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One of the biggest questions we've gotten from readers is whether upgrading to next-generation hardware will be worth the investment at launch. Unsurprisingly, publishers didn't take up valuable booth space to give us the answer.
Across the expanse of the Los Angeles Convention Center, we only found one game running on different sets of hardware: DC Universe Online. That title has seen a significant visual boost on the PlayStation 4, but the feature sets are identical across platforms.
We know that graphics aren't the only improvement we'll be seeing come this holiday season, as both platform holders and developers have been touting the opportunity provided by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to create new gameplay experiences. Without knowing how features in different versions of titles like Watch Dogs, Titanfall, and Call of Duty: Ghosts will be differentiated, it's hard to know whether making the leap to next-generation consoles will offer more than just an improved aesthetic experience.
In other words, until developers and publishers let us see the feature sets and gameplay of both versions, side-by-side, we won't be able to let you know how much of an improvement the new hardware will make. Comparisons aside, next-generation titles look fantastic (though they offer nothing visually that PC gamers don't already expect). The case for investment in new hardware needs to be about more than graphics, though.
Will the increased power result in simple cosmetic enhancements or will gameplay experiences truly break new ground? This remains one of our biggest questions as we take our first steps into the next generation.
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i think at first graphics will be the major change and major gameplay changes will come after the systems have been out for a few months or so
Next gen??? More like next "been there done that but its still fun" gen
Beyond graphics, I think the biggest boost will be realism. In those terms, the world you are playing in within the game can have so much more running behind the scenes than previous. I think Kill Zone:Shadow Fall was a great example of this in their first release trailer.
The graphics always look nicer on a next-gen system, but as far as Watch_Dogs, Black Flag, and MGS V are pushing their graphical capabilities, I hardly think that current-gen looks bad at all. Like we've seen with the 360 and PS3, it'll probably take a few years for developers to figure out/master the next-gen tech anyway and next-gen will still seem only minimally better until 3-4 yrs. into its lifespan. 'Til then, it's safe tos ay that gameplay still needs to be the focus to keep out attention. We don't just look at games, we play them.
Give me some more improvement than just graphics and that might convince to buy a next-gen console.
I have a friend getting for current gen while i am getting for next gen, cant wait to see the huge difference.
I'm real excited to find out.
I feel that as developers start to reveal more the jump from this gen to next will be worth it.