More and more, society is becoming dependent upon grabbing up the latest and greatest in technology and anything that streamlines the way we live. Every six months a new iPhone or Galaxy is released as if it was a necessity, with very little changed from the previous iteration but with an extremely high price point. Maybe the processor is pushed to 11, or a few pixels are added to the resolution, but nothing major that completely justifies a 600 dollar piece of tech. This is also mirrored with tablets, desktops and laptops a couple times a year, which heavily saturates the market and exacerbates the situation.
Thankfully, new gaming consoles and handhelds are never released as such, leaving at least five years in between each new system. However, this period of time is becoming largely unnecessary. These new consoles are so dense and the their capabilities are hardly fully reached before the next system is released. When the PlayStation 2 was nearing the end its life cycle and becoming obsolete, only then were developers finally understanding the consoles graphic capabilities. When the PlayStation 3 was unveiled, developers were still making games for the previous console, like the God of War and Final Fantasy games to name a few, which started looking simply stunning. The look of these games could stand side by side the launch titles of the PlayStation 3 graphically, but we would never know what could have been accomplished as the system was rendered obsolete.
This trend was replicated with the X Box 360 and the PlayStation 3 now that the newest consoles have launched, leaving developers no choice but to turn away from the last gen consoles and look forward to the bright future. But did these last gen consoles truly get the love and attention they deserved? With titles like Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider and FarCry 3 gamers were shocked and amazed by the stunning capabilities that these last gen consoles were able to achieve. This was a perfect situation in gaming history, but yet again these consoles limits were hardly reached, and sadly will never be fulfilled as developers now turn their attention to the PlayStation 4 and X Box One.
This begs the question: are we doing these consoles justice by abandoning them before their thresholds are realized? The gaming public does not need better hardware, especially since it takes developers years to comprehend its parameters. What they do need is better games, especially since the latest titles for these last gen consoles were so beautifully created. Microsoft and Sony should take a breath and allow their creations to do what they were made to do. Afterall, what more do we need from games? The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto 5's graphics were astonishing, and seemed exactly where we needed to be. How soon are these games going to cease to appear as games and become nothing more than James Cameron's Avatar.
This may seem like a bold statement and many may disagree with these thoughts, however you cannot argue the fact that the PlayStation 3 and X Box 360 still had so much more to offer, and the latest titles were proving just that. Sure, the thought of what sights and sounds the next gen consoles will provide is certainly curious. Games have come a long way in the last 30 years graphically, and it is a shame to throw in the towel for these consoles before really giving them a chance. Maybe this is a product of waste not want not, but ask yourself. What more do we want from these machines? It certainly won't kill us to wait a few more years to see this realized, will it? It may be time to stop reaching and clawing for more, and simply be content with what has been achieved and revel in its glory. On the other hand, Fallout 4 would be glorious on the PlayStation 4 graphic engine...