I’m speaking anecdotally here, but it seems that any improvements in graphics, resolution, or frame rates are only going to be incremental at this point: always slightly improving, but never again making the kinds of visually stunning leaps we saw from console to console in the 1990s and 2000s (VR being a possible exception?). With that being said, I keep asking myself: “what do I want from the next generation of game consoles?”
I’m no longer looking for games to blow me away with realism or vast landscapes, since they pretty much have been for some time. That feels like table stakes at this point, and in some ways, kind of old hat.
There are obvious areas for improvement like faster load times and more storage that would be nice-to-haves, but mostly, I’m looking for more versatility in how and where I can play my games.
The Switch feels like a good console to bring up here. Having used a Switch for over a year now, I absolutely love the portability it offers. Being able to undock the console and play the same saved game on an airplane or in a hotel is just awesome, and now I find that being tied to a specific television is kind of a drag.
Unfortunately the game catalogue on the Switch is a little weak, which leaves me yearning to take my Playstion games with me in the same way. But alas, I’m stuck waiting until I get home to fire up the loud, flickering, tethered black box if I want to play the latest God of War title.
So for me, the number one thing I’d love to see moving forward is Switch style portability. I’d be thrilled if PlayStation offered hardware that lets me play my games at home OR on the go.
What are you looking for in the next generation of consoles?