The gaming industry is officially one of the highest earners in the entertainment realm, with users lapping up everything from simple app games to fully fledged console titles.
The consoles currently on the market are still selling well too, with the likes of the PS3 and the Xbox 360 still going strong despite being unveiled more than five years ago.
The continuing success of these consoles is great for Sony and Microsoft, but not so great for gamers everywhere waiting for the next generation of gaming.
With the current consoles doing so well, the tech giants will see little point in unleashing the next instalments any time soon. Microsoft has even said we won’t see an Xbox 720 for at least a couple of years.
Nintendo Wii U
But there is one saving grace for those holding their breath for the next-gen consoles, in the form of the Wii U from Nintendo.
That’s we had thought, anyway. The Nintendo Wii U will be out later this year, probably just in time for Christmas, but whether it’ll be truly next generation is up for debate.
Developer Vigil Games, which is in the process of putting together Darksiders 2 for the Wii U, has spoilt the fun a little bit.
Our friends over at T3 have reported that Vigil Games’ game director Marvin Donald is claiming that the Wii U is no better than the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Nintendo Wii U not next-gen
“So far the hardware’s been on par with what we have with the current generation,” Donald told the tech website.
“Based on what I understand, the resolution, textures, polygon counts and all that stuff, we’re not going to being doing anything to up-rez the game, but we’ll take advantage of the controller for sure.”
The revelation means that games on the Wii U will look pretty much the same as on the current generation of consoles, which are five years old at least.
It’s a disappointing announcement, but let’s not get disheartened – the Wii U is set to get a full launch at E3 this year, where it should answer the questions hanging over its controller.