Is The PlayStation 3 Tapped Out?
There's no doubt in my mind that in the world of consoles, the best graphical productions can be found on the PlayStation 3. In all probability, this theory will be reinforced when Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception arrives on November 1.
Naughty Dog has done some amazing things with Sony's machine, haven't they? And they're hardly the only developer to do so. But after reading the comments made by Naughty Dog game director Justin Richmond, where he said we can only expect incremental graphical increases from here on out, I'm wondering about the future... Mind you, he doesn't say the PS3 is tapped out, nor does he say future games won't look better and better. Let's make that clear.
What he does say is that there was a ton of power left over after the first Uncharted, but that wasn't the case after completing Uncharted 2. We have no doubt that Naughty Dog will keep polishing and refining, and other designers will continue to excel on the PS3 platform, but... Well, it's that implication that the PS3 doesn't have any big jumps left. In other words, while we'll see advances, it seems like the overtly significant progression is definitely behind us.
Therefore, have developers discovered everything there is to discover? After this, is it just about getting better at what they already know? And if that's the case, should we be looking forward to a new piece of hardware? Personally, I'm good with the PS3 for a few more years, but that may not be the case when other gamers read Richmond's comments.
10/17/2011 9:02:46 PM Ben Dutka