Are Next Gen Consoles Really Next Gen? The big Sony announcement of the PS4 left a lot of people smiling from ear to ear. I will admit it was very impressive; we got a glimpse at some of the games coming out on the system and some of the new streaming functionality. The PS4 will no doubt have amazing visuals when it comes out but is it really a next gen console? I mean it is obviously Sony’s next generation console but I don’t believe it is the next generation of gaming.

Don’t get me wrong drastically improved visuals are always a plus, but after watching that Killzone 4 footage I couldn't help but think this is the same game I have played a hundred times before. I want something fresh, a level of immersion in a game that I have never experienced before. I thought that what I was looking for was years off, the kind of thing you see in sci-fi movies where the guys are playing games in virtual reality while sitting on their space ship or something.

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OneAboveAll1882d ago

Plot Twist, Next XBox comes with Oculus Rift.

Mr_Bigglesworth1882d ago

That would no doubt one up the PS4, don't think they will though the tech is too far from ready.

Autodidactdystopia1881d ago

Yes they are next gen, what do you think next gen means?

PS4isKing_821882d ago

That would be very cool but also very expensive.
PS4 & 720 = next gen.
WiiU = it's own gen.

user39158001881d ago

No next gen its about actual creativity something wiiu dont have,something sony dont have and something we dont know if MS will provide.

As of now wiiu its a failure, did not bring anything new to the table and yea the pad been out for years. Sony brought nothing new except higher spec which to me its nothing more than better looking games. We will see what MS has to offer. but I have a feeling they will be the only one bringing innovation to this gen, In 1 word ILLUMIROOM.

AKR1881d ago

Wii U is a next generation console. It may not feature the same kind of powerhouse tech - but it's still an 8th generation console, nonetheless.

@nlvwithgms ~ The Wii U, a failure? No creativity? Hah! If the Wii U is a failure now, then the Vita is a failure too. They're both in their infancy drought phase - something that ALL consoles go through. In recent terms - the PS3 went through it, the 360 went through it. DS and Wii. And we all know about the early 3DS fiasco. But now look at all those consoles.

The 3DS is dancing in it's own waves of quality games, same for the 360 and PS3. Wii has nearly hit 100 million sales. Once the Wii U inevitabely gets quality software releases, sales will pick up. March is the first month of retail activity, so we'll see a small spike in sales for sure, for the U. So no, it's far from a failure. If it's still performing poorly a year from now, with barely any good software - then we can worry. But it's to early to judge the console ~ WAY to early.

As for it not being creative - Wow. The Gamepad is a table-hybrid. Tablets aren't anything new, but the technology has never been utilized the same way the Wii U is utilizing it. The entire second-screen aspect has never been used in a home console before, and so far - it has been incredibly innovative. Good grief, not creative? Give me a break.

KUV19771881d ago

I said that even before the PS4 conference. I am a SONY-buyer, just because the games there are more suited to my tastes. What I said before the SONY reveal was that the only thing that could make me not buy a PS4 is if they turned it into a Move-Device and the only thing that would make me buy a X-Box would be if they had an exclusive Oculus deal. In that case I would buy an X-Box without hesitation. Secretely of course, I was hoping SONY would bring the Oculus deal and I still kind of am for E3. That would be mindblowingly amazing. Interesting side-fact: The guy who founded Oculus sold his former company to SONY, so they may have some sort of connection.

Anyway, I think that the Oculus is not the next gen of gaming. The guy complains that Killzone is still Killzone but is amazed at Oculus in Half Life? That doesn't change the game but the way it is perceived. I believe that the PS4 is next gen (and X-box most certainly is too unless they do something really weired which I can't see happening) and I believe that Occulus will come to all gamers sooner or later as a secondary device that you can hook up to your PC, X-Box or PlayStation.

Veni Vidi Vici1881d ago

I think it's more likely that they come out with that projection thing that was reported back during CES.

It's nice but it's not the same as the Oculus.

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Fr0zeBud1882d ago

I think the PS4 and Xbox 720 is still next gen as it will deliver different options as their predecessors e.g. the Share button on PS4 being able to record and stream. The Oculus Rift looks very nice but you will still get time where you just want to relax in front of your TV playing something casual. Nice Read!

kal-el1882d ago

You know what, I have been looking forward to this level of gaming for the past 20 odd years. It does get me a little excited but also a little apprehensive. how many times have we seen Sony PlayStation or the media really blow something out of the water only to be truly disappointed when the product actually launched. I really would love this to be true but i'm not sold yet. Nice read though! As for other features like the share button, I think that is a great idea and something that has been long in the coming. but that alone to me doesn't make this the shift to next gen gaming.

Mr_Bigglesworth1882d ago

Very true the proof is in the pudding, a final hands on with the retail version will be the true test.I thought true VR would never come, lets hope I was wrong.

Mr_Bigglesworth1882d ago

I think the new console's will be great but if you put a high end PC in front of me with a Oculus Rfit and asked me to choose that or a PS4/720...I know what I would go for.

user39158001881d ago

yOUR DOG? pc? Boyfriend?

Probably the dog.

MontyQ1881d ago

well my pc specs from 2 years ago blows the ps4 away 10 fold so if you compare since both now use pc parts then no, but very nice console tho for exclusives

Neonridr1881d ago

well I don't know about blows away. I mean an 8 core PC using DDR5 RAM is still very impressive...

most PC's nowadays only have 4 cores, unless you are spending a premium on a pricey processor...

PCpower1881d ago

Neonridr, the 8 core CPU in the PS4 are WEAK cores. Core count means nothing if each core is weak. Just look at all the CPU benches that show Intel destroying AMD's X6 1100T processor which is 6 core with their 4 core processors. Even Intel's dual core processors destroy AMD's quad core processors. Also GDDR5 gives no benefit whatsoever to CPU's. It only benefits GPU's. An example is an i7-3820 which is 256 bit memory controller gets owned by an i7-3770K which only has a 128 bit memory controller. CPU's are optimized to perform the same, no matter if the memory bandwidth is low. GPU's are a different story. Since the GPU is on the same silicon as the CPU, then they must use GDDR5 so that the GPU will not be bottle-necked.

Do us favor as a consoler and stick with what you know. We PCers know way more about tech than your consolers do. That is why you guys buy consoles because you lack understanding of building a gaming machine and just want something that you pop a game disk in that just works.

EbeneezerGoode1881d ago

i'm all for the PS4 but it's NOT just about core count, it's about the processor's architecture.

On PC Intel pretty much blow AMD away still.

Am sure the CPU will be up to the task in the PS4 anyway.

Neonridr1881d ago

PCpower - so you know the clock speeds on each of the cores to know that they are weak? A little hasty to automatically assume that they are weak.

Look I am in no way saying anything fantastic about the PS4, all I am saying is this time around it's not like they are using tech from 4-5 years ago by the time the console comes out...

How about instead of automatically assuming I know nothing about PC's you can just offer a differing opinion and be done with it?

leogets1881d ago

also the parts aren't as you know it,they r tweaked for maximum performance. who knows what these tweaks can deliver compared to your vanilla set up

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