While we're already starting to hear whispers about the next generation of consoles, many publishers and developers are hoping it's a good ways off.
Take THQ, for example: core games boss Danny Bilson says quite frankly that the arrival of the PS4 and Xbox 720 within the next three years would be "horrible." During a Eurogamer interview , Bilson reacted strongly to the possibility of all new hardware within the next few years:
"It would be horrible. But I think they all know our model's broken anyway. It still costs us a fortune to make games on this platform. If they're going to up the scale, up the art, up the content, I don't know how to make that and sell it to anybody for under $100 a game.
Who wants to do that? It's bad for everybody."
Right now, he says they've finally gotten to the point where they "understand" the consoles, and now they need more time to get "creative with them." In other words, designers don't have to waste a lot of time going, "oh my God, how are we going to deal with that new technology?" They can focus on the artistic; the creative; in other words, their overall vision. Added Bilson:
"That's the trick. We're not going to get beat by another hardware upgrade like every five years like it was before. There will be little things. It's up to us to compete in graphics and creativity. Sometimes I hope good creativity and style will be able to be more important. It is more important.
As long as we're creatively satisfied as gamers by what we're getting, I'm really satisfied. I still see cooler stuff, better stuff. So much is in the software engineering and working with the technology. I look at games and I go, wow, how did they get such great characters?"
Well, we all know it takes developers a while to get comfortable with new hardware, especially when it comes to Sony and the PlayStation. For the time being, we're perfectly happy with waiting four or five more years before another console arrives…but we have a feeling the PS4 might drop a little before that. Remember, we're over 4 years into this generation already…