Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Current Gen is dead... Or is it?

With the upcoming release of the PS3 and the Wii, the next-gen consoles wars will have begun. Everyone’s anticipating the next-gen graphics, gameplay and experience, but for me, a question remains: WhatÂ’ll happen to the current-gen? Will it die out? Will it die as soon as the next-gen is fully established? To me, the answer is a definite no. While the next-gen consoles will have better graphics, the games probably wonÂ’t take full advantage of the hardware, which is one of the many advantages that the current-gen has over next-gen. The people who are developing games for the next-gen worked with the last generation of consoles, and as such they know how to fully wield their power. For instance, take Gran Turismo 4. No one ever imagined that the graphics that good were possible on a PS2, much less to be able to be displayed in 1080i on a PS2. Or Resident Evil 4. No one ever thought that those graphics were possible on the GC, but Nintendo and Capcom proved them wrong. The reason why these games look as good as they do is because the developers have learned the consoles’ strengths and its weaknesses, and because of that the games are going to be that much better. Another thing is that while the Xbox 360 has amassed an impressive userbase (5 million), the PS2 far outnumbers it. So does the Xbox original, and the GC. Because of this, the last-gen consoles are still going to look like a very nice option for big publishers and developers, since its not only cheaper to develop for a last-gen console than a next-gen console, but there’s also a lot more potential buyers. So, I think last-gen is going to survive for at least 4 years just because of that, until the next-gen sales eclipse the last-gen sales. And there’s another huge factor: Price. Nowadays, an Xbox 360'’s going to cost 400$ (Unless you get the core system, which is a waste of money) a PS3’s going to cost 600$ and a Wii’s going to cost 229-250$. And although the WiiÂ’s price is atractive, think of this: Two of those consoles donÂ’t have any games for sale as of yet, and the last gen consoles, which are 100-400 bucks cheaper, have hundreds upon thousands of games available for purchase, quite a few of them excellent. And since the last-gen is being abandoned buy the manufacturers, they’re only going to get cheaper (think 50-100$) And soon, last-gen games will be available at a bargain bin cost as the next-gen replaces them... do you get the implifications of this? You could get every awesome game you missed out on for your console, every under-the-radar classic- for less than 20$. And since it looks like the next-gen consoles’ games are going to cost at least 50-60$... So really, I don’t think that the PS2, GC or the Xbox are going to die very soon (although I must admit that the GC doesnÂ’t have any real third-party support, and since Nintendo is mostly concentrating on its newer consoles- the Wii and the DS- it just might be the death knell for the GC.) and that the current gen has a lot of gas left in it, at least enough to travel for 4 years more.

5 Comments:

Blogger gg said...

It's not just about graphics tho. It's about graphics, sandbox, more interactivity, online. Last gen is limited to what it can do. Sure, graphics got better, but the next-gen power leap means graphics can eventually take a bigger leap forward. More importantly, interactivity. Wii's controller, or ON. While 360/PS3 will mean interactivity multimedia, friends list, live anywhere. Also, the bigger power will mean in-game interactivity - 100% interactive environments, bigger worlds, more characters on screen, more individual looking/acting AI characters than generic same animations, sandbox, mmorpg abilities, games that will be able to play differently each time, more sound/visual effects.

Last gen (ps2) won't die out, though the GC and xbox will because of their user bases so low compared to the 100 million PS userbase. Also xbox hardware no longer supported by MS.

8/09/2006 02:04:00 AM  
Blogger PS3 Fan said...

There are no signs of last gen(PS2) slowing up.PS2 is still selling better than X360.GC has game that are in top 10 again,I think it will be Xbox that we be likely to go first as firstly MS are no longer makin then,once supplies run out support will slow then stop.We are already seeing signs of this as Xbox releases are small compared to PS2.

8/09/2006 02:18:00 AM  
Blogger weird guy said...

yea, I know that. as A.I routines get more complex, the primitive sub-1 gigaherdz processors just won't cut it. For instance, take Oblivion. Every single NPC had something to do or somewhere to go, regardless of whether you were there or not, giving it a greater sense of realism.

so yea, there were some things that I didn't mention that I couldn've, but I didn't have enough time and didn't want ot spend 5 hours+working on it.

8/09/2006 07:46:00 AM  
Blogger PS3 Fan said...

What happened to the PS2 piccy.

8/09/2006 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger weird guy said...

dunno... I'll try to fix it.

8/09/2006 03:17:00 PM  

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