Over the years, I’ve owned a lot of consoles. At one point or another I’ve been the master of the NES, Atari, Sega Saturn, Sega Genesis, Sega Dreamcast, Sony Playstation (uno, dos, tres) the GBA, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 64, XBox, GameCube, XBox 360, PSP, the PC and Nintendo Wii. I like consoles, and the games that come with them. Each console represents a unique period of my life, in which I had a chance to become familiar with the system like a new friend, watching as they grew into their own.
The newest generation of consoles is starting to gather its steam, and so far things have been decent. However, as of late, more and more people are starting discussions about the next generation beyond the 360, the Wii and the PS3, speculating about development and wanting to know when the new systems will drop. My question is: is it time to be talking about this already? Have the big 3 earned an investment in a new console just yet?
In order to determine how these consoles rank so far in comparison to other consoles in generations past, we need to take a look at what each console had done by this point in its respective generation. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
For the purpose of brevity, we won’t be going back ALL the way into early console days, just far enough to look at our major players, when Sony entered the fray. We’ll examine the first 2 years of each console’s lifespan, starting from the launch date and going two years forward from that point, grading each system (for its first 2 years) along the way.
Maybe we’ll see if we’re ready for a new generation yet…