BitWraith wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 13:05:
I'll be curious to see how this generation pans out. The boxes are selling well, but I'm not sure how the casual crowd is going to react fully to the seemingly lackluster upgrades from last gen. South Park said it best when they said "The graphics are 10% better!"
I'm also curious to see how Steam Machines affect the landscape.
The graphics are 10% better... now.
People seem to forget how things work in the 3D era. It isn't like the jump from NES to SNES anymore. But go look at the 360 or PS3 launch titles and compare them to late Xbox or PS2 titles, then to current 360 or PS3 titles. They look much more like the earlier generation than like current titles.
In other words, what we're seeing now is significantly worse than what these consoles are capable of and will be doing.
The bigger issue will be gameplay changes.
NES -> SNES: More buttons, meaning more ways to interact
SNES -> N64/PS: 3D
N64/PS -> PS2/GC/Xbox: Standard dual stick, allowing for better interaction with 3D worlds, enough RAM to do larger 3D worlds like GTA3
PS2/GC/Xbox -> PS3/360: Standardized and utilized online, enough RAM to do larger 3D worlds
PS2/360 -> PS4/Xbone: ???
Not really sure what this generation will offer that last generation couldn't do. I don't know if anyone is sure. Previously, there were clear signs and clear things being pushed. Now, everything is done better, but better isn't new. The new stuff is more out-of-game, like streaming and recording, but that doesn't change games.