Dear Gaming Industry: You Know Next Gen is Here, Right? | Pixelvolt

It seems like developers have not been fully utilizing the potential that the current generation game consoles have been providing. This article takes a look at how game developers are not utilizing the new consoles and still developing the games for last-gen consoles.

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cyguration1552d ago

Inb4 excuses about devs needing time to understand the tech, even though the new consoles are just (lower) mid-ranged PCs.

thorstein1552d ago

That's all they are? Awesome. Truly. How do you know so much about the industry? The idea that a console does a few things for a dev that a PC can't:
1. Dev knows exactly the specs for every users' system.
2. Dev knows exactly the install base for those specs.
3. 160 million users of said install base.

Perhaps understanding the business end may help.

As for the article: "Dear Gaming Industry: You Know Next Gen is Here, Right? | Pixelvolt"

Dear Pixelvolt, you do know that there are 160 last gen systems out there. Higher install base=higher sales.

N7KIRK1552d ago

I have no clue where N4G commentators get their understanding of business. They talk about Microsoft and Sony like they're trading cards, and always with this sense of "I know better than the company I buy from". Most of these "kids" aren't shareholders, investors, or entrepreneurs of any sort. They're simply consumers.

There was an article not too long ago discussing Sony's plan to buy Nintendo's chip factory. The first comment under that article stated "I hope Sony uses this to help Nintendo or they could put them in the ground." or something of that sort. Really? Business is not trading card game. It's never as simple as "Helping Nintendo" out.

MestreRothN4G1551d ago

inb4 the hatred because the top games won't be released for PC... again


cyguration1551d ago

Wha? Titanfall is coming to PC.

MestreRothN4G1551d ago

"Cod with mechs = top game"


alejandroelputo1552d ago

defecation is what developers do to consoles

vikingland11552d ago

Did this author see what happens when last gen games are ported to current gen? Eg: TR Definative edition people called it a cash grab.

Personaly I would love to see some more ports. But I would say I'm in the minority.

NeoTribe1552d ago

Not sure wherw all the hate comes from for these ports. If naughty dog announced a defin version of last of us for ps4 with suped up graphics people would have the opposite reaction. Guess it depends on whats ported.

king_george1552d ago

The Last of Us port is probably (imo) the most wished for example. I know i would pick it up day one anyways

Kevlar0091552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

Seeing how the install base for PS3 and 360 exceed the PS4 and X1 by a factor larger than 20 it's no wonder they are still making games for last gen. Also the author assumes Devs will just instantly transistion from one gen to the next, as if they've been working with the PS4 and X1 tech since their conception. Unless you're a 1st party Dev you've most likely had Dev kits for about a year at most, many third parties are porting last gen into current gen titles since all they need to do is bump up the visuals.

It doesn't matter which console they sell a game for, whether it's for PS3 or PS4 they're going to be selling it for $60. And while I made it sound like porting was easy (tbh I have no idea), it still costs money. The only reason to make a game for a current gen console to go with a last gen console is to appease fans. Many companies don't want to spend extra money to make a few people happy (since most people probably won't care too much if there is only a last gen version).

I can understand wanting more games for the shiny new console you just bought, but from a Publisher standpoint making a current gen version is a costly service, not a necessity.

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