2013 looks to be a monumental year in gaming as the transition to the next generation should begin. There are significant events planned for 2013 in gaming including expected releases of systems and non-yearly releases of games. Here is my list of important events to look forward to in 2013.
1. Release of the Sony PlayStation 4/Orbis – It’s all but carved in stone for February 20th. Hopefully, to be officially announced on this date, next generation gaming will officially begin. Current rumors have it priced to be around $499, and to be released late in 2013. The recent leak of Killzone 4 being for PS4 and coming in late 2013 helps to seal the deal as well. Sony stated they would wait for Microsoft to announce theirs, however, Sony could wait no more. That, or they know they have something better than Microsoft.
2. Official Nextbox/Xbox 720 Announcement – Sony stated they would wait for Microsoft, but it seems they will jump the gun in just a few weeks. Microsoft, at that point, could announce their system a few weeks after, or counter what Sony is offering. Early reports seem as if they will do away with used games, be always online, and have a different set up for Xbox Live. Either way, online gaming will not be free, and could potentially be more. Also rumored is a 50 GB Blu-Ray capable disc drive.
3. Grand Theft Auto V Release – With all the issues with gun control, the Grand Theft Auto franchise has come under the most scrutiny. Expect the media to give this release a beating as it draws nearer. This could end up being the most hyped game of all time. One other issue is the potential of a dual release for current and next generation systems.
4. The Last of Us – Sony seems to always have an IP that comes out right when the next generation hits that most think should have been a launch title. Last time, it was God of War, and now it’s the Last of Us. All the videos look to make this one of the best survival horror games ever (especially the latest one that shows the actual zombies). This game could be the best game of this generation, and a true swan song. Then again, God of War 2 came out on PS2 as well, and it was quite a while before we saw GOW 3 on PS3.
5. The Evolution of the Wii U – The launch has come and gone and there are some solid titles for the system. However, once the official next generation comes to light, are there any third party developers that will want to take time and money to develop for old technology? Mark my word, the Wii U is current generation that took five years to finally come around, and now Nintendo is behind the 8 ball. In what way is 1080p gaming a next generation concept when it’s already being done? Either way, this means the first party titles will be in HD for the first time, but there are a limited amount of those titles. Nintendo better have something up their sleeve.
6. Steam Box Developments – Gabe Newell is a gaming revolutionary. He helped create a name to link to PC gaming with Steam. Now he’s trying to create a market to help expose all users to PC gaming for a cheap price. The small box that was announced a few months ago will be able to add upgrades to help support the ever-changing PC gaming universe. This box can once again revolutionize gaming. A potential console killing machine, reasoned by a potential cheaper price, more powerful stock hardware, and a much cheaper and broader array of games (not to mention mods for major titles).