Earlier today, DICE released a gameplay trailer of its latest game, Battlefield 3, one that left the gaming masses without speech. It is the best looking game we’ve seen, and surely the most impressive shooter. DICE said Frosbite 2, its latest engine, brings the eighth generation of gaming right here, right now. And now Epic Games has released some new images that’s impressing us all on the same level.
Here’s my question: with such powerful engines being unveiled that are way beyond their time, is it time for the next round of consoles? Or better yet, are you willing to jump in?
With Frosbite 2, we have witnessed what’s possible, yet you should not be fooled. The game you’re seeing now, is ran on a PC, at the highest of specs, and again, what you see now, is not possible for a second on either PS3 or Xbox 360. It’s been documented by a wide spectrum of developers that the PS3 is more powerful that the Xbox 360, and we’ve seen the evidence through the many exclusives released for the system. Yet it doesn’t matter how powerful the console is, most games look mostly identical, and so that extra power Sony’s console boasts, isn’t such a big deal.
On the important terms, the consoles are identical.
The point I’m trying to make here is both Sony and Microsoft, and even Nintendo, need to upgrade if we truly want what we’re seeing now. Indeed, the technology’s already here, the HDTVs are ready – we are ready.
But are the big three ready to dive? It seems Nintendo is, but will Nintendo do such a mammoth leap with its Wii2 that would be leaps more powerful than the two other home consoles already on the market? I doubt it. Nintendo innovates, but it’s never with expensive technology.
Nintendo does things its way.
Microsoft are surely planning their next move – and with the success of Kinect, expect motion tech to be a huge play when Xbox 720 comes out. It’s unclear whether Redmond will opt for state-of-the-art technology that’ll boast never before seen visuals and processing power, as the firm seems to follow the money. And honestly, for Microsoft, Kinect and Xbox Live is where the money is.
And what of Sony? Will we see a PS4 that’s basically a PC on steroids? I hope so, but I hope it’s more than that too. Still I believe the hardware company will be the last to take the dive. Maybe in 2014.
So we’re left wanting, then. The only way to get an untethered Battlefield 3 fix is to buy a PC worth thousands, something most of us can’t afford at the moment. No other option at the moment.
Change is coming though, and sooner or later, we’ll be witnessing photo realistic visuals from our living rooms.
What you’re looking at below is Epic Games version of what future games should look like. Battlefield 3 show off DICE’s version.