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access_time June 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM in Culture by Sean Garmer

Iwata Says Next Generation Will Not Be a Huge Upgrade

It should not surprise anyone when hardware makers take shots at each other´s prowess. It happens all the time and won´t stop until the end of days. Many people from the journalism, developing, publishing, and hardware world blasted Nintendo for making the Wii, but then were totally surprised when Nintendo proved them wrong and the Wii became the No. 1 console, with its large focus on casual gamers. So, I guess now it is Nintendo´s turn to take their shot at the “next generation” of their competition.

According to CVG, Satoru Iwata says that most consumers will not be able to tell the difference in graphical power between the PS4 and Next Xbox and their predecessors. Iwata also questions that this increase in specs would not help developers either.

“If they beef up the processing power, that simply means much more work for software developers to take advantage of those spec numbers. So, I have to ask the question if that type of differentiation really makes sense.”

The biggest question is when Microsoft and Sony will unveil those specs. Iwata says we will know when they “finalize and disclose the information next year.” So, it looks like E3 2013 might be the top destination for the gaming planet when June comes around again.


  • unlimitedlives June 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    I’m honestly not surprised that this is being said about the next generation. Technically speaking, there will be huge improvements with new engines like the Unreal 4 engine but to a regular consumer…not much will be noticeable. Gameplay mechanics will continue to improve as well as graphics but overall…nothing ground breaking.

  • Ramon Aranda June 15, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    i agree with Aris.

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