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I just found out e3 is next week. There have been heavy rumors about next generation consoles in development. It's kind of hard for me to imagine what the games could look like. Since the graphics keep getting better in the currently existing consoles. The biggest limitation appears to be labor, budget and time as far as I know.
PS4 and XBox3 are in development, but won't be at this year's E3. But if you want to know what they will look like, just look at high end PCs right now (this is the best we can hope for). Console manufacturing can't afford to keep up with PCs anymore.
Personally I think console games already look incredible, so any improvements next gen are just icing on the cake for me. That's why I'm most excited for Wii U, at least as far as E3 goes. It's only expected to be slightly more powerful than PS3, but that's good enough for me and I can't wait to see which franchises Nintendo brings to HD. Also really want to know what Retro is working on... can only imagine what a Metroid Prime game with Uncharted 3 level visuals would be like!
Oh, and Sony is in the process of acquiring a cloud service, which they are expected to announce. So that could be big, though I have my doubts about streaming games.
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I'm really curious about the WiiU. There are so many different rumors about the specs that it's hard to know what to believe. Personally I do really hope Nintendo puts out quite a powerful console. Mostly from a marketing standpoint it would be really beneficial for them if they had a console that could handle all the multiplatform games that come out for other consoles.
Let's just hope the "Metroid+Starfox teamup" rumor isn't true :/Also really want to know what Retro is working on... can only imagine what a Metroid Prime game with Uncharted 3 level visuals would be like!
My understanding is that the next gen of consoles will be less about "even better graphics/sound" and more about the capacity for handling new, innovative multiplayer experiences. Like, creating a system that can handle the breakdown of the wall between single player and multiplayer experiences. At least that's a bit of what I'm hearing.
I'm hoping the id tech 5 engine gets more play. Sure it loads sloppy as shit and takes two disks to deliver half a game, but it looks so good it's worth it. I'm pretty sure the wii u will have the horsepower to pick up the slack.
if its already hard to keep up with so much time and capital needed for current gen graphics whats next?
Sony and microsoft are just making Nintendo´s life easier if they keep up with that kind of mindset, they are basically tightening a rope around their own necks and competing to see who chokes and dies first. And is not like competitors haven´t already played the Specs card with Nintendo and lost every time.
I think the bigger studios should start thinking more outside of the box for the next gen, i thinks is either being creative or hit a wall.
I don't mind if microsoft and sony take the time to do it right. Sure nintendo has the jump, but the dreamcast pulled the same move and you know how that turned out. In the end it's all about the games and the wii is moving on because nobody is developing decent wii titles.
I just hope the speculation of eliminating used and rented games is also false. Because all of my games are either used, traded or borrowed. I'm not going to spend 60 bucks on a video game if I can't trade or sell it back. Some times I'll buy a game play it and return it because I don't like it, which makes me more confident to take a chance on a game I would think twice about.
I buy maybe one new full price game a year. I do think that if any of the companies drop used support, the companies that decides to keep used games support will have a huge edge, so I'm not too worried about that. What I am worried about is how companies will find new ways to nickle and dime... for example nowadays if you buy a used game you often have to pay 10 bucks for a code to play it online.
It's going that way already IMO. Look at how there are no differences between a digital download of a game vs buying a physical disc copy with a fancy box on your shelf.
I don't mind companies making money, that's good business....but if the money is not spread to the creative talent that works on the game and just provides more padding for investors and CEOs getting bonuses...then ugh.
I also have a hard time justifying the prices for these 60 dollar games, but I make the choice not to buy a lot of games and stick with older ones. I had bought a PS2 a couple years ago because finally 50 bucks for a system, I can get a lot of the older games (and not have to hear all the hype and spoilers) for five bucks or less while 20 is my max... (Unless it's Madden which sits in the 99 cent rack and floods the market of used games D: )
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HERE), and I'm really excited to see it in motion.
I'm also most exited to hear more about the finalized Wii U hardware and see what Nintendo has been cooking up for it (especially Retro Studios). Valve is my other favourite developer and they already said that they don't intend to announce anything new at the show. Slightly disappointing, but not exactly surprising.
Yea, eventually we wont be able to distinguish a game from a movie, and a movie from real life. It will be like watching actors on a stage. As long as games like BF and Call of duty make so much money they will continue to push the boundaries. That wont stop indie gaming or smaller games from getting made or being popular though, they'll just use the tech innovations that the big boys used to use. Thats the way its always been.
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we don't know if there would be any interest in conventional console/PC gaming in next 10 years, and will it stay profitable enough to develop new systems or not.
I can see how it's gonna spread around on portable devices, but I don't really see a point of squeezing realtime avatar CG into 10" screen.
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And of course it wont happen for the next gen consoles, I dont know WHEN its going to happen, thats why I wrote "eventually"...
I would expect the next consoles to have a long life cycle, and possibly be the last generation of consoles as we know them. Current gen has lasted about 8 years, and the next one will likely be longer. Not only can companies not afford it, but diminishing returns on graphics will make it less necessary. So I don't think people will need to update their consoles again in a long time after this. I could be wrong though, obvs.Though i probably can´t expect to be much of a part of the next gen anyways , my only console is the pc and its just feels silly now trying to keep up with the specs. I´d just prefer to buy a console and save the hassle, just don´t know with who´s money
But is all relative indeed, the last console i bought was the very promising Dreamcast, and that sure gave a 180 pretty quickly.
Good videocards alone are selling for more than what a PS3 costs, i would just buy one with an HD TV to play for less than what a good gaming pc would cost. A PS4 or the next Xbox probably still be cheaper than a powerfull gaming pc.
Things like Kickstarter, indie games, etc are all bringing some awesome possibilities, Psychonauts 2? how awesome is that? Is the creative people, original concepts and ideas getting new ways to get to the public what its reallly keeping me excited and hoping the mainstream ups teh creativity too.
And in terms of graphics, theres sure room for more textures and lighting and all kinds of technical stuff but i´d still trade all that for maybe fluid animations, better character expresions and so on, just getting as far of the uncanny valley as possible. I also would prefer a game would takes time to make because of the complex and unique art direction rather than them trying to make the grass look more realistic.
As for the broader question of whether photoreal games will ever be a possibility, I wouldn't say it's impossible, but it would require some huge breakthroughs in content creation as well as real-time rendering. It might be possible in the reasonably near future if games took place in 3d-scanned versions of real environments with 3d scanned humans animated solely through motion capture as characters, but needless to say that would be hugely limiting.
I suppose some massive market shakeup that makes it reasonable to spend hundreds of millions of (inflation-adjusted) dollars on a very short game might also make it possible, but that seems highly unlikely in the foreseeable future.
I know movie assets don't work as game assets. Allot of that stuff is completely broken in areas hidden from the shot. They also have the ability to touch things up with after effects. Plus complex materials and rigs would make for some unreasonable glitches.
I think that both the PS3 and the X360 don't need a replacement with their graphical capabilities. Plus, while there are a few games worth checking out on digital distribution services; I prefer a physical release.
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Basically software companies don't see you as buying their product but leasing it - since a physical disc made it more like ownership, I'm quite sure digital downloads make it easier to make their leasing ideology a reality.
Recently most of the talk about games is just about DRMs, dlc, online payfor this and that, and generally methods for the companies to squeeze the bucks rather than gaming itself which is kinda lame. Just want to see what new things are in store for the next cicle.
Though i probably can´t expect to be much of a part of the next gen anyways , my only console is the pc and its just feels silly now trying to keep up with the specs. I´d just prefer to buy a console and save the hassle, just don´t know with who´s money
like most rumors around this time of year, i don't believe this:
but i do believe something like it could happen, and if it does, i fear for wiiu. if xbox3 has better graphics, better online, better 3rd party games (which is pretty much a guarantee) kinect and a tablet, wiiu's only advantages will be price and a head start. nintendo really needs to go all out releasing great games and getting 3rd party developers on board before the looming XB3 and PS4 hit.
that said there are lots of positive rumors about nintendo's games to be announced. i won't list them because again they're probably not true, but nintendo is hardly helpless.
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Yeah I think it's approaching a point where the consoles will have "UNLIMITED POWER!!!!" so they won't be concerned about conserving disk space anymore and they will only be limited to budget and time. It could be the "next next" console up to bat.
I heard valve has plans for that. They might be making a console where they just send out specs to hardware manufacturers, like the google android business model. The games would be download only though. Luckily valve has a grasp on what games are actually worth.
Now they can fit all these ridiculous games in a single disc. They're reaching a point they'll never run out of space. I remember reading on bluray where they're could multilayer discs at some point fitting up to maybe 200gb or more. Most everyday computers don't even have that.... all in a single disc.
Edit: Scratch that. I know nothing about blu ray but read an article in 2008 of a disc that already has 400gb.
Remember how sony completely oversold the graphics on the ps3. That stuff was running in real time on the ps3, but they had to dumb it all down to make room for an actual game.
Current console generation is actually pretty restrictive,
most games don't render at a very high res and rely on AA to try and look good on 1080P TVs, have pretty sad draw distances and most of the lighting and model detail is baked onto a texture.
I believe the next generation should alleviate some of these problems but I think we need some big revolutions in real time lighting and file compression (don't want to be downloading 50GB games) if we are to go any further.