If New Game Console Reveals Were Honest
Okay, I am 100% in agreement with this except for the “imperceptible graphical improvements” part.
Looking at the hardware, this Xbone is leaps and bounds beyond the 360. We went from 512 MB of RAM to 8GB, and we now have a full 8 core x86-64 system on chip, instead of that weird 3 core Power PC thing in the 360. The GPU has 12 compute units (like 768 cores in total) and will have something like 1.23 TERAFLOPS worth of computing power (versus 240 Gigaflops in ye olde 360).
Outside those way-better hardware specs, the graphics of new games are going to be up to the engine and game developers. They have nothing to do with this or any other new console.
On top of that, if you look at any given console cycle, the games from the end almost always look better than those at the beginning. Why is that? RESEARCH AND INNOVATION. The hardware hasn’t changed, but you can bet your ass that the genius-grade people working on new techniques in real-time computer graphics are trying to squeeze every last bit of performance they possibly can out of that 7 year-old hardware. In all likelihood, somewhere a few years into the next console cycle, the “new graphics” will be pretty much the reality. You may not notice it because the improvements are incremental, but compare games from 2006 to those from 2013 and I think you’ll find that the difference is pretty noticeable.
You can shit on the Xbone and Microsoft all you want, I know I will, there’s plenty of fresh, steaming bullshit about the reveal and the console itself. But don’t talk shit about real-time computer graphics.