The next generation of consoles is looming nearer and nearer, and it feels that there is a shift on what defines Next Gen. Back then, next gen was about hardware and what the systems can do. Now, it is about what this new batch of consoles can do besides gaming. Sony and Microsoft are trying to take the TV landscape. While PlayStation 4 is primarily a game console, they did announce at this year’s E3 that the Sony TV Division, which produces shows like Breaking Bad and Justified, is making shows that they think the gamer would like. It will be up to the fans to decide on which shows continue on or not. Amazon did something like this earlier this year. The PlayStation 4 will have some aspects of TV, but it is nothing, so far, compared to what Microsoft is planning with Xbox One. You can switch apps at the touch of a button. You can have a TV show, a game, and some other apps running at the same time and switch them on the fly. They have even reached a multimillion-dollar deal with the NFL to have a more rich and enhanced way to pertecapte for Fantasy Football. A good portion of the Xbox One’s reveal was about Sports and TV. Most gamers, of at least of what I have seen, hates or does not care about all that. What they do care about are the games. Both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have a solid line up of games. From Quantum Break to The Order: 1886. From Sunset Overdrive to InFamous: Second Son. Both systems have games that show a lot of promise.
NEXT GEN NOW
This does raise a question on what makes next gen next gen. Is it having a more immersed experience like what Microsoft is trying to do with the Kinect? Or is it the social features that Sony is doing with the PlayStation 4. Maybe the hardware design and graphics do it. To me this is what next gen is to me:
On the current gen consoles, Grand Theft Auto 5 is what I would like to see Next Gen do. Have this vast world with many activities to do. The two games I can think of that does something like this is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Destiny. While Destiny does have a MMO type feel to it, it does have the vast worlds to explore. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is trying to have more things to do and have a much bigger map that Skyrim. I have not seen much on all three games, just what they released, they do look better than most Next Gen games. Especially Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. They seem to take a scope of a world and expand upon it. While most developers are going to try to the push for high-end 1080p HD graphics and 60 Frames per Second, to me the most important thing is gameplay. No amount of HD graphics and high steady frame rate is going to save you if your game is not good. Recently there was a rumor that the PlayStation 4 needs 3.5GB for the Operating System. Since then an unknown developer has said that this was false and there are indeed games that are using 6GB of the system currently in development.
BITS TO BITS
In its 30-year history since the launch of the original Nintendo, there has been a massive jump of hardware specs. I am not going to claim I know anything about hardware specs. I have no idea what makes DDR3 and GDDR5 so different. Nevertheless, from the past I always used memory as bits. The 8 bits of the original Nintendo, to the 128 bits of PlayStation 2. The PlayStation 3 had 256 bits. This is how I see tech. If Sony and Microsoft had stuck with a somewhat tradition, we would have 512 bit for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Instead, Sony and Microsoft jumped it up to 8GB. It is very possible to say that they needed those gigs to make graphics better. Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, and Halo 4 all still look stunning in this 256-bit console generation. Even frame rate did its job in 256 bit. It is true that not every game does 60FPS, but games like Call of Duty and Ratchet & Clank showed that it could be done. To me, what make next gen next gen are the vast worlds developers are creating. As for Next Gen games, Destiny is already doing this.
If developers can make a game with 1080p graphics and a rock solid 60fps, that is great. As long as the game does not chug as it does in Blight Town in Dark Souls, I do not care if it is 1080p or 720, 60fps or 30. I only care about if the games are good. I guess what I want most of all is what I have always wanted. Good games that in each generation becomes bigger and bigger as long as they still retain all the fun that I had when I first played them when I was young. Just a fun, vast experience is what I want. It is all that I will ever need.
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Hey. If you are reading this then that means you have found my blog. It's not hard to miss though, but it's nice to see that someone is reading it. Not much to go on than what I've written over there.
I also try not to spoil any game. No matter if it's old or new.