New hardware may be game changer for video game sector: This is a fairly non-descript article about the current state of gaming consoles and the introduction of next-gen consoles this year. But it included this bit, which bothers me a little:
Today, the Xbox 360 is entering its eighth year on the market, while the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii have been out for more than six years.
“Developers have really squeezed out every last bit of innovation they could out of the current hardware,” says Jesse Divnich, analyst with Electronic Entertainment Design and Research. “Both developers and consumers are screaming for new technology.”
This annoys me. What does new hardware get you? More processing power. What are game developers hungry to use that for? Better graphics.
When this guy says that developers have “squeezed every last bit if innovation,” does he really mean that? Or does he mean that we’ve just topped out on graphic power, and new and better graphics is the only new a great thing game developers could use right now?
I’ve been bitching about this for a while. This is from a post about seven years ago:
Say you doubled the intelligence of the enemy AI. How much processing power would you need to do this compared to the power required to run the graphics? My guess is that it’d be inconsequential.
So what this means is that the entire…point, of making a new system is graphics, graphics, graphics. Think about it, when the ads tout “better games,” what do they mean? More mentally challenging? More thought-provoking? More…what? No, they mean “better graphics.” It’s the be-all and end-all of systems these days.