During an interview with Guardian Unlimited, Will Wright had this to say about his opinions on what next-gen is:
"Somebody asked me what I thought next generation meant and what about the PlayStation 3 was next generation. The only next gen system I've seen is the Wii - the PS3 and the Xbox 360 feel like better versions of the last, but pretty much the same game with incremental improvement."
Wright also feels that the Wii is true next-gen because "...not that the graphics are more powerful, but that it hits a completely different demographic."
So the question you have to ask is "What defines next-gen?" Is it new fancier graphics and processing power, or is it innovation in other things, such as control or immersion? I personally had not thought about it that way, and I guess in one sense he is right. Next-gen can define a leap in the way we play games, not just the way games look. And I am always up for trying a new way to game.
So what are your thoughts fellow robots? Does Next-gen mean better looks, or new ways to play games?
Also, in before Hexfix, Whiteboy, and Jack spam flames. Thats right, I did that in my post. My clairvoyance is that powerful.
EDIT: Sorry, forgot to cite my source