Gap Between PlayStation 3 And 360, Wii Continues To Widen
Currently available exclusives already make a strong case for the PlayStation 3's power; the Uncharted titles alone make it plain there is a definite gap in technological capability between Sony's machine and the Xbox 360 and Wii.
But while it seems plain that both Microsoft and Nintendo's machines are pretty well tapped out (looking down the road, I see no evidence to the contrary), the PS3 continues to impress with every passing year. In 2012 already, we've been seeing and hearing more about Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us, which not only looks downright amazing, but is likely something that absolutely cannot be done on the 360 (Naughty Dog was on record saying the Uncharted games couldn't really exist on Microsoft's console, either). They're also probably working on Uncharted 4, although some wonder if that'll be available for the PS4...
Then there's Quantic Dream and that ridiculous tech demo, which is basically a year old and still running in real-time on the PS3. The studio has also said they didn't really push Sony's console very hard with Heavy Rain. We're also looking forward to see what other first-party studios have in store; Guerrilla Games is apparently working on an all-new IP along with Killzone 4, and let's not forget about Polyphony Digital and the possibility of a new Gran Turismo at some point. I think the bottom line is that as this generation moves along, it becomes abundantly clear that while two of the consoles are basically done, one most certainly is not.
This is really good news for PS3 owners, too, because they can sort of feel a step ahead. New hardware is always an expensive proposition and if there's no backwards compatibility...well, it can feel like we're leaving too much behind to graduate to another level. But we may not see the PS4 for a while and you know...that's just fine by us. Obviously, the PS3 hasn't shown us its best work yet.
3/14/2012 9:04:16 PM Ben Dutka