Since Nintendo announced the new Wii U console there has been a lot of speculation to when Sony and Microsoft would be bringing out their new gen consoles. Both companies have said that the PS3 and Xbox 360 still have a lot of life in them yet. The upcoming Battlefield 3 release could lead to some changes though with regards to the shelf life of the PS3 and Xbox 360.
An article on Oxcgn.com is looking at the fact that Battlefield 3 and the fact that the PC version will offer true 1080p HD graphics, while the version on the consoles will run at 720p HD. The PC version will also offer multi-player for up to 64 gamers, and unrestricted map size, with the consoles only supporting multi-player for a maximum of 24 players and cut down maps.
For some this means the current generation of home consoles has reached the end of their shelf life, and are now outdated. The information for the resolution the game would run at was first announced by DICE themselves. Currently no console game is available which runs at true 1080p, and modern video cards for PCs are made to run at 1080p. Consoles are designed to run at around 720p and are then up scaled.
The game on the likes of the PS3 and Xbox 360 will have some of the smaller features either taken out or cut down. These include motion blur and particle effects amongst other things, as well as reduced player count and slightly reduced maps. It is set to be a large game and being made for the PC first, and then shrunk down to fit onto a console.
With the latest blockbusters which are set to come out over the coming months it looks like the limits of the PS3 and Xbox 360 have finally been reached. If developers were able to tap into more powerful hardware the new titles could look even more impressive. The next Wii console looks like it won’t be much of a leap forward from the current offerings from Sony and Microsoft.
Gamers are now beginning year six of the current consoles with no new generations currently in sight. Owners of high end PCs can easily upgrade their hardware as technology evolves, but not everyone can afford such hardware. If Sony and Microsoft were to shortly bring out powerful new consoles the price may put many consumers off, which was one of the early problems faced by the PS3.
Do you think the current generation of consoles have come to the end of their shelf life?