"Soon you'll buy consoles the way you upgrade phones."
No we won't. No, we won't. Look, we've been through this before. Sega thought incremental updates were justified twenty years ago, releasing the Sega CD, 32X, and Saturn within two years of each other, and it sunk them as a console manufacturer. Stopgap hardware is even less appealing when you consider the diminishing returns that have resulted from two decades of technological advancement. The difference in visual quality between current gen and last gen games can be measured in pixels, as illustrated by this comparison between the five versions of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
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Game companies can't even turn a profit on AAA releases like Street Fighter V. Now they're expecting to make money on exorbitantly priced hardware during a modest economic turnaround, with their target audience buried in college debt and fighting tooth and claw for work? Riiiight. And they say video game players are divorced from reality.
Special thanks to Twitter user Shake_Well for alerting me to this news. I mean, I'm not happy about it, but as they say, a friend is someone who warns you.
Let's end this on a more pleasant note. There's a Super Sale on Xbox Live right now... if you're still clinging to the Xbox 360 as I am, you can get dozens of its games at a drastic discount. If you're a Gold member, the prices are even better... you can get the Devil May Cry remake for a good four dollars less if you've subscribed to Microsoft's premium service.