Playeressence’s Furious Francis discusses his general confusion of next generation graphics and his reasons for being so.
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The current controversy in the ‘next-generation’ graphics talk, centers around the Wii U, and how it got cracked open by some NeoGAF members. Digital Foundry, went on to do their own analysis, saying the system can not be considered ‘next gen’, failing to understand that ‘next gen’ has nothing to do with specs, but time when released. However, that’s another argument for another day. Although 30% of the chipwork was incomplete, many wrote off the Wii U for good this day in the graphics department. Which is fine by me. The Wii U looks a hell of a lot better than the Wii, and will get good games in due time.
When I’m confused by technology I usually turn to my main man on N4G, ABizzel1. He does a good job of breaking things down easily. I fully understand what the Wii U is capable of now. Like expected, it will be less powerful than the PS4 & Xbox 720 on paper. But this leads to other questions about how good will the next generation look. Here are a few issues that are leading to my confusion.
The CEO of one of the biggest graphics/tech engines companies claims that next generation games won’t look that much better than Crysis 3 on the PS3 and Xbox 360. I saw a lot of people writing off his opinion online, but you have to believe this guy has a PS4 & Xbox 720 dev kit and is making games for these systems. Why would he say that if there wasn’t at least a shred of truth behind it? He also claims that Crysis 3 uses 100% of the PS3 and Xbox 360’s power. Not many games on the PS3 and 360 are as graphically enhanced as Crysis 3, Uncharted, and Gears of War. Statements like this make me think how many developers will actually harness all of the power of the PS4 and Xbox 720, when they didn’t do it on the PS3 and Xbox 360?
When I first saw the Witcher 3’s screen shots. I thought I was looking at a PS3 or 360 version of the game. It was later brought to my attention that these are early in-game engine shots, and the developers will make the game look much better for next gen consoles. How much better is the key though. If this game is maxed out on the PC, it’s going to blow the PS4 and Xbox 720 out of the water…. right? PC’s are always stronger than consoles, so where does that leave the Xbox 720 and PS4 version? A little better than these shots? Kinda better?
A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article on how awesome Xenoblade 2 looks. I talked about graphics, next generation of games, ect. But the most interesting feedback I got was from the PC crowd. In the article I said, “The Xbox 720 and PS4 are bound to bring some nice looking games. Rumored next generation games like Watch Dogs and Star Wars 1313 look fantastic.” The PC guys tore me a new one after that quote. They told me I was “drinking the rumor or PS4/720 kool-aid,” and let me know PS4/Xbox 720 games will not look as good as what we saw in the trailers. So we can’t expect next generation games to look as good as the Star Wars 1313 trailer?
I Might need a eye exam
I got 20/20 version, and I can see the difference between a game like Dragon’s Dogma versus a high-end PC game like The Witcher 2. However, things start to get indistinguishable with some PS3 exclusives like Uncharted 3 or Killzone 3.
Battlefield 3 looks spectacular on PCs, but can we expect the Xbox 720 and PS4 to replicate the graphical performance of Battlefield 3 on Ultra settings? I don’t know, that’s why I’m turning to the community to get the gamer’s opinions.
What do you guys think about the whole graphics debate? How many developers will use all of the power of the PS4/Xbox 720? Will Japanese developers support these systems considering the cost of development? And which next generation system are you most excited for? Let us know, put your thoughts in the comments below.More From Playeressence Mario Kart Double Dash Final Fantasy Vs 13 on PS4 to Block Used Games 2 Wishlist PS4? Via NFC Tech? Playeressence Original Next Generation News All the Top Gaming News Content & Shows Central, All info here For the day here