The next generation of consoles is nearly upon us with the “PS4” and “Xbox 720” and many are waiting in anticipation to play these new beasts of machines. But what can be expected from these new consoles? The PlayStation 4 (codename “Orbis”) in particular is looking to be a powerful machine and, just like the PS3, it should have superior specs to its nearest competitor.
The one problem that developers had with the PS3 was that they found it hard to program the new cell processor. Then again, when programmed properly, exclusives such as the Uncharted series, God Of War 3, Infamous, Killzone, and Resistance looked absolutely stunning. These series are by far some of the best graphical advances seen on a console yet. Rumors suggest that the PS4 architecture will be much easier to handle.
1080p games running at a full 60 frames per second should be easier to program, and since most gamers have large TVs now capable of displaying high definition, it should become the norm as opposed to the now and then.
Screen tear should be eliminated so even when the screen is filled with hundreds of objects, the picture will remain perfectly smooth. Lighting effects will be pushed to the limit, bringing games to life and looking much more realistic and lifelike.
Colors should also be more realistic, hopefully with less greys and browns and more natural shades. Vegetation should look colorful and move with the wind, water should have extra effects to make it even more realistic, and dust and clouds will look better than ever before. Rumors even suggest that the PS4 can push out graphics to a 4k resolution screen. However, since that technology is far hardly widely available or affordable, only time will tell if this will be available at the launch of the console.
Gone will be the day of no more than a dozen or so enemy soldiers on screen at once; games like Call of Duty will be packed with more action than ever before. Enemy soldiers will be able to make more unique decisions faster and hopefully it will feel similar to playing against real humans.
What good are games without great gameplay? The combination of stunning graphics and potentially superior artificial intelligence will lead to games that are far superior even to what are currently available on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Think of a modern game such as Black Ops 2, even with so much going on it still looks stunning. Now imagine the graphics at a higher resolution, with realistic lighting, colors more lifelike, and enemies with human skills and reactions.
The future is bright…The future is PlayStation
On one hand, the PS4 could be one of the best consoles released thus far. On the other hand, with technology moving so quickly, could this be the last time we see a dedicated generation of gaming console powerhouses?
The PS4 will no doubt be a media hub similar to the PS3 and hopefully players will be able to access everything bought and unlocked over the years on PSN. Will the console have backwards compatibility? Due to the vastly different architecture of the two consoles there’s a chance it won’t have it. It might not necessarily be a bad because the majority of people might just want a new console.
One possible downfall is the inevitable release of follow-ups and remakes of old games. Ideally, several new IPs will be released in the next generation. Sony have proved to have been good at this during the PS3 lifecycle with the Resistance and the Uncharted series to name a few.
What about launch titles for the PlayStation 4? Will there be a Wipeout? A Ridge Racer? An Uncharted? A God Of War? There’s no telling. But hopefully at the PlayStation meeting on Feb. 20, gamers will finally know what Sony has in store for the next generation.