Do You Think The Seventh Generation Consoles Are Now Retro?

We are in the eighth generation of consoles that consists of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and the sadly now dead Wii U. This generation has got some more life in it before we go cruising into the next one but I want to talk about the previous generation of video game consoles.

The seventh generation of consoles started in November 2005 when Microsoft launched the Xbox 360. The following year saw the debut of Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii. All three consoles were very successful (especially the Nintendo Wii) and went on to feature fantastic games that would amaze millions of people.

Nintendo Wii
The Nintendo Wii sold extremely well and it got people of all ages into gaming.

I can’t be the only one that looks at seventh generation of consoles fondly. It had some absolutely brilliant video games that left a mark not just in that era but in the minds and hearts of gamers around the world. Video games like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Super Mario Galaxy, Halo 3, Gears of War, Assassin’s Creed 2, Dark Souls and Red Dead Redemption captivated gamers around the world. It saw the birth of many video game series that we know and love today such as, Dark Souls, Uncharted, Borderlands, Red Dead Redemption (some consider the PS2 game, Red Dead Revolver the first game in the series), Gears of War and Assassin’s Creed.

Even though seventh generation is over and has been for a few years now, it is still getting supported via console updates and some games still release on them, albeit not many though. The previous era of consoles is still fairly recent which is why when I overheard a conversation on a bus journey home, I was surprised by what I heard. I was staring out the window and from seats behind me, I overheard a conversation which was about video games and one of the people in the conversation said that “the Xbox 360 is retro now”. When I heard it I had to do a double take, did I just hear that correctly?

The Xbox 360 was the console I primarily played on. It has so many awesome games such as Halo 3, Gears of War and my favourite racing game (that isn’t a kart racer), Project Gotham Racing 4.

Now this got me thinking, do people consider the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii retro now? This is the basis of the question I want to ask you all, Do you consider the seventh generation of consoles to be retro now? I want to know what you think, are they retro or is it too soon to give them that label?

Personally, I think that the seventh generation is not retro but it won’t be long until it is.

PS3 (Early FAT model)
The PS3 has some fantastic games including the Uncharted series, the Resistance series, The Last of Us, the Ratchet and Clank series and much more.

You can answer this question in any way you like. You can write a post answering this question, make a video response (don’t forget to leave me a link to it in the comments below), you could leave a comment below or you could tweet me your response @ThatGreenDude95. It is entirely up to you.

I look forward to seeing what people think about this.

Have a great day ladies and gentlemen.


20 thoughts on “Do You Think The Seventh Generation Consoles Are Now Retro?

  1. I don’t think it is retro yet as it seems too recent for that. I realise at some point they will become retro, I’m not sure when they will but I imagine that it won’t be too long until then. Especially if people are already talking about that generation being retro.

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  2. Of course retro often means many different things to different people, but I think the point that I would start to accept a console as retro would be if it was the “one before last” to be released…

    … And this is where I don’t really hold with the “generation” model of things. Because I would now start to consider that the Wii could be retro, afterall we have the switch now, and before that the WiiU… But the PS3? nope because PS4 is still relevant, but of course the PS2 is quite happily in retroville now…

    … Am I making any sense?…

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    1. I get what you mean. It’s pretty much what I think.
      A friend of mine said he can see games from the early days of the 7th gen being called retro but not the consoles themselves.


      1. That might be a more sensible way of looking at it. I guess in PC gaming titles don’t get their retro status with the change is a generation so simply judging the game could make more sense…

        … Doesn’t really answer the question of what makes a retro game retro though 😛

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      2. Age is the most obvious factor when deciding on if a game is retro or not but what is the timeframe before we give a game the label of retro? 10 years? 15 years?


  3. Tough question! I guess I personally consider everything that’s not current to be retro… As Google told me, retro means “imitative of a style, fashion, or design from the recent past.” Definitions are interpreted differently by different people so I dunno… 🤔

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  4. I think it depends on perspective to a large degree. I think if I asked my 6 year old nephew he would definitely think they were retro, but myself, at nearly 30 years his senior would say that they aren’t retro yet – I only just finished the last game I had to play on my 360, and i’m still playing games for the first time that were orignally released on the Wii (although playing them on the Wii U). I think the thing that makes them ‘not retro’ for me as well is that (and I know others may disagree), loads of the games still look amazing. Things like Mario Galaxy, Twilight Princess, Final Fantasy XIII and even the previous generation’s Resident Evil 4 still impress me with the way they look. When I think Retro I think of games that look and feel really old. Hope this makes sense!

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    1. An interesting perspective. Younger generations may consider the 7th gen to be retro where as we don’t. I can relate to playing games on current gen still. I’m currently playing Ratchet and Clank Trilogy HD and Saints Row 2 (I must be on my 20th playthrough of SR2, maybe more).

      I think graphics for games do play a big part when people call some games and generations retro. As you said FF XIII and Mario Galaxy still look amazing. I played through Killzone 2 again a few months back and I have to say that graphically, it is on par with what we get now and that’s a early PS3 game.

      To me I think 6th gen (PS2, GameCube, Xbox, Dreamcast) and previous gens are retro. It will be a few more years before I think a large number of people call the 7th gen retro.

      Thank you for your response. 🙂

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