Submitted by Aclay 506d ago | article

What can we really expect from the next console generation?

Gamesradar- The Wii U's launch marks the transition out of the longest console generation in gaming's history. Yes, even if you think Nintendo is just playing HD catch-up, the Wii U is the beginning of the eighth generation of consoles--Wikipedia says so! Traditionally, the advancement in technology from one generation to the next led to enormous gains in visual quality, which, software aside, was often the marketing focus of any console. Advertisements would scream "look how great the pictures look on this thing!" and kids would point, jaws unhinged, and proclaim how "real" pixelated water was.

So we got to thinking: What can we really expect from games a few years down the road? Surely they'll look better--but will the increase be as dramatic as it had been in generations past? (Next-Gen, Wii U)

Akuma-  +   506d ago
game improvements all around with other console features. next gen consoles the xbox 720 and ps4 will be a lot more powerful than the xbox 360 and ps3. theyll be able to create more realistic environments, and improve upon gameplay elements with smarter npcs and all sorts which will lead to better immersion in games. physics, animations, sound, controller feed back, 3d, faster multitasking, graphics etc will be improved.
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tbirdman   506d ago | Spam
darkride66  +   506d ago
I agree that all that may be possible, but someone still has to make these games and make them with a set budget. The bottleneck isn't so much the hardware, it's the developers and the resources they have at their disposal. New hardware isn't going to address that and that has a direct impact on the quality of the games we'll see. I mean, all these things mentioned are available to PC users right now and have been for years, but how often do we see a developer playing to these strengths? Not very often.

Interestingly enough, what we are seeing is more developers willing to take on smaller projects for digital distribution, and really that's where I think we're seeing the evolution of gaming. With multimillion dollar games pushing system specs, you need those games to do well or else you're out of business and so you take fewer risks. I think if anything, we'll see more smaller, made for download type games next gen and those are the games that's where the innovation will happen.
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PtRoLLFacE  +   506d ago
just give us some sort of real time ray-tracing, maybe is too much to ask but is not bad having a dream once in while ;)
JonnyBigBoss  +   506d ago
It already started you idiot.
Highlife  +   505d ago
If you are talking about Nintendo then I think you mean to say that they just joined this gen. (I will be getting one for my kids and plan on playing it to but c'mon man)
Pillsbury1  +   506d ago
We can expect Sony to keep bringing great exclusives and value for our entertainment. Long live play.
StrongMan  +   506d ago
Exactly. Sony will be the only company to give core gamers core games. Both Nintendo and Microsoft have turned their backs on the core gamers.
JBSleek  +   505d ago
You can say that even though Halo 4 possibly the greatest fps of the generation just came out? That's bold. Yes Sony brings it but let's not act like MS hasn't either.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   506d ago
Hopefully better gameplay from all genres. I dont expect a huge graphic leap. And less shooters cause there was a TON of shooters this gen.
kalkano  +   505d ago
Those shooters are still selling like crazy. Why would they make less? I don't like it. It's just reality.

As far as genre selection, I expect the next gen to be very similar to this one.
-Gespenst-  +   506d ago
Speaking in aggregates, I'd say the next Playstation and Xbox will be 10x more powerful than the current consoles.

To put that in perspective, it's often said that the Ps3 and Xbox360 are 30x more powerful than their predecessors, again that's a sort of aggregate.
wishingW3L  +   506d ago
same thing as this gen but with many more gimmicks. Nintendo opened the Pandora's Box with he Wii.
taquito  +   506d ago
2008 level pc performance and graphics at best

meaning, todays games with 1080p, 30 frames, 4x aa
is the MOST we can hope for from ps4/nextbox
ambientFLIER  +   505d ago
Um, so you think the difference for...say, Halo 5, will be just 1080p versus 720p and 4x AA versus 2X...and that's it? LOL
Spookshow  +   505d ago
New gen will not see a significant graphics leap other than make every game 1080, 60 frames, etc ... I hope both Sony and Microsoft keep their innovation under control, I can live with the Wii U gamepad, but 360° games projection? wonderbook? come on!
ambientFLIER  +   505d ago
That will be up to the developers. I am willing to bet that some will still choose 720p/30fps to allocate the resources to even better graphics...unless the next gen consoles simply don't support that resolution.
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grifter024  +   505d ago
This is for the Xbox720, not a big problem with the tiles on ps3.

Since Msoft is pushing Windows 8 strongly how about next console cycle you give me the ability to customize my xbox home screen tiles.

It's bullsh*t that they give us a system update on the 360 to make the homscreen tiles like windows 7/8 and yet don't give us the option to remove/modify/pin tiles of our own choosing to the homescreen like on their phones.

Other than that...they better not implement internal storage, and actually use universal HDD's and not this weird HDD case that you need to open up and mod just to use a regular HDD.
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kma2k  +   505d ago
...a lot of empty promises :(
KontryBoy706  +   505d ago
the increase will NOT be as dramatic as people think. I bet you Sony and Microsoft are not just thinking power they are thinking profit. Why would they produce these beasts of machines that push crazy graphics? The prices would be too high. yes the games will look better than this gen but won't be a gap like it was from last gen. For all of the people thinking consoles are going to juice up PC type graphics or Avatar type graphics.... STOP.
WeskerChildReborned  +   505d ago
I want better game mechanics, physics and improved graphics, more 60fps than 30fps.
feraldrgn  +   505d ago
Less focus on photo realism,
more on creativity.... But who am I kidding, that won't happen.

Avoid making shooters/FPS, they are an extremely tired genre.

I hope true next gen brings back the adventure genre.
I enjoyed Okami more than I did Skyrim (though I got ridiculously bored of Skyrim & Reckoning).
Feldman9000  +   505d ago
next gen will incorporate graphics now, work on AA, and run at 60fps. will this happen? no.
PhantomT1412  +   505d ago
If you can run something at 60FPS, it means you can make it prettier by sacrificing 30 frames for it. It's all about design choice just like today: some (most) games run at 30 FPS because their dev care more about beauty than framerate.

Now what I mean is: even if you get a hardware that can run pretty graphics at 60 FPS, there will always be someone who'll develop something even more beautiful but would do that at 30 frames.
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Jaybronee  +   505d ago
I'd rather pay more and get a superior console....Hell I'd be happy to play BF3 with 64 players instead of 24. More RAM guys!!!
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ALLWRONG  +   505d ago
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