How Do You Perceive The Graphical Jump In Next-Gen Systems?
While the new video game consoles offer a slew of new features, and it goes without saying that gameplay supersedes graphics, the question is still legitimate.
Everyone analyzes the increase in graphics quality when new systems arrive. It's simply the nature of the industry. Therefore, considering what you've seen thus far for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, how would you evaluate the visual increase? Would you deem it significant without being overwhelming? Are you unimpressed? Do you regret not seeing more, especially when the accessibility of these systems may not translate to drastic graphical leaps in the future? Or are you plenty satisfied so far?
Perhaps it's easiest to compare the leaps in previous console generations. That can be tricky, though, because there are revolutionary jumps - such as the transition from 2D to 3D between the 16-bit systems and the N64/PlayStation era - and the then-mind-boggling advance from the Atari to the amazing NES. If we look at the PS2 to the PS3 and the Xbox to the Xbox 360, what do you see? Would you say that the impending leap from PS3 to PS4 and Xbox 360 to Xbox One is about the same in terms of technical distance? Are you more impressed with one generation?
Personally, I'm not seeing an overwhelming, drastic jump. It basically looks as if everything is cleaner, more refined, more polished. But I'm not really looking at footage of Killzone: Shadow Fall or Titanfall and going, "holy sh**, this is a new revolution for interactive visuals!" Are you?
9/1/2013 10:04:19 PM Ben Dutka