!

During his keynote when he was speaking in regard to the future of the industry he said, "I've seen both of them". He continued to add, "Ten years ago we used to measure our market in terms of 200 million people. Now we are at a billion people playing games and we have a straight line view on 2 billion." He also concluded his keynote with, "Free-to-play will become the dominant pricing model by the end of the decade."

This marks the very first SOLID referral towards the next-gen consoles; one that cannot be taken back or covered up. Since this is pretty much what he said, it is still unclear whether Frank Gibeau saw the final products or just early prototypes. But it seems in either case, FREE TO PLAY is the way to go. This fact is also supported by analysts throughout who have already come to the conclusion that the only price gamers want to pay to play is FREE.

Regardless of what the future holds at least we got some solid proof of the consoles instead of more rumors. Also the fact that Frank Gibeau so openly stated the existence of these consoles brings to question whether Microsoft and Sony would also be doing some announcing of their own. One can surely be hopeful.

Our modded Xbox controllers are definitely our number 1 seller, but which console do you plan to get during the next generation and what kinds of mods do you hope to see? Let us know. Plan on getting both or just one of them?

Blog by Shahriar Azad