Although the Wii and PlayStation 3 released roughly six years ago, Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, says it’s too early to talk about the end of the current generation of video game consoles. However, Nintendo will be launching the first next generation video game console, the Wii U, on November 18th, which is less than two weeks away.
“The life of consoles is also extended by services online, which continue to make a new offer cloud and new social functions. It is therefore too early to talk about the end of this generation of consoles.”
Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Computer Entertainment executive, believes that the Wii U is in its own generation. Yoshida always categorized the Wii as being in its own generation, separate from the other consoles on the market. He believes that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are part of the same generation because they are high definition consoles, while the Wii focused on motion controls.
Although the Wii is the least-powerful console of this generation, it was the first console of the current generation that focused mainly on motion controls. Because the Wii influenced Sony’s and Microsoft’s motion peripherals, was it part of a more advanced generation?
“I have always thought Wii was in a generation of its own. I always thought PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are in the same generation, but Wii was not the same.”
“To me, the industry was growing really fast when those three platforms came up because the focus is so different. The PS3 and the 360 were the closest in terms of high definition and networked services. But Wii carved out a large niche to itself. To me, it was like two generations going at the same time.”