According to Cowen & Company, the latest installments of Microsoft and Sony’s biggest franchises failed to impress. Selling less than a quarter and a third of their last games respectively, Gears of War Judgment and God of War: Ascension seem to highlight a low-ball commitment from the two platform holders to their current generation of consoles as new consoles loom over the holiday end of the calendar-something they must’ve learned from Nintendo.
I was asked recently if a friend of a friend should pick up an Xbox 360 and I said “yeah, so long as they’re not interested in new releases”, which, if they’ve waited this long to get a console, probably isn’t a priority. 2013 is the transitionary year in which we recollect on our time with the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 almost as if they were artifacts of the past. Despite launching a year apart, both have acquired an incredible backlog of games, both in disc-form and digitally. Gears of War debuted opposite the PlayStation 3’s release while God of War 3 was the series’ only other entry on the new platform.
We still don’t know much about the PlayStation 4 and we know far less about the next Xbox, but with their inevitable release this November, I have to wonder if BioShock Infinite be this generation’s last hurrah.