The problem with seeing next generation graphics early
As a hardcore gamer, I am always waiting for the next moment that we’ll get to see the future of gaming, but what does it do to our views of this generation?
Remember the jump from SNES to N64? How about N64/PS1 to PS2/Gamecube/Xbox? PS2/Xbox/Gamecube to PS3/360/Wii…..? Every single time we got to see the graphics of the next generation of gaming, what did you think about your current generation? I bet 50% of you said that you didn’t care anymore and were more excited for the next generation.
It’s amazing how this kind of mentality works. Our jaws dropped when we saw Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4, and many others, but with the recent revealings of the Luminus Engine from Square-Enix, Crytek 3 & Unreal 4, we look back at those games and think, Metal Gear What? Final Fantasy Who? I’m talking graphically. It’s common sense that the next generation will always look better, but with how drastically it changes everyones views on the current generation, it really sucks for late game developers who are trying to wow gamers.
The other frequently occurring problem is that we always over hype the graphics. Remember the Gundam game that came out for PS3 at launch? Most considered that older PS2 graphics, yet everything was over hyped about the game’s graphics. Once we see a mind blowing game engine trailer showing off something we have never seen before, we automatically assume every game made with that engine will look like that in the next generation of gaming, when in reality, it doesn’t always work that way.
The things I pay most attention to in next generation tech demos, are the physics, lighting, shading, particle & special effects. I mean, look at the detail of the old man’s beard in the new Final Fantasy Tech Demo at the very beginning. You can see every piece of hair blowing realistically in the wind. The shading and lighting were truly breathtaking. The limb movements were much more natural looking compared to this generation (And that says a lot!).
What about the stunning movement of the water in Crytek’s CryEngine 3? Or, the truly awe inspiring fire and particle effects from the Unreal 4 Engine? Looking at all of those advancements in technology, does it change your opinion on what’s to come for this generation? Personally, I’m really excited for both generations. I’m still a firm believer that there is more to offer in this current generation than what people believe.
With Halo 4, Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed 3 & Watch Dogs, there are still some secrets left with our current generation of consoles that will end up surprising us more than what we think.