PS4 Neo And Xbox Scorpio Are The True Next-Gen, To Offer A Bigger Leap Than PS3 To PS4: Analyst
According to analyst Michael Goodman, PlayStation Neo and Project Scorpio are actually going to show the graphics potential current gen consoles have not been able to deploy since their announcement in 2013. Based on his opinion, we learn that the leap between PS3 and PS4 hasn't been as big as it was from PS2 to PS3.
"The software this generation has been less impactful [compared to the PS2 to PS3 jump]. If you look at the improvement in the quality of gameplay both visually and also in terms of gameplay itself, the degree of improvement this generation is less noticeable. I don't want to say there's no improvement because there absolutely is from the PS3 to the PS4 and from the 360 to the Xbox One, but the level of improvement has been less noticeable," Goodman said.
"If Neo and Scorpio achieve their promise, they have the potential to show that big leap forward in terms of gaming that we didn't see in this generation of gaming.
"We're moving into the world of 4K gaming with significantly more processing power, which in theory should give developers the ability to create more immersive games and significantly better looking games, assuming you have a 4KTV. I think we then have something that's more similar to the jump from PS2 to PS3 and 360 to Xbox One,"
So it looks like we'll need some time to see how Project Scorpio and PlayStation Neo will actually behave once they're on the market. But how much time precisely? Goodman added that consoles don't usually offer their best performances until the third or fourth generation of software, so it might take at least a couple or three years for this to happen. Is this something the mid-gen upgrades business model can afford at all?
Are we destined to be constantly offered games that are not expressing the true potential of the machines they run on? It looks we'll see pretty soon, as both Scorpio and Neo release in 2017.