Originally Posted by Bman212121
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Not exactly sure what this will mean for games. On one hand it's possible that a lot of games will just stick with the same formula as now and have average graphics. But if in a couple of years the gap between pcs and console is so large it might make some developers decide to go for a better looking game with the pc in mind.
One good point is that like the PS2, there could be overlap between the Xbox 360 and the next console. So it might only be 3 years before the next console comes out, and the rest is overlap.
Also, one thing that occured to me is there is a good chance that there is going to be serious shifting in the market soon. With all of the talk about tablets and smartphones lately, I could see the next console possible being ARM powered and running an MS hypervisor much like the PS3 does. Then devs could make a game that would run on the pc, console, phones and tablets. Given the huge push in smartphones and integrated graphics processing power in a few more years they might be on par to where a game could potentially run on anything. Graphics won't being going up much if that's the case, but it would allow for cross platform usage. I can basically bet that the next xbox would be running Windows 8 and have access to the "app" store. On top of that MS acquistion of Sykpe for universal VoIP. The 360 is already a glorified computer, so it's not that much of a stretch to bridge the gap between gaming pc and HTPC or possibly even pc replacement.
I think the devs are chomping at the bit to get some DX11 console hardware to work with but MS and Sony have no intention of moving forward at this point. I think we are going to see a shift to more PC designed games and scaled back ports to the consoles.
Microsoft wants people to believe this so that they sell more units... and just when they get a good demographic they will screw everyone and put out new hardware expecting everyone to upgrade. Games like COD won't survive on the PC if they don't overhaul the engine soon.