New Consoles, And Four Other Awesome Things Coming To Gaming This Year

We’ve spent a lot of time this week talking about old people hating on video games. So we thought we’d take a break and instead focus on what’s new and exciting about gaming this year. And there’s a lot to be excited about.

New Consoles. LOTS Of New Consoles.

The Ouya begins arriving for consumers this March. NVidia’s ambitious Project Shield is apparently arriving this year. The PlayStation 4 will be announced as soon as next month. The Xbox 720 is likely arriving at E3. And Steamboxes will begin to appear on shelves.

In short, if you like new hardware, or want to see the next generation of it, you’ll have your pick.

Plenty of Exciting New Games

If you’re sick of reboots and sequels, 2013, well, will have plenty of those. But it’ll also see the arrival of new IP like The Last Of Us, Watch Dogs, Tearaway, Bungie’s Destiny, and likely a host of new games and ideas arriving with the Xbox 720.

Lots of Franchises You Love Continuing, or Making a Comeback

Of course, if you prefer to spend your money on a proven property, we’ve got Tomb Raider, Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, BioShock Infinite, and likely others as the year rolls forward and we hit E3, the Tokyo Game Show, and others.

Cult Games Get A Chance At A Comeback

One theme we’ve been seeing this year is that games that maybe didn’t arrive on the right system or didn’t get a proper shot back in the day are returning. Deadly Premonition is getting a proper release, Resident Evil: Revelations is coming to consoles, JRPGs that never get released over here are arriving in surprisingly high numbers… if you like cult games, this will be a good year.

Indie Games Will Continue To Grow In Prominence

Sony is supporting indie games fairly heavily. Nintendo may be throwing open the doors to bedroom programmers permanently. In fact, the only hold-out right now is Microsoft, which has largely been discouraged by failed experiments. But, hey… there’s always PC.

What are you looking forward to in 2013? Tell us in the comments!