That's exactly it. I've said it before and I'll say it again that there's only two things that the next gen really needs to look next gen: Tessellation and better AI/coding. The former they're just not bothering with, which surprises me, and the latter is being held back by the previous generation. All we're seeing is the same old games with more shader spam.
Not buying the consoles right now is sensible because they're still being held back by the prior generation. What will be telling is, a year or two down the line, will console games have improved AI that match the likes of age old PC games, or will they continue to be like the 360/PS3?
Not buying it right now makes a lot of sense.
Plus, with the ridiculous prices of the new systems, it's worth waiting for them to drop. I mean, for that price you can buy a personal computer with specs that could rival the next gen whilst still adding extra bonuses (games with decent AI, games with mods, free games, emulation, lots more indie stuff due to there being no one-company controlled marketplace, game sales, bundles, and so on).
Who in their right mind wouldn't wait? I've nothing against one being a console fan as I'm sure that there will be games released for them, exclusively, which people will want. But what's the point of buying a console which, right now, does barely anything more than the current gen whilst costing the same as a mid-range personal computer?
That's a very important question. I'm not trolling at all, here. I'm sure some fanboys will kneejerk at me and accuse me of trolling, but I'm serious. Why would you buy that? It'd be like buying an Apple product, where you're paying +60% of the price for the name alone, and only proper hipsters with way too much money do that.
I guess these 'next gen' systems feel like hipster/brand bait to me. Those are the two groups it'll sell to -- the kind of hipster who has to have expensive things, and the kind of brand-chasing person who follows brands and buys based upon brand, not based upon whether a product is good.
I mean... is that price really justifiable when it just means some more particle/shader spam? And maybe, if you're lucky, some slightly improved light and shadow effects?
And this is why there wasn't really anything shown at E3 which looked next gen, there was no tessellation or anything truly impressive on offer, no new technologies. To be honest, the XBox One and PS4 games I saw looked identical to XBox 360 and Playstation 3 games I'd already seen.
Prior to this, the bonus of a console was that it was decidedly cheaper than a personal computer. Right now, you're paying... what, twice the price of the previous generation (twice that of a 360/PS3) to get a net gain in visual fidelity and effects of... maybe +5/10%? And until we see games built upon this hardware which will really sell it to us as next gen, I just don't understand why people are so excited.
I don't fap over the latest computer hardware like some people do because only 1 per cent of PC games actually use the very latest hardware. So it's just money wasted, but you will have hipsters/brand-chasers with more money than brains who'll do that.
I guess I've grown wise with my age.
I wish I could say the same for everyone else.