GTS wrote:I disagree with the statement "All 3 lack a big step forwards in terms of graphics" simply because someone says that every generation.
Some generations have large obvious leaps in graphical abilities right from launch and some generational have the changes more incremental. Games like Super Mario Bros and even Keith Courage were pack in games that said this generation is an awesome step up. This generation did not have that type of introduction. Now you could blame that onnthe Wii U kicking off the generation instead of the PS4 or XB1. Its also harder to make a big impact with several years of making games for two generations, mid generation upgrades and now total replacements. As time goes on we look at comparing typical games of the generations. Even there , some generational leaps stand out, such as gen 4 to 5. Sure, there are standout gen 4 games, but its clear there is leap there. Do you think tis generatin has anything like that leap?
I don't think the WiiU kicking off this generation is a viable detraction of the argument though. Looking at PS2 to PS4 games does look better, but not as good as going SNES to N64, but still noticeable. (Or would it be more appropriate to compare SNES to GC in this case since it's two generations we're talking about here?) Honestly, the new games are a little better looking than the games of the past, but have we really gotten that much better than Halo and Half-Life 2? Those games are still beautiful by today's standards, and they are well over a decade old. The PS3 to PS4 really isn't a big leap in technology, especially on the graphical end. Games have looked pretty good now for 15 years. Yes, draw distances and resolutions have improved, but the fundamental graphical capability isn't that much in real life terms. Imagine you have a super fast 475 horse power car. The new one comes out and it has 500 horsepower. Does that really matter at that point? I think we've hit that point with graphics for systems and computers.