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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

At this year’s E3, Microsoft announced the code name for the next big console, calling it “Project Scarlett,” and in recent weeks, some rumors surrounding PlayStation 5 have also surfaced. It’s clear that gamers are ready for the next big leap. We’ve had the current generation of consoles for nearly six years, and while we still likely have a couple more to go, we’re always hungry to see what they have around the corner. What new innovations will help drive the industry forward?

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if we’re to believe the word of one developer…not much. Platinum Games Studios (Bayonetta) head Atsushi Inaba recently spoke with VGC at E3, and when asked about the exciting stuff of the future, he pretty much said we can, of course, likely expect better graphics, smoother, performance and such, but not much else.

“But it’s more of the same, quite frankly, compared to previous generations. It’s nothing that’s disruptive or super innovative, if you ask me. Game hardware used to be about custom chips that you couldn’t do on PCs. Now you look at it and they’re just grabbing stuff that already exists.

“The Switch, for example, is a Tegra which already existed and the other consoles are using very similar chips and graphics cards to what you see on PCs, but maybe slightly updated. None of it seems unique to that hardware anymore.”

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Inaba continued:

“It’s hard to get excited about stuff that kind of already exists, but has been repurposed to a certain degree.”

“That’s why for me, things like cloud platforms represent innovation and something very, very different – they’re platforms that excite me and where I feel there is a lot more innovation happening.”

I have to agree with Inaba. With the exception of Nintendo, actual hardware innovation seems to be stunted. It’s difficult to tell what the next big thing is going to be, but I think we can all agree that cloud-based gaming is something that will likely be the future, for better and for worse.

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SOURCE: Video Games Chronicle

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.