It has really been fascinating and very interesting observing and participating in the evolution of gaming. Especially over the past 3-4 years. Gaming is now right on the doorstep of becoming all consuming and explosive again. Because now there is so much competition emerging for our attention on all fronts. Even the title of this thread is already as obsolete as the Next Generation console threads. The most I am prepared to say is that Valve will be a big part of my "future" in video gaming. Whether its HL2 mod redux, above, HL3, VR, SOS or something else. I will support their efforts on PC just to help keep the pot stirred up. I agree with BD2003 about the Windows 10 assessment. Because it has made my decision on my core system moot.
It will be Win 10 PC driven and linked to XBL for new XB1 console games not available on PC right away...Xbox 360 for backwards compatibility to the full Xbox library & WMC linkups in different rooms via my central/core HTPC...and probably 1-3 different sets of VR Headgear (Oculus/Morpheus/Valve). Hopefully just one will do the trick. But I doubt it. I really don't see a need for XB1 and PS4. But I may grab a few dirt cheap Xbox 360s when they inevitably hit the $99-$119 price tag. And a couple of PS3's too...to access that huge library of games. Hopefully Morpheus will be enabled to support BC to PS3 games & Blu Ray movies on PS3.
That core setup will be pretty much everything I need or want in the future, except the Valve exclusive releases for SOS/Steambox. And Like stated above...I already have an extra, albeit aged Asus, DX 10 capable PC that I'll upgrade modestly (Mobo, GPU, CPU) to test drive the new Linux games (& probably Sony PS4 games). While I'll keep my main workhorse upgraded and maxed out on Windows/Xbox & Steam. A little redundant in places. But I'm okay with some overlap. I may even throw a WiiU in the mix somewhere, just to recapture the Nintendo classics & new releases in the system.
Bottom line is the new consoles were major disappointments and yawners for me. And MS' confessions with XB/Win10 integration sort of confesses that scenario. All of the excitement has been on the PC side IMO. With VR threatening to amp that segment up significantly for the next 5-10 years. Ultimately that VR/AR transition will amp up the console side too. But it will always come with an acceptable range of hardware limitations that gamers who prefer consoles are willing to accept. Not so with the PC crowd. Who will always want to hang out on the leading edges of every technology. I don't mean this as any kind of criticism of any format (including Mobile). Because gaming needs them all to be healthy.
So I'll end my brain dump by postulating this. The future of next generation gaming is Valve, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Apple, Samsung, FaceBook/Oculus Rift, Intel, NVidia, AMD, Game Developers who push new ideas to new frontiers...and a wide range of others that are too numerous to mention here.
Last edited by barrelbelly; 03-08-2015 at 05:37 PM.