With all this talk of the next generation, we have to accept the inevitability of a new round of consoles.
And that means we have to accept that this generation should be drawing to a close within the next couple of years (although developers will continue to produce titles for the PS3, 360, and Wii, I'm sure).
As of right now, what little I'm seeing of The Last Of Us appears head-and-shoulders above the competition in terms of graphical presentation and technical capability. The latest trailer is just more evidence of Naughty Dog's amazing ability to make the PlayStation 3 do things no other console can do. So I think it's fair to assume that the game will look better than anything we've seen before it.
No, I don't believe that's being presumptuous; we know Naughty Dog's history, we've seen how the Uncharted titles have raised the graphics bar with each successive installment, and we know The Last Of Us isn't even close to being done…yeah, it could look better than what we're seeing in the trailers. And even if it doesn't, I still can't think of a worthy competitor outside of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception . Now, if we include PC in the discussion, it's feasible that Crysis 3 could top everything when it releases next year, and that's a viable point.
But to be perfectly honest, and I really don't give a crap what the PC fans think, both of the last two Uncharted 's topped Crysis 2 in the overall visual presentation category in my estimation. And yes, I've seen Crysis 2 running on monster PCs with max settings; it didn't change my opinion in the slightest. But that's a whole other argument. The point is that The Last Of Us may arrive at a time when the generation is drawing to a close, developers are already working on next-gen titles, and let's face it, the Xbox 360 and Wii have long since been tapped out.
The last possibility would have to be a PS3 exclusive in my mind, and I suppose that could be God of War: Ascension , or maybe something off in the future…but Uncharted 4 , Killzone 4 , and Gran Turismo 6 might all be PS4 titles. So at this point, I think it's very possible that The Last Of Us may go down in history as having the best graphics of this generation.
Related Game(s): The Last Of Us