Decades in a Digital World writes: Where once dreamers built amazing worlds and imagination poured down mountainsides like a torrent of white water, now tired old ideas rub shoulders with gimmicks.
This guy needs to get with the times. Both next-gen boxes are entertainment systems. Entertainment being included along with gaming has been around for decades, its nothing new. I also wouldn't say having the ability to video chat is a gimmick, its a natural progression. PCs have had that option for some time now. All in all the days of a console just doing gaming went out with the video game crash in the 80s. Sony brought entertainment along with them when they made the ps1, and it thrived, not failed. Ever since then game consoles have grown more into an all in one box.
The PS1 was surely just a gaming console and you're right it did thrive, possibly because with the focus solely on games the quality and innovation also thrived. What concerns me is that these days the games are merely another element of the full picture and there seems to be little imagination anymore as we're treated to run of the mill shooters and tweaked sports titles to play in-between chatting to mates or watching a film. Of course it's purely a personal point of view but I hope one day there might be more developers willing to take a risk. The times have changed no doubt but unfortunately the games seem to remain the same.
@ Baseallstar You seem to foget that the PSone also played CD's as well and some gamers were using it to play their music as well as playing games.
Both are next gen to me. Nexus 7 2013
Righty on the Great Cornholio... lots of TP on sale in Fresh Co here in Canada!!! I never played music Cd's in a console, because you always had to tell it to play it, whereas on a regular cd player, it just played when you put it in... with a regular remote...Both systems are awesome, both have what it needs to fulfill your desires... its all about choice... I look forward to having my X1 control all in my setup, also looking forward to having my PS4 beside, get great gaming anytime.... its so simple, who would have thought... coming here and see the bitching and whining and underwear sweating.... jeez....
These are next gen system. Look at games like Killzone, Ryse, and BF4; that can't be done on current consoles.
Gameplay wise they could be done on current gen consoles.
Current Gen Console's would not be able to handle these games at 1080p 60FPS.
@Zool 08 the article speaks about creativity and innovation. not graphics, 1080p and 60fps..
True but 1080p and 60FPS aren't gameplay mechanics.
It's the beginning of the generation. You never see the most innovative stuff right off the bat. And while they are graphical improvements, not upgrades to gameplay, the former can still affect the latter.
Lol BF4 is on current consoles what are u talking about!
Look at the difference between the 2 version.
Speaking for the ps4 i would say it is "next-gen" (which is stupid, it is current gen really..) even overlooking the increese in power. It is easy to develop for and has a much lower barrier of entry for new developers. It has a much improved controller. It has new downloading features and improved(so they say) downloading speeds. Also, i am quite sure it has more features that i can't remember right now. In addition to all the improvements, it is a world away from the ps3 in hardware.
its understandable that the companies want to pay it safe to start with. they want to sell consoles so they will make games that are already part of a series that will sell. in time we should hopefully see more titles push the limits of the machines and also have fresh and new ideas. the indies boom could really help here too.
Is this worth reading? Or is it just click bait? Edit: It was a good read, tho I disagree with the authors idea that originality has taken a dive into nowhere. Even back in the arcade days, developers would create games that look just like the ones before it. Innovative games are made all the time, but innovative doesn't traslate into fun. Just because it's a new way of playing doesn't mean it's the next big thing. Which is why we see rehashed ideas but with a twist. Innovative games are nice but are super risky for developers. If the arthor is looking for a innovative AAA game, I wish him good luck. I also recommend he check out the indie sections of PSN.
Excuse my misspellings and errors, I was unable to edit in time.
The start of the "next gen" is always a continuation of the current gen. There never is a huge leap. As time goes on we will continue to see improvements.
At first it seemed like next gen was a slight improvement in my opinion but after seeing the difference between NBA 2K on this gen and next gen... I'm starting to believe next gen is not the same as this gen and that games are still the focal point for ps4 and x1
I agree, now only if 2K could get the rights to make NFL and Fifa games.
We as gamers can only hope!!
So far PS4/Xbox One only provide the same gameplay PS3/Xbox 360 with just better graphics and better AI.
Not true. Even the games that seem the same. Have you seen KZ with it's destructable walls and anywhere zip line. Most of the people saying this stuff, don't have the experience to know better.
Forgot to mention bigger world scopes. Positive of you to say. Congrats!
What gen are we again ( including Spectrum/ Amiga etc)? I think I've heard that everytime. It is NEVER true.
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