Microsoft is heading into uncharted territory with their title Quantum Break, which is going to be a new video game exclusive to the Xbox One, as well as a tie-in TV show with the same name. This is set for release early next year. They are also evolving fan-favourite titles such as Halo with the next iteration, Halo 5: Guardians, and Forza, with Forza Motorsport 6. These games will be released by the end of the year.
Sony is raising the bar for itself by moving games that were meant for the PlayStation 3 over to the PlayStation 4. The main example of this is The Last Guardian, an epic, story-driven tale. Sony, through Kickstarter, has also helped revive Shenmue, an open-world series that began in the 1990s and never had a proper continuation after Shenmue 2.
Some gamers are still hesitant to move over to the new consoles because they fear they will never play their favourite titles from the previous consoles. Gaming companies have found a solution to this, as they are now re-mastering their most popular titles for the newer consoles with high-definition graphics, improved gameplay and extra features. These are just a few examples of how the new generation of consoles are and will be the best places to play games, now and in the future.
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