When Will The Current Gen Consoles Be Defined?

When Will The Current Gen Consoles Be Defined?

With the PS4 and Xbox One having spent a decent chunk of time on the market, I find myself asking a question. It’s the games that define a system, often the exclusives, and so far the new systems are debatable lacking in that department. The likes of Ryse, The Order 1886, InFamous and Sunset Overdirve have been decent, yet they’re hardly classics.

Keeping in the limits of the last few decades or so, the majority of system have exclusives considered as classics. The PS3 had Uncharted 2, the 360 had Halo 3, the Wii had Super Mario Galaxy 2. Going back even further, the PS2 had Final Fantasy X, the Xbox had Halo 2 and the Gamecube had Smash Bros Melee.


Of course each of the previously mentioned systems had far more than the games listed. My curiosity around the newer systems is around how long it will take for them to gain a classic. It’s still early days, but the exclusives that have came, and went, have all faltered in some shape or form. It’s not that  they’re bad games, it’s just that they haven’t earned the status of ‘killer app’ or system seller.

Both the PS4 and Xbox One feel like they are still searching for a identity. The search could be coming to a close, at least for the PS4. The exclusivity of Street Fighter 5 hinted towards the PS4′s direction. Neither system has a truly unique exclusive that defines the console. With the market still wide open, in terms of genres anyway, it’ll be interesting to see which system fosters what.

Trying to get grasp of peoples expectations is always tricky, but this generation is a different kettle of fish. The hyper polished games are no longer enough, it’s got to be the whole package. This is something I suspect developers agree with, which perhaps explains the amount of delays in late 2014.

2015 is, hopefully anyway, both the PS4 and Xbox One finally define themselves. This generation is lacking in direction, identity and character. Exclusives can change that.




Sean Halliday


  1. OrangeCrush
    March 4, 2015, 1:51 am

    I disagree in regards to Sunset Overdrive. It is without question a AAA title and its one of the most unique shooters I have ever played. It may not be at the status of a Halo or Uncharted, but its still an amazing AAA game, one that has no doubt helped sell more Xbox One’s. And since roughly the two week point in August of last year, there has been a nice steam of quality 3rd party titles with games like Shadow of Mordor, Alien Isolation, Evil Within, Plus you have had some amazing remakes/remasters with the likes of Gta V, Master Chief Collection,

    Not to mention, were only 15 months in thus far and 2015 looks to have a lot of great titles including games like Quantum Break, Rise of the tomb Raider, Scalebound, Bloodborne, etc.

    • Sean Halliday
      March 5, 2015, 2:45 am

      I enjoyed Sunset Overdrive, but only in short blasts. I’ll give them kudos for trying something new and ‘out there’ rather than yet another gritty cinematic experience.

  2. Truth
    March 4, 2015, 6:23 pm

    Probably never. Especially on the Sony side it’s all been lies and overhype thus far. Truly a failing dying company and their last spasms.

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