A video gaming blog has written an interesting article giving 5 reasons as to why the "next-gen" concept is a myth and deceptive. Check it out at the link.
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This is the only generation that some people (Wii owners) suddenly think we've reached the apex of gaming. They need to play Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The've been playing mini party games since the N64.
There is always a next gen to the current generation. Ask Intel what they thought of the 8086 processor when they released it? Then what did they say when when the Pentium II and II came out? Then the Core Dou? The difference is that for a game console the most visible difference to consumers is what they can see, the graphics. The majority of gamers (common gamers) do not understand the techical specifications of a console and the components they are made from, which are fairly remarkable for all consoles this generation. However, HD gaming alone is next gen. And yes, when the next round of consoles comes out in 6-8 yeats, at that point they will be next gen. So this writer can talk in circles all he wants, but by proving the opposite of his own point is like painting a bullseye on you head and then shooting at it yourself. Suicide = Respawn 20 seconds.
To me, next gen is when there's a huge leap in technology, which usualy means there's also a huge leap overall for games as well.
So for consoles, each generation was basically from 8 bits cpu to 16 bits, then 64 bits, and finally multiple cores or cell technology.
On top of that, this gen is really the first gen that is bringing HD to our screen. (Sure the original xbox was capable of 720p and 1080i, but was obviously too early and not that great at it).
So with consoles displaying games in 720p and 1080p, with bigger world than ever, and with more smarter ennemies than before, I'm really wondering what the guy smoked before writing this is not next-gen.
If he cannot see a difference between 640X480 (a 300,000 pixels game) and 1920X1080 (today's 2,000,000 pixels game), he should not write any articles. Every gen saw a faster and better processor, but this gen is truly awesome because we just saw a LEAP in graphics, which, after all, is also what's gaming is about...
Very good read. I'm still waiting for a game that surpasses last gen in more areas then graphics. Gameplay wise, most games still feel the same as last gen. You still have your racing games, your FPS's, your rpgs etc. The only one I can think of would be Oblivion, and that's why I bought my 360 in the first place. If you don't get stuck looking at graphics, the game that is most next gen is actually last gen. Shadow of the Colossus.
This is as much article as anything. It's more news than all of those polls and blogs I see here regularly. Post your arguments in the comments section instead of acting like retards.
Personally I think the most 'Next Gen' console will always be the dreamcast, but it's just the Sega fanboy inside of me........
so many things "Dreamcast" did first...I loved that console.
So far Everything that's been Next-Gen has been Updated "GRAPHICS".
Nintendo Wii seems to be the Exception.(somehow it still sells, don't ask me why it's just different)
Graphics, graphics, graphics..., really, that's all I've seen, I'm still waiting for a great story and something new thats not all Eye-Candy. Well with new Hardware better graphics is expected, thats why I'm no Graphics whore...
If you look at most "Genres" and look at the same games from Last-Gen to todays "Next-Gen" consoles, what have you noticed, Graphics, Ok more Enemies on screen on some..Especially with games on their 3rd+ rendition.
I'm still waiting for that break-though game, that's not all Graphics. Which new game will be, somewhat equivalent to FFVII?
On another Note, I like articles like these, then FN BLOGs being Posted all over the damn place, with little or no disregard for N4G rules.
But the way I see people talk about it makes me wish I had.
Anything is next gen if it has more capabilities than it's past model. Better graphics, Better sound, Better gameplay is now possible but it's up to the game developers to unleash the potential that is in the consoles.
I mean look at the iPod, it's already in it's 5th generation.
Ive been playing pc games at Hi res for a long time
Even in terms of computers, there are generations. Just because a current machine may be able to play almost all games available, doen't mean there aren't generations. We've come a long way from punch card readers, the ENIAC, and vaccum tubes, DOS, Windows 3.1, 64mb ram, etc. The difference is that the computer industry is always evolving before our eyes and everything is seemless. For the consoles, we get new ones every 5-7 years and they must absolutely outdo their predecessor. This gen has HD gaming which is without a doubt next gen. The format war is also next gen. Standard motion sensing controllers is next gen. Downloadable demos, trailers, and fully integrated online accounts is next gen (yes I know xbox had it, but it is now a gigantic industry itself). So I trully feel there is a next gen.
@Below - - You say next gen has nothing to do with next gen? Are you serious? Everything has a next gen.
I think you are mixing up HD and graphics of the system. NO system had HD capability last generation. I'm not talking about the graphics of the systems. It's the ability to display is the highest resolution available to the majority of consumers. Your arguement is about graphics capability, not HD. Graphics are up to developers, HD has to do with components.
next gen has nothing to do with pc's, it refers to consoles and next gen is not just hd graphics
I actually agree for the most part w/ the article. The term "next-gen" is such a successful marketing buzzword that ppl are still using it to describe the current generation of consoles. And yet these same ppl are unable to agree on what exactly the term means. This is understandable because buzzwords, slogans, or other marketing phrases don't necessarily have to be well-defined or even make sense to be successful.
Well, for me the only real next-gen game so far has been Dead Rising, doing things that weren't mostly possible last gen. Oblivion was Morrowind HD with terrbile dialogue but still a good game. Gears was Resident Evil 4 meets Kill.Switch.
Gotta agree with Jenzo on Shadow Of The Colossus. That was a next-gen game for last gen.
Right now, I expect Bioshock, Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed to be the true next-gen games we've been waiting for.
-They're based on OPINION.
-It's NOT news.
-They fuel the flaming fanboys.
-It's getting OLD.
Errr.... please tell me how this would fuel fanboys when the article addresses ALL of the companies consoles?
Forgive me if I don't feel like explaining the obvious right this minute.
Well, this thread still has no "fanboy flaming" you were worried about. Besides saying that the lists suck because it's a matter of opinion is pretty stupid. We know that, but they have every right to post their opinion since you have the right to do the same.
I agree with Jenzo and Kewlkat007. I'd rather read articles about the industry like this then stupid articles like game graphic comparisons between two consoles and those extremely stupid rumor stories about a exclusive game going from console to another! Bubbles to both of you!
I also agree with Zhuk about the Dreamcast. Online gaming, that VDU controller thing among other revolutionary things it did. It's a shame it died. Bubble for you too!
"Next-Gen" IS a buzz word, i don't care what anyone says. Tell me something: When does "Next-Gen" become "Current-Gen"? We shouldn't be referring to the PS3,360 or Wii as next gen now, they're all out. The statement about Shadow of the Colossus that MK Reid said is true (not that you need another bubble, but here's one anyway :)). There is something about that game that feels really different. The atmosphere, the whole "It's just you and your horse against the world" feeling is incredible and the way the game plays as it isn't about "kill some enemies here, run to end of level, kill boss....rinse and repeat" mechanics. That to me is next gen as that could never be achieved to that extent on previous consoles.
I wish I could play more games that made me feel that way. I've been told I should play Indigo Prophecy/ Fahrenheit as I hear that evokes a great atmosphere too.
Oh, I also think GTA3 was DEFINITELY a "next-gen experience" as thats another game that would've been impossible on the 32bit consoles. The whole open world thing spawned loads of imitations.
Agree its Current gen, Next-gen will start when the next consoles are out.
"To me, next gen is when there's a huge leap in technology"
....what technology? everytime a new Console is out its already outdated because of some PC being more superior.
Next-gen is nothing but a word to make fanboys go crazy!
As long gameplay is fun(whether its on the gameboy or PS3) its ok to me, but a great story would be more then welcome =)
ps3 is nowhere near being outdated compared to any pc, the only pcs that can outdate ps3 is supercomputers that have tons of cells attatched used for sience studies, but far as any pc, none
"the only pcs that can outdate ps3 is supercomputers that have tons of cells attatched"
The PS3 is very powerful no doubt, but I couldn't help but laugh at that statement. Quad-core PC CPUs have already been released and ridiculously-fast graphics cards have been available for the PC for a while. The PS3 may be superior to the typical high-end consumer PC right now, but it's not lightyears ahead like you make it sound. IBM is soon releasing a line of Blade servers based on the Cell architecture which while very powerful, are far from being supercomputers.
Anyway, comparing x86 architecture to Cell architecture is like comparing apples to oranges.
i don't know where people got the idea that bad grammar was the new thing in 07, because every time i head someone talk about a game they say next gen like there's something else coming. The real definition of next gen is something new that wasn't previously possible or done the generation before, and if i had to pick something that defines that i would say it would be the wii.
That makes perfect sense. I've been waiting for someone to say it.
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