Game development expert John Carmack believes that the next generation of video game consoles won't be anything to write home about. Carmack said in a recent interview that he was admittedly optimistic about the increased rendering power of an Xbox 720 or PS4, but beyond that he has no grand vision of what to expect. We may be hitting the point of diminishing returns.
"Any creative vision that a designer could come up with, we can do a pretty good job representing on current generation and certainly on PC. In many ways I am not all that excited about the next generation. It will let us do everything we want to do now, with the knobs turned up," Carmack said.
He continued, "If you take a current game like Halo which is a 30 hertz game at 720p; if you run that at 1080p, 60 frames with high dynamic frame buffers, all of a sudden you've sucked up all the power you have in the next-generation. It will be what we already have, but a lot better."
We are at a point in the console gaming landscape that is completely uncharted territory. Case in point - the Xbox 360 was released in late 2005, almost seven years ago. Never before has a console lived that long with not even an official hint about its successor.