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    Is this the last generation of home consoles?

    There has been a lot of talk about this being the last generation of home consoles (not talking about handhelds on this thread) and I wanted to see what you all thought. I was thinking about this and came to this conclusion. Every console generation (generation as defined by Wikipedia) usually has something revolutionary or mind blowing when each generation is released.

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    My views on what innovations each console generation brought to the market are below, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments:

    • First Generation: Created the entire industry!

    • Second Generation: Allowed the user to swap out different games on cartridges. First gen consoles could only play the games the console was built with. First to popularise the industry

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    • Fourth Generation: First to provide a true competition between console manufacturers (Atari dominated 2nd gen and Nintendo dominated 3rd gen). Different consoles were better for different types of games.

    • Fifth Generation: 3D graphics. Analog controls and force feedback. Transition from ROM cartridges to optical discs. (I'm including the Sega CD and other CD add-ons as the 5th gen, since they came out some time after the Genesis was first introduced)

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    I'm trying to think of anything revolutionary this current generation brings. Could it be second screens? [Wii U Gamepad, smartphone integration]. However, second screens are not used very frequently and the Dreamcast had it first with the VMUs. Maybe that's why people are saying that this generation of home consoles will be the last.
    What do you guys think? Personally, I have no plans to purchase an 8th gen console and I'm just gaming on my PC. And I've owned a home console for every generation from the 3rd to the 7th (NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, PS2, PS3). Thanks!

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