Posted 1:04pm on Thu 10 October 2013
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The next-generation of games is always exciting, but the arrival of the Xbox One and PS4 isn't as tantalising as previous years.
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Posted 1:04pm on Thu 10 October 2013
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It is interesting to consider the choices that are available to consumers these days.
The current generation of games did not come into their own until about 18 months into their life cycle. This is when some developers started to properly leverage the hardware and the online architecture.
Indeed, looking at the first "generation" of next-gen games, you can see obviously graphic improvements but not a lot of anything else that can be explicitly sited as tied to next-gen hardware.
For example, AC4 will not change dramatically from Current to Next gen, but will be a lot prettier.
The PC is too big a platform to be ignored. The caveat to that is of course the cost. I recently upgraded my PC (being a hardware engineer has it's benefits) and I have a system that runs AC3, BF3, BF4 beta quite comfortably. However, I do not see my 6-core Xeon with 12GB of RAM being really sufficient to enjoy next generation games on PC at a quality to which I am accustomed.
Some people, myself included, are not willing to spend hundreds of pounds on new motherboards, CPU's, RAM, GPU, PSU, etc to play the latest games.
A friend of mine spend £1400 on parts to build a decent gaming rig about two years ago. He upgraded the GPU recently, and is now looking at spending a further £700 on upgrades to basically rebuild the PC... yet again.
The advantage of a console will be seen in 2-3 years time. When some PC's will struggle with newer games, you are guaranteed that you will get an enjoyable experience on a console, whichever you choose.
That is the reason i will be joining the next generation of consoles and not upgrading my PC for the foreseeable future.
Posted 1:09pm on Thu 10 October 2013
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I totally agree with what was said the jump to the ps1 was amazing but the jump for ps3 to ps4 doesn't seem that great although I will still be buying a ps4 it looks to good to miss
Posted 1:22pm on Thu 10 October 2013
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Nice article, do you think that you'd be more likely to buy them at launch if you weren't going to have them in the office anyway?
Will Dave be writing a why I have pre-ordered everything already article to counter yours?
Posted 1:26pm on Thu 10 October 2013
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Yes I agree too on the fact that the change from PS3 to PS4 or from Xbox to Xbox One isn't that big at all. Personally I think that they should have released it way later.
Posted 2:13pm on Thu 10 October 2013
If there can't be massive graphical leaps, things like rock-solid frame rates and advanced physics would be great. Although those things are kind of subtle and not really system sellers.
Posted 2:24pm on Thu 10 October 2013
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I'm just waiting for a must have title that I can't play on current gen, then I'll upgrade. Currently there isn't one.
Posted 2:36pm on Thu 10 October 2013
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As you highlighted, there are no 'system-sellers' at launch.
All those games can wait.
The dilemma from a money stand point is the the consoles might not drop in price. If you were to go buy the console in April the RRP could be the same, especially considering the PS4 is selling at a loss. Obviously no one can be sure of this and there may be some better package deals. But considering that, some of my friends who are into Battlefield for example may as well enjoy the better graphics sooner rather then later.
My obsession is MGSV and if the experience ends up being that much better on PS4 I may 'upgrade' a bit earlier then I otherwise would.
Posted 3:00pm on Thu 10 October 2013
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Hey I'm fine with paying $400 for a graphics upgrade. PC players pay way more than that over 7 years of gaming. Also current gen games are really starting to show their age compared to what PC games have been doing the last couple years. Also expect these new cross gen games to look terrible on current gen, developers are crafting their games around next gen now and in order to make them run on current gen (because there are over 150mil ps3s and 360s combined) they are murdering current gen graphics. They really want people to jump on board with next gen quickly and it seems like consumers agree because PS4 and Xbox One have received more preorders than any other console launch ever (over 2mil combined).
Posted 3:54pm on Thu 10 October 2013
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I do agree with you Simon.
While I will buy a PS4 at Launch, its not really like I MUST have one. Its just curiosity and because I want something new to play, but I could live happy without getting a PS4 this Year.
It was very diffrent in the Past, new Console where always a very exciting Thing, this Time not so much. But maybe I'm just getting older ^^