The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have sold twice as many units through the first five months than their predecessors, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, according to NPD data. Gamers were hungry for the new hardware, and now many of them are hungry for games to showcase the power of these platforms.
A dry spell of available software after a console launch is expected. The waiting period to new experiences is not extraordinarily unusual, but I know I have heard repeatedly from gamers that they feel their shiny new devices are sitting underutilized outside of the few titles that have made it to market. That lack of software for the new hardware platforms is highlighted by the release of highly anticipated titles like South Park: The Stick of Truth and Dark Souls II on the previous generation, forcing gamers to go backward rather than forward to play these titles (at least for the time being).
Even the biggest console enthusiast never would have guessed the quick road to success these new consoles have found on a global scale. Many within the industry felt the proliferation of mobile and social games had lessened the desire for console experiences, but these first five months prove otherwise.
Thankfully with the digital marketplace, these new consoles have a number of experiences available to fill in the gaps between big “triple A” releases, and this fall we have a wide selection of new generation games to play, including Evolve, Batman: Arkham Knight, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. These are just the games we know about before we head into one of the most important software events of this generation. This first E3 after the launch of the new hardware is where we should finally get a solid roadmap of the future.
The software giants will roll out several predictable sequels, but there will be a few surprises as well. So while your investment in new hardware may not have paid off yet, we should soon be swimming in options both big and small.