I was recently having a conversation with a friend of mine that enjoys gaming but does not really take an interest in what is happening in the field. His PS3 is on the way out and he was tempted to buy a brand new one. When I told him there was no point because we are edging into new console territory he couldn't believe it.
Thinking it was only him I told another one of my gaming friends that by Christmas next year we are likely to see a new Xbox, and possibly know about the PS4. He couldn't believe it either and said that it would be a couple more years, stating that the hardware would be difficult to be pushed further.
I know that this generation has prolonged further then others, but are the next gen consoles really that out of mind for the everyday consumer?
It worries me, that if consumers feel like their consoles at the moment for fill their needs and have no interest in looking to replacing them anytime soon, how new consoles will sell. We all know that the "Xbox720" will be the safest of the new releases, and maybe Sony will add a new "gimmick" like Bluray was for the PS3. The WiiU in my eyes, looks like a struggle to sell to the everyday consumer, who bought a Wii and now watches it collect dust in the corner.
Love to hear your views on this, and yes I know that this is a gamers forum, but think about your friends and family point of view.