Were my 2021 gaming predictions correct?

This special edition story about whether I was right or wrong, boiled down, in 5:13 minutes.

Last year, I made 5 predictions on what would happen to the gaming industry in 2021. With the year wrapping up in a few days, it’s time to revisit those predictions to determine whether my crystal ball is authentic or really just a plastic sphere.

5. Will CD Projekt Red be redeemed?

The situation

The 2020 release of the futuristic action-RPG Cyberpunk 2077 was supposed to revolutionize gaming.

My opinion from 2020

The studio will fix a majority of the bugs and make the necessary improvements to the game to make it run better, but nothing they will do will skyrocket the quality of the game to the heights that were touted pre-release.

Was I right?

Yes.

4. Will a Nintendo Switch Pro be released?

The situation

The original Nintendo Switch was released in 2017 to much acclaim, so much so that it is still largely sold out to this day.

My opinion from 2020

An upgraded Nintendo Switch model would be released in the 2021 holiday season instead of early 2021 as predicted by analysts at the time.

Was I right?

Yes (kind of).

3. Will game streaming services gain momentum or become a fad?

The situation

Game streaming / cloud gaming is like Netflix for video games — allowing gamers to stream games directly to a device remotely from a server.

My opinion from 2020

The cost of entry for the non-optimal experience you get in return prompted the belief that 2021 would remain a slow growth period for cloud gaming, but noted that Microsoft could prove me wrong.

What I right?

No, Microsoft proved me wrong.

2. Will inclusivity and diversity improve?

The situation

2020 was certainly a year where we saw a push for inclusion in the gaming industry.

My opinion from 2020

2021 would be a year that we see more diversity in development, given that it’s in everyone’s best interests to include as many people as we can in the gaming community.

What I right?

No, sadly.

1. How will the “console wars” pan out?

The situation

PlayStation and Xbox have always been referred to as rivals by gaming media, seemingly battling it out every console generation to garner the most sales.

My opinion from 2020

The PlayStation 5 will outpace sales of the new Xbox consoles handsomely this year.

What I right?

Yes (kind of).

Check out my predictions for 2022!

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