Most pieces of technology—like smartphones, TVs, and even computers—are replaced by new models every six or twelve months. Game consoles, on the other hand, are meant to last for at least five years. Which means that every generation is a true milestone of UI, gaming, and industrial design. So what does the latest crop tell us about the state of the console?
The eighth generation of consoles, represented by the Wii U, Xbox One, and PS4, is a transitional one. We're sitting at the cusp of a revolution that's about to take place in the living room, one that will quell the constant accumulation of boxes (cable boxes, internet modems, streaming boxes, Wi-Fi boxes, VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray players, gaming consoles) and finally deliver the endgame: a true living room computer.