The next round of game-platform redesigns may still be four to five years out, but chip and software designers in the regions of wireless, microeletromechanical systems, displays, miniature cameras, sensors, actuators and storage have an opportunity to participate those multi-100-million shipments as platforms respond faster to user demands by focusing on interactivity, connectivity and data display.
Indeed, this might push gaming platforms from peripheral to the core home-entertainment system and replace the set-top box with broadband and cable/satellite capability, complemented by fully digital or optical video and audio inputs and outputs and PVR storage.
Since the most recent crop of game platforms began rolling out late a year ago, improvements and upgrades were already from the works. The Xbox 360 system Elite's big improvements over the Xbox 360 were a larger hard disk plus a HDMI connection.
Sony is also about to release a PS3 having an 80-Gbyte hard drive, up from 60 Gbytes--and will get rid of the 20-Gbyte option. The turn to on the net and also the power to download content is a huge huge driver of local storage.
Nintendo's Wii came with Wi-Fi capability out-of-the-box and even though the rest support Wi-Fi being a peripheral, SI expects them to get it from the box soon. Together with the runaway success of Wii's 6-axis controller technology, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) is anticipated to become an ever-increasing section of controller design, and for PDAs along with other handsets. For wireless, 802.11n is hot.
Features that'll be common over the following generation of video games include force feedback and rumble capability, motion sensing, vision feedback and high-definition using either Blu-ray or HD-DVD.
Also in the longer term, storage size or harddrive size raises from Gigabytes to Terabytes. After the debate on Blu Ray and HD-DVD settles down, video gaming will likely be released one of those mediums rather than the current DVD technology.
The grade of video game graphics will also improve weight loss powerful graphic processors and game engines appear and definately will allow 100% realism in gaming experience.