BNR: Before you read any further, I'd like you to know that I think that both the PS4 and Xbox One are going to be good consoles- they'll both be region free, and neither will require a 24/7 connection to the Internet. They'll have stronger hardware than the current generation of consoles- and, to be honest, not much else.
What's coming with the new generation of consoles? More processing power, that's certain- more RAM, improved graphics, and, inevitably, neat new games that take advantage of this technology. That's the problem. I think it would be a slap in the face of the hard working developers to say that there's no innovation involved in the next-gen consoles- much thought and design went into making them and their components, but in themselves I don't think that the consoles themselves are particularly innovative. They're pretty much improved versions of the consoles from the last generation- what makes them so special?Sure, they've given developers some extra room to work with, and they'll inevitably take advantage of the hardware to pull off spectacular things- but most of those things will wind up being things that could've been accomplished on the last generation's hardware on a smaller scale. Evolutionary hardware growth encourages evolutionary software development. That, in turn, causes a sort of stagnation- innovation winds up getting slowed down.