19. Horsepower used for more interesting things than graphics
Graphics are the sexy, immediate selling point for next-gen games because they attack the most easily-stimulated of senses. They can be instantaneously appreciated by anyone, without explanation. Game mechanics, AI and deep, living world detail aren’t as immediately arousing, but in the long-term they’re more important. They do though, require a lot of work and a lot of system memory.
Consoles have traditionally been a bit lacking in the old RAM department compared to PCs, so it’s heartening to see the PS4 announced with a mighty 8Gb. We’re really hoping that solid chunk of doingstuffability is used to add real functionality, content and depth to games beyond the obvious graphical improvements and smoother operating systems.