John Carmack, the legendary id Software programmer and creator of DOOM is one of the best coders in the industry. He’s not, however, excited about what new consoles from Sony and Microsoft will be able to do, as, according to him, nothing new will be added, except pretty visuals.
That’s what the man said while speaking to GamesIndustry in a recent interview, adding that developers who are talented can still find ways to make games on current generation consoles standout significantly.
“It will be what we already have, but a lot better,” he said.
“You will be able to redesign with a focus on D11, but it will not really change anyone’s world. It will look a lot better, it will move towards the movie rendering experience and that is better and better, but it’s not like the first time you’ve ever played an FPS.”
Carmack guesstimated “a current game like Halo” at 1080p and at 60fps will “suck up all the power you have [available] in the next generation.”
“When people ask how tapped out is the current console generation, PCs are 10 times as powerful but you really are still not technically limited. Any creative vision that a designer could come up with, we can do a pretty good job representing on current generation and certainly on PC.”
As for Carmack himself, he’s too busy prototyping a VR headset that he says will immerse players “into the virtual world” to worry about what gamers might think about his comments.
id Software and John Carmack’s last game was RAGE. We heard DLC for said game’s incoming.