Crytek: Current Consoles "Already At Their Technical Peak"
A lot has been made about the potential of current-gen systems and although many developers claim that maxing the PlayStation 3 will take some time, Crytek says both consoles are already at their technical peak.
In speaking to GamesTM as part of a roundtable discussion (as cited by NowGamer), Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli believes there isn't much more designers can do with either the PS3 or the Xbox 360. In fact, he says they're already "pushing the boundaries" and that if gamers want the next level, they'll have to wait until the next generation of machines. Said Yerli:
"I think that there is not much more possible on the 360 and PS3 at this stage. We’re already using a lot of squeezing tricks and smoke and mirrors to get the maximum we can out of the hardware. We’re pushing the boundaries already. With CryEngine 3 I think going forward we’re going to require a new generation of console hardware."
He goes on to say that with the next "convergence of GPUs and CPUs," we'll get "greater-looking worlds" and "better-simulated worlds." Yerli calls for a "better simulation of intelligent foot-stepping, anti foot-sliding," etc., and essentially believes we won't see any more significant leaps in console games until Sony and Microsoft release new systems.
For our part, until we stop seeing the PS3 progress in terms of graphical presentations - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves last year, God of War III, Heavy Rain and Gran Turismo 5 this year - we won't say anything about the console being "tapped out." Even on the 360 side, games like Gears of War 3 could prove there's a little left in the tank. But hey, we're already almost five years into this generation, so Yerli might have a point...
9/1/2010 11:23:28 AM Ben Dutka