One thing gamers lose sight of: A new console on the market doesn't immediately make the previous machine obsolete.
On the other hand, one could argue that maybe this only counts for the PlayStation platform, as the Xbox was pretty much done the instant the 360 arrived. But maybe it'll be a little different this time around when the new consoles arrive. Hitman: Absolution game director Tore Blystad says console cycles never just end "abruptly."
It's kind of a wonky translation, but here's what he had to say in a recent interview :
"Certainly a console cycle will never end as abruptly as people would like. The PS2 has taken a very long life for themselves and I expect the same for this generation – especially for large franchises that resistant to consoles."
The discussion-worthy part of that seems obvious to me. Do people really want a cycle to end immediately? I'm not so sure they do…maybe a few of the super hardcore do, those who are so psyched for new hardware that the "old" stuff just disappears in their minds. But I'm fairly certain that most gamers aren't instantly ditching the PS3 when the PS4 comes out. …are they? Maybe I'm off on this one.