I decided to take some time to sit down and anticipate the top 5 gaming announcements we may look forward to in 2023.
Although I will be basing some of my predictions on inside knowledge, which I will mention to in the article, it should be noted that they are my personal forecasts and should be treated as rumour.
There is no specific sequence to the list of forecasts.
5 – ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROJECT KEYSTONE
Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer mentioned Project Keystone and made a partial announcement about it on The Verge’s Decoder Podcast. Keystone was “costlier than we [Microsoft] expected it to be,” according to Phil Spencer. Keystone was then put on hold for the time being.
Even though the corporation has shifted its attention to getting Xbox Cloud Gaming integrated into Samsung TVs and other devices, it is thought that Keystone is still in use.
I predict that a late 2023 announcement is probable, with the product being polished and made in line with Microsoft’s specifications for a holiday 2024 release. Spencer has previously stated that given the $299 price of the Xbox Series S, the Keystone price differential must be sufficiently large to provide buyers value.
I believe there is a market and a demand for a device like Keystone, and with Microsoft’s enormous library of Xbox Game Pass titles, the groundwork has already been done. Google’s Stadia is no longer an option.
Who knows, if the game has anything to do with cloud computing, Hideo Kojima’s Xbox game may be formally unveiled with Keystone.
4 – NEW PLAYSTATION 5 CONSOLE
This year, I’ve talked a lot about Sony’s new PlayStation 5 console because, well, I’ve seen all there is to see about it. images, business strategies, etc. I completely anticipate the next console to be announced in the first half of the year, with a September 2023 release date.
The system, which has a removable disc drive, is expected to save shipping and production costs and, it is believed, eventually replace the normal PlayStation 5 model entirely.
Sony expects to ship 30.5 million PlayStation 5 consoles in FY23, indicating that it expects manufacturing to increase dramatically in the upcoming fiscal year.
3 – MICROSOFT ACQUIRES ACTIVISION BLIZZARD (OR DOESN’T)
I’m not going to say whether I personally believe the transaction will happen or not, but by the middle of 2023, we need to know.
It’s a drawn-out and challenging process, and I believe we’ll be hearing about it virtually everyday in the news for the foreseeable future, but it will finally come to a conclusion. For years to come, there will probably be more talk about litigation, etc., but some sort of resolution would be appreciated.
2 – GRAND THEFT AUTO 6 ANNOUNCEMENT
I firmly think that 2023 will be the year of the reveal of this game, which is likely to be the largest gaming announcement ever (until the release of the next GTA).
After receiving backlash from the GTA community in the summer of 2021 for my claim, I still firmly think that GTA 6 will arrive in either 2024 or 2025. If you’re aware with how Rockstar Games and Take-Two have often handled their game announcements and releases in the past, a 2023 announcement would fit in well with these years.
If you weren’t aware, Rockstar Games released GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 two years after their announcements, thus a 2023 announcement would probably indicate a 2025 release.
Microsoft estimates that GTA 6 will be available in 2024, however previous leaks and release dates appear to indicate otherwise. Is a 2024 release announcement feasible? Sure. But, given Rockstar’s track record, it seems likely that the game will be delayed by another calendar year.
1 – SWITCH 2 ANNOUNCEMENT
This is perhaps my most “out there” prediction for 2023, but the Steam Deck indicates that the Nintendo Switch is soon becoming old, therefore I anticipate at least a Switch 2 announcement in that year.
It was recently reported that Nintendo was considering a mid-gen upgrade for the Switch but decided against it. This is most likely because Nintendo is preparing a generation upgrade, which would make a mid-gen upgrade unnecessary.
The Switch will be six years old in March 2023, which puts it well inside the traditional window for a new console generation update.
How do you feel about my list? Which points do you agree with or disagree with? Please share in the comments section.