Will Console Games Ever Look As Good As Top End PC’s?
Posted by TheDaddy on Monday, 5th April, 2010
Will console games ever look as good as top end PC’s?
With the release this Half Life 2 Mod created on the CryEngine 2. Which show’s off Dynamic Shadows and lighting, I found myself asking the question, will the games on my PS3 or 360 ever look this good?
The reason I bought my 360, was because I finally felt that consoles had nearly caught up with the top PC’s in the looks department, now I’m not so sure, you all know that I believe that good graphics, aren’t everything, but done in the right way they can help create an immersive atmosphere to lose yourself in.
Metro 2033 was a good case in point, as the lighting and shadows helped to create a really oppressive feel to the game, but due to the limitations of the system other area’s seemed to suffer as a result, as some of the other textures were adequate at best. In the footage above you can see how realistic the shadows in this Mod are, and would help to create a realistic environment.
Below is a screen-shot from the PC version of Crysis, is this generation of console ever going to have a game that looks like that?really?
What I want to know is this, are we as console gamers happy to accept compromise, or is it time for the next console to be built?
Last year Uncharted 2 was applauded as a graphical triumph, this year GOW 3, Mass Effect 2 and Heavy Rain, have been given that accolade, and the upcoming Alan Wake is being touted as looking amazing, but I’m just not convinced, I mean lets be honest here, console developers are doing well within the limits of the hardware, but how can software advance when the hardware is 4-5 years old?, as games become more sophisticated, so does the power needed to run them.
I don’t know, maybe I’m expecting too much, and maybe it doesn’t matter, but for some reason every time I put the next biggest game since sliced bread into the slot, at the back of my mind, I am always a little disappointed, because it never quite lives up to expectation.