Executives from some of the industry's leading games creators have all agreed that next-generation gaming isn't about new technology or the blockbuster release.
For Sony, Electronic Arts, Lionhead and Areae, added value from community, user generated content, connectivity and metagames will define what we'll come to understand as a 'next-gen' title.
"It isn't graphics, it isn't the processor. It's really the connectivity and the metagames that cut across our entertainment spectrum," commented Raph Koster of Areae. "The new games in this generation are really Xbox Live achievements or Miis."
Sony's worldwide studios head Phil Harrison agreed, "It won't be characterised by graphics and processing power and storage media in this generation, it will be characterised by servers, community, using created content and all the things that the game developer doesn't do."