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.