FFD: Are you at all excited for the next generation? 
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Geoffrey Tim
August 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

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It’s starting to look like the next generation of consoles already won’t be able to keep up to up to PC’s when it comes to graphics. Even then, looking at them, do they really look “next gen?”

Is it a sufficient, noticeable step up in fidelity? does it get you excited? Having had hands on, and eyeball on experience with I have to say  that “next-gen“ games look better than videos on the internet would have you believe – but eye-candy isn’t even what has me excited.

I genuinely believe that even though PC games on beastly machines already look like next gen games, the real change will come with the use of newer, next-generation engines – and that’s when we’ll start seeing the real, meaningful changes; changes to AI and enemy behaviour, changes to physics and other things that’ll make games feel more real instead of just looking more real.

So yes; I am excited for the next gen. Are you? Have you seen or read anything that’s got you itching to get a new console, or upgrade your PC?

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • http://www.lazygamer.co Gavin Mannion

    Anyone who says no hasn’t played Battlefield 4 on the PlayStation 4 or Titan Fall on the Xbox One..

    I need the next generation

    • Lourens Jordaan

      Amen brother!!!

    • Hammersteyn

      No

    • Shodan

      But they are both on PC as well.. so no not yet

      • Devourer of Small Bunnies

        Sir, have an upvote

    • Melasco

      Agreed, and right now I have one reason, and that is BF4, I can’t wait!

    • Uberutang

      Erm. Some of us have been experiencing that to an extend for a few years now.
      So short answer: no
      Long answer: finally less crappy ports and dx11 as a standard!

      • ToshZA

        ^ this

      • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        Pretty much – but as I said, PC games are still using “current gen” engines. the next gen will usher in new engines, and PC games will be better for it.

  • Tidycpc

    Yes, yes and more yes

  • That Twit In Black

    Yes I am (cause I want one) & no i am not (cause I don’t have a console yet).

  • Tarisma

    who cares as long as they keep making heartless shitty games with zero story line and extra splosions for MURICA . honestly who the fuck cares, doesn’t matter how beautiful the flac pieces flying through the air are, its still one big heap of shit.

    • http://www.lazygamer.co Gavin Mannion

      Have you not read up on The Witcher 3?

      • Tarisma

        I have read up on the witcher 3 but I’m very very very cautious about getting on the hype train, 95% of the time it just leads to disappointment. I would rather stay grumpy old and bitter before getting excited about new pretties.

    • boet

      Ag please, stop talking rubish. Heartless games? God Im glad I dont know you in real live, a real bundle of joy you are.

      • RinceThisNintypoo

        HAHAHAHAHA! This really had made me laugh, I don’t know why!

    • SaintsRowLee

      You know, I am with you on that. What happened to the WOW factor in games? Not graphical wow, but wow as in “Did you see what I just did???”

      • RinceThisNintypoo

        Last of Us?

        • SaintsRowLee

          I think I am the last of us that have not played Last of Us.

  • Circuitflow

    Cant LIVE ….. if living is without YOUUUUUUUUUU!U!U!U!U MUST HAVE MY XBOX ONE

  • Skoobaz

    Personally, I am not too phased about next gen. Let the early adopters have a go. I throw all my budget at PC. The misus has asked to get a console so we can jam games together. I have earmarked to get a PS3 after PS4 release. Expecting price drops accordingly. And my requirements for that are not GFX related but rather interactivity. If I want Ultra GFX I load up something on the PC which handles anything I throw at it.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Yes! I am excited. I can hardly contain myself. No I’m not trolling, I’m really struggling to contain myself… PS4 PS4 PS4! :D

    • RinceThisNintypoo

      Good nana!

      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        Just not too far…

        • RinceThisNintypoo

          Ha, when Nana goes, he comes back dressed in Fox’s clothing…

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          WINNING!

    • Sageville

      Eeeeiw, uncontained piesang everywhere!

      I’m keen to see the proper Full HD games, especially BF4, Destiny and Titanfall (i’ll get it on PC).

      But whenever someone pushes “Cloud” to me as a selling point, I just turn off. Yes, it’s tech that has promise but I have yet to see any game that uses it for anything groundbreaking or something that adds to my gaming experience.

  • ElimiNathan

    Yes super keen

  • Hammersteyn

    CANT wait anymore. GTA V will have to tide me over.

    • Sageville

      You were supposed to get Splinter Cell Blacklist (5 Sage-stars of awesomeness), that tides you over till GTA V then we all in limbo till December

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    In all honesty….no…not yet….well I am excited, just not that excited to go out and get a next gen console this year

  • Tarisma

    ok irrelevant now

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Saving for my PS4. DESTINIY!!!! WITCHER 3!!!! DA3!!!!!
    So many games I want.
    Also from the header…….Bacon pancakes, makin Bacon pancakes.

  • Lord Chaos

    Not really no. Still have a backlog to get through anyway, will get excited when there’s something I HAVE to have.

  • Vampyre Squirrel

    Yeah I am… but my “next gen” purchase will only be in a couple years time me thinks… especially if I can keep getting games for the XB360 for a while. That being said, I REALLY want a PS4!

  • Devourer of Small Bunnies

    Honestly? No. (this was a longer post but fuckit, its friday)

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      FLIDAY!!!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Not really excited, more like generally optimistic. I think you’re right about the benefit of next-gen consoles revolving more around interactivity, AI, etc than graphics. That’ll bleed into my master race gaming, which is what I’m happy about.

    The big jump in next-gen is console hardware – games & PCs always improve incrementally / continuously.

  • RinceThisNintypoo

    I am excited, because I think it will change a lot of things. Those things being called the Xbox 360 Slimmer, and PS3 slimmest. I still have a whole library of PS3 games to go through, and plenty of Xbox 360 games to enjoy. I will be buying a next-gen when I am either hired by a gaming site (ahem) or sometime at the end of next year. I think it is a great time to be in gaming, I also think a lot of negativity has been brewing over the years and the flood gates have recently burst. We are all in store for a treat, IF, and only IF you are willing to move with the times :)

    • Lord Chaos

      ^ This

      • OVG

        ^ That

        • That Tall Twit

          ^ Boobs

          • Lord Chaos

            Indeed

          • OVG

            ^ Those

          • Sageville

            ( * )( * )

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            those look fake…

          • OVG

            (•)(•)

          • RinceThisNintypoo

            And door open!

          • That Tall Twit

            ( • Y • )

          • OVG

            Is that a Y chromosome in the middle :P

          • RinceThisNintypoo

            You are opening a door here 0-O

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            ( • Y • )
            ) . (
            ( v )

            Edit: Why does disqus remove extra spaces…

          • Sageville

            ( ^ )( ^ ) ….cold out….

          • SaintsRowLee

            But sometimes fake is beautiful too

          • TiMsTeR1033

            should be warning on this photo…

          • RinceThisNintypoo

            Oh I am sure there will be plenty of those!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            #foreverSP trollol

          • RinceThisNintypoo

            Oi!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m reconsidering saying that because I just realised I trolled myself too lol

  • OVG

    NO. To much bullshit if this gen is anything to by.

    • Sageville

      INFIDEL!

  • That Tall Twit

    I am quite keen on getting my hands on ‘The Division’ on PC.

  • SaintsRowLee

    If this gen is anything to go by, then no, I am not yet excited about next gen. I will wait for price drops, as well as the gaming libraries of each console to be sorted. If I look at my current Xbox library, there are quite a lot of overhyped (aka crap) games that you cannot find anywhere today, due to not being re-released as classics. Mass Effect 1 I see is regularly restocked at Musica, CNA and the likes…

    • OVG

      hear hear.
      This gen was a cluster fuck, who’s to say the next will be any better.

      • SaintsRowLee

        Exactly. All I hear about next gen is the graphics are better, the AI is improved. But I get the distinct idea the games next gen are going to play exactly the same as this gen.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          True, all the extra power doesn’t matter if they don’t use it – which most probably won’t, but the few that do…

          • SaintsRowLee

            The few that do: Is it going to warrant going balls to the wall next gen for the few that do?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s an individual decision I guess. For me no, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be keen on the possibilities.

          • SaintsRowLee

            True that. I guess I am a bit jaded at the moment, and the next gen outlook is not all that rosy for me, really. Nothing to warrant getting all googly eyed over every time someone says Xbox One or PS4.

          • Sageville

            I remember BF3 having comms issues coz of the limited allocated comms channel memory, PS3 just didn’t have enough hardware to to things properly.

            The next gen will mean no resource limitations for a good while, developers will be able to make game types that are just no possible under the current Gens hardware.

            I predict more open games, bigger environments and alot more realism.

        • OVG

          As A 2 Brute? said
          It does seem to be a bit of a Hybrid Generation with all the focus being on Social and Internet connections.

          When we jumped into the 7th gen it was all about the the fucking wheels being round in GT and sick BitMaping in Gears of War. I WAS BLOWN OFF MY FUCKING FEET.

          Now its just ports… and cheese :P

  • Slagywag

    Arma 3… Once you start playing Arma 3 all other games become irrelevant, yes that includes BF4…

  • Galbedir

    Cant wait for Witcher 3! Ill have to start saving for a next gen cons…Oh wait! I have a PC! MASTER RACE! :P lol

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      haha win!

  • L1ghn1ngZA

    Yes, because I don’t care what a game looks like, I care how it plays. If I can only get an Infamous/Halo/Mario fix in one place and no other system can give that to me, then I’m naturally excited for the next generation :)

  • A 2 Brute?

    What has been shown so far of next gen games, in terms of raw visual impact, such as Titanfall, The Witcher 3, Battlefield 4, all look really impressive. The fact that all of these are coming to PC and not only onto console though, sort of removes that feeling of awe I may have felt had they been only console-centric. So no, I am not overly excited about the “next generation”. In fact, I don’t actually see a clear and defined break from this generation in my opinion with the new console releases due. Visuals should only be one aspect that defines a new generation, not what makes it a new generation. The lines have become quite blurred, I say.

  • Stanley Watson

    I can’t contain my excitement. I dream about it during the day. BF4 and no hassles online multiplayer…certainly also having a better media centre experience than which the Xbox 360 gives now. But looking forward to the PS4.

  • OVG

    Generation 7.5

  • veggiesaurus ZA

    I can’t wait to jump ship from my Xbox 360. So sick of the noise

    • RinceThisNintypoo

      Shit yeah hey? I was dl something the other day and had to leave it on when I went to bed. Woke thinking I was on an aeroplane!

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I think my power supply in slowly dieing, jet engine engage!

  • ToshZA

    Yes, but not for the consoles, rather the surge in visual fidelity we pc gamers are going to get. I cannot wait!

    Ps, MASTER RACE!

    • RinceThisNintypoo

      You must be looking forward to GTA5… Trololol! ;)

      • Sageville

        BURN!

        • That Tall Twit

          This should help with that…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            that cannot be unseen O_O

          • SaintsRowLee

            And I hit refresh to see that… Curse me and my ever present curiosity!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            my eyes are still burning….

        • RinceThisNintypoo

          It lies, it lies!

      • ToshZA

        Not even almost. What a waste of a game. >=)

        • TiMsTeR1033

          YOU SAID WHAT!!! *gansta mode activate* Ill pop a cap in your ass boy!!!

          • ToshZA

            Bring it foo’. Ya’ll aint got shit on mah G, Geralt.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Screw you guys, I’m going home! ………. in this :P

        • TiMsTeR1033

          In japan they go home on this…

          • That Tall Twit

            Have you noticed the name of the photographer in the corner on that pic?
            XD

          • Yateen Dayaram

            you gotta be kidding..0.o

  • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

    NEXT GEN JAPANESE BOOB PHYSICS

    • RinceThisNintypoo

      You shut up! *cries :(

    • Sageville

      That was this gens technological breakthrough.

      I believe Next gen will finally tackle the bum bounce physics we’ve been missing.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Because sooo many Japanese women are small the japanese over compensate for it in games…

    • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

      Finally they can make a proper Baywatch simulator!!!

      http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view1/1852742/baywatch-run-o.gif

  • Lardus-Respect the beard

    Nope, Nope and Nope. Starting to play less and less games. Building a Warhammer 40K Army to rather have a hobby getting me away from technology in the evenings. Will play one or two games, but maybe when the Next-Gen Soul Calibur, Virtua Fighter and DoA come out I might get boob-physics excited about it.

  • Drizzt

    Excited for the PS4.

    But it’s hard to get excited for Xbox One after all the disappointment. Maybe closer to the time, when ever that may be.

    But hey if your an Xbox fan there is a console for you it’s called the Xbox 360.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I think once Microsoft re-focus themselves on the games, then I honestly believe that the XBox One will be a real contender. It just means waiting a few years, and hoping that they’ve learnt their lesson.

      I won’t get a box now, but I might consider it in 3 or 4 years. At least, then I would know that the policy reversals were genuine, and that they hadn’t sneaked some nefarious nonsense in via the cloud.

  • Rock789

    I am super excited for next-gen! If I were anymore excited, my head would explode!

    But, seriously, I really am looking forward to the next-gen leap. Geoff – you put it perfectly… Next-gen will more than just awesome graphics. The AI and world physics leap will just be awesome – seriously, I cannot wait. And the fact that the PS4 and XB1 are, as some people put it, like PCs, it should make cross-platform (console to PC and vice versa) much easier. Which could open up another world of games for the console! So yeah, I’m super excited for this! The Leap cannot come soon enough.

  • Johan du Preez

    What are you talking about we already have next gen on pc ?

    • Brenz

      too bad your next gen doesnt include GTAV, oops….

      • Johan du Preez

        GTAV is coming to pc you should keep up to date with news more, il be enjoying my next gen gaming until then … enjoy your DX9 720p at 30fps console buddy.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      No. no we do not. We have shiny graphics, sure – but when real next generation engines start powering the games, we’ll have real next generation experiences

      • Johan du Preez

        I have a feeling that next gen they are referring to is the same as current pc gen, I cant see anything in the screenshots or video’s to convince me otherwise.