With a heavy heart and a PlayStation 3 currently gathering dust, I must bid last-gen farewell; there is nothing left for you here, only empty release schedules and dated hardware.
Our time during the last generation was a spectacular one. We had industry defining games, more bugs than is strictly necessary and moments we will never forget. But the truth is that the PS3 and Xbox 360 will be irrelevant soon, with next-gen, now current generation consoles, taking over faster than anyone expected.
No more games
At the end of every era of gaming we see the same old thing taking place, FIFA releases for the old consoles and an assortment of LEGO games release. With the PS3 and Xbox 360, it’s no different as the release schedule looks bleak.
|Battlefield Hardline||March 2015||PS3, Xbox 360|
|Dark Soul II: Scholar of the First Sin||April 2015||PS3, Xbox 360|
|RIDE||April 2015||PS3, Xbox 360|
|Resident Evil Revelations 2||April 2015||PS3, Xbox 360|
|Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition||April 2015||PS3, Xbox 360|
|Farming Simulator 15||May 2015||PS3, Xbox 360|
|Mortal Kombat X||June 2015||PS3, Xbox 360|
|Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain||September 2015||PS3, Xbox 360|
|LEGO Jurassic World||TBA||PS3, Xbox 360|
|LEGO Marvel’s Avengers||TBA||PS3, Xbox 360|
|FIFA 16||TBA||PS3, Xbox 360|
Yes, you just saw the release schedule for 2015. All we can hope for now is that a few more titles make their way onto this list, like the annual Call of Duty and a few more EA Sports titles – NHL and Madden anyone. If we’re lucky, we might even get a few PSN as well as Xbox Live Arcade games from those lovely indie developers too.
Hardware Phase Out
We’ve seen that Sony and Microsoft have taken their consoles out of the spotlight recently. Firmware updates and Dashboard updates have become fewer and fewer, with Sony’s most recent system update only altering the PSN logo as well as the usual bug fixing.
We know that Sony’s upcoming Project Morpheus will not support the PS3, so it’s pretty clear that the PS3 will not get any new additional hardware support. The same goes for Microsoft as Kinect failed to gain momentum in the first place.
If we look back at the PlayStation 2, it was officially discontinued in 2012, 12 years after its initial release. The PS3 was released in 2006, meaning that if history repeats itself it will be discontinued in 2 yeas time. Then again, the PlayStation 2 line-up was much stronger during its tenth year on the market than that of the PS3’s, so Sony might not officially discontinue the console, but that does not mean developers will still make games for it.
Take the original Xbox for example, released in 2001 and discontinued in 2007, just two years after the release of the Xbox 360. This is clear example of hardware that died out very quickly.
The current consoles all have one thing in common, rehashing the same content we played on the older consoles. Sure it is fun to experience the chilling story of Ellie and Joel again, but I think it’s enough. For those of you who fear that their PS3 experiences are going to waste, don’t; at the rate we are going, we will have most of last-gen titles on this generation.
Is it time to move on?
Personally, I think there has never been a better time to move on and buy a PS4 or Xbox One, or perhaps become a “master race” PC convert. Your PS3 and Xbox 360 will soon be redundant, what will you do then? Why not get on board now and save yourself months of backlogged games? The future is bright, whether you’re a PC gamer or a console gamer.
Before you know it, you’ll be that person who cannot pre-order a game because it’s not releasing on the dated console you own. You don’t want to be that person now do you?
I know the past few years have been great, but it’s time to move on. Are you still playing on an old generation console? Let us know in the comments and forum.Forum discussion