Are You Impressed By What You've Seen Of PS4 Tech Demos?
Everyone has been arguing about the PlayStation 4 specifications; i.e., what is the PS4 really capable of based on those statistics?
But what about the tech demos we've seen thus far? Activision, Epic Games, Quantic Dream and other studios have produced examples of what we might see in the new generation. Next to actual PS4 gameplay we've seen, these offer our most reliable peeks at the future of interactive entertainment. So have you been impressed by these presentations?
It's actually pretty hard for me to gauge. Thing is, I've reached a point where fancy graphics don't mean anywhere near as much as they used to. They will always play a significant role in this hobby; after all, this is a very visual form of entertainment and very often, superior visuals enhance the overall immersion. There's no denying this. But as I get older, I'm more interested in originality and great storytelling, none of which I can determine in tech demos. I can hope the more artistic and dramatic aspects of the industry progress in the next generation, but there's no way to be sure of that based on a graphics showcase.
On top of which, I'm not sure if I'm merely looking at the expected evolution of video game graphics, which by default isn't exactly mind-blowing. In other words, it's almost as if what I see is what I would've predicted; the tech demos made me go- "Yeah, that seems about right." Better visuals than what we have now, of course, but not to the level of virtual reality or something like that, and I didn't expect such a massive leap, anyway. I guess what I'm really asking is this: Are those tech demos in any way disappointing as they didn't live up to whatever lofty expectations you may have had...?
3/31/2013 10:06:03 PM Ben Dutka