Grand Theft Auto IV Marks the End for Next-Gen Gaming

Look for cheaper games with broader appeal in future, predicts writer
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Jun 19, 2008 5:00 PM CDT
A poster for the game Grand Theft Auto IV is seen inside a GameStop store in Chicago Tuesday, April 29, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – Low sales of Grand Theft Auto IV herald the end of next-gen gaming’s heyday, writes Wagner James Au on GigaOm. The game is selling poorly compared to the previous version, and it hasn’t improved sales of the next-gen Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. “The days when so-called “next-gen” gaming reigned supreme are coming to end,” predicts Au.

"Expect to see games made for lower budgets, targeted at wider audiences (ones that aren’t fixated on high-end 3D graphics) and delivered over broadband with a micropayment program in place," he adds. "The industry’s future will be shaped by games like Rock Band."