Bring on the next-gen
Yesterday we expressed our concerns with 7 reasons we're not ready for the next-gen, but today we decided to pick up a half-full glass, and optimistically explain why were totally, absolutely, unabashedly ready for the next-generation of gaming.
It feels like the hardware is close to hitting its cap
If we havent achieved the best of what this generation has to offer, were really close to it, and thats a good sign that it might be time to move on. Otherwise well be buying six-disk games with 50GB installs as the norm in 2014, and with the amount of hard drives well need to buy to fit all of our games well already be well on our way to buying a new system. On that same note
Massive hard drives need to be the standard
Hard drives are cheap, too! If next-gen systems come packed with 500GB drives, it'd give developers a little more wiggle room; they could create games that take full advantage of the system power, without needing to worry about small hard drive sizes on low-end consoles. Were looking at you, Microsoft stop it with the 4GB introductory system, youre not fooling anyone.
Next-gen peripherals can be better integrated
Lets have Kinect work better as a strictly voice-controlled addition, making it easy for gamers to shout out commands in squad-based games without worrying that a conversation on the other side of the room could trigger a game-ending maneuver, and lets make it so the Move can be played closer to the TV.
Current-gen hardware is sorta crappy
Microsofts billion-dollar blunder has likely taught the company not to cut corners when it comes to hardware, and Sonys vulnerability hacking has led to an increase in security for both companies. While were sure there will be issues, were thinking that the big three have learned from their mistakes, and are ready to make consoles with longer lifespans especially if theyre expecting another lengthy console generation.
New generations usually mean new IPs
Gears of War, Mass Effect, and Assassins Creed all started their lives early in this generation, and plenty of other franchises were born in the generation before that. Wed love to see what other characters and environments would be born from the new generation of gaming. Who knows? Maybe the next great mascot is hiding behind a next-gen launch title already in the works.
This lengthy console generation is holding back PC gaming
As time goes on, it seems like developers are making games for consoles first and PCs second. This means that even with new, blazing-fast PC hardware on the market, developers are being forced to cripple their games to be compatible with aging systems. It keeps gaming from moving forward, and hinders the PC gaming market all over again. Generally this cycle ends after about five years, but with the current-generation lasting so long its becoming even more detrimental.
A new generation is exciting
We expect the next-gen will be that way too. Fancy new graphics will replace our already impressive visuals, and well get to see what a new set of hardware can do to our favorite genres. New console launches are exciting, and we absolutely cant wait.