Gearbox: Developers Are Happy With Current Consoles
It seems most gamers aren't interested in a new generation of consoles just yet, and most developers (save a few big-name publishers) agree.
Gearbox president Randy Pitchford says the current round of consoles are at the sweet spot, where it's all about "game making." In speaking to VideoGamer, Pitchford says designers are past that awkward stage where they were still coming to grips with new hardware. These days, things are moving along smoothly:
"I'm actually excited by the fact that we're at a point now with this generation where it's not a technical problem. We're in the craft of game-making now. We understand the hardware, and now we're focusing on gameplay, focusing on leveraging that hardware towards the purposes of entertainment, instead of wrestling with the technical issues of how to just exist on it. As a game-maker, that's the best possible place to be."
Pitchford adds that they're "starting to anticipate" the next step, which may involve "HD2" and new systems for the sake of that new resolution, but that's off in the future. In general, the gaming community seems plenty satisfied with the PS3 and Xbox 360, although it's plain the Wii has sort of run its course. But then again, most designers don't put the Wii in the same category of gaming, and for good reason.
For our part, we're good with the systems we have for at least a few more years.
5/13/2011 11:54:52 AM Ben Dutka