There are plenty of things for gamers to be excited for. The Xbox One and PS4 are just about to launch, and will round out the eighth generation of consoles. However, Cliff Bleszinski, former design director at Epic Games, says he's more excited about some of the 'disruptive' technology that is preparing to launch. When asked by [a]listdaily during an interview that was posted last Friday, Cliff B. cited the Oculus Rift VR headset and Valve's newly announced Steam Box as things that will define the next generation.
When I think about my gamer instincts and where I'm going to see a lot of the most disruptive and innovative gaming I don't see it in the $250 million budgeted game that cost $100 million to market.
He went on to say that he's been more excited to play indie titles like the 90's throwback Gone Home, than he has been about any console release. He has yet to crack open Grand Theft Auto V, due in part to the game's massive scale. He compares the amount of time it will consume to the famously long novel War and Peace. Bleszinski isn't worried about the current console makers, however.
I think Sony and Microsoft are going to do just fine and it's a known entity. A known entity is not that exciting to me. It's the disruptive things that are exciting to me.
In a market that has become so focused on stronger hardware and cutting-edge graphics, a working virtual reality headset and alternative approach to console-making may be what gaming needs to stay fresh.