Are next-generation games that will also be available on current generation platforms going to have a big enough of a difference to warrant an Xbox One or PS4 purchase?
Well according to Need for Speed: Rivals creative director Craig Sullivan, who spoke with DigitalSpy yesterday, there isn’t any real difference between the current and next-generation versions of the game.
“There will be other little bits and pieces that we can’t talk about yet, and maybe the amount of players. But ultimately the games will be the same, it’s just there will be slight tweaks and modifications for the next-gen versions,” Sullivan said.
Having just read what Sullivan said, he goes on to elaborate further by describing some of the differences that people will see between say the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions.
“With the power of next-gen, we can have stormy days. You can drive and the lighting dynamically changes, we have thunder and lightning going off, and rain splattering off the cars, the floor’s wet and cool. Visuals are going to be way better, they already are. You’ve seen the games out there, they’re really good. We’re at the forefront of that.
“The video sharing stuff is really cool. It was always something you had to do in software on current-gen, now it’s a lot easier on new consoles to do that, and it’s less intensive on a development team to support that, so you’re going to find, ten times, a hundred times more video of people playing being pumped onto YouTube and sharing with your friends.
“You might find that you’re playing through and something unexpected happens, and the development team didn’t design it in, it’s just one of the systems running,” Sullivan said.
Now these comments do seem to contradict each other a bit. Saying the current and next-generation versions won’t be different at all, and then discussing the aspects that some would view as significantly different, it’s a bit confusing.
Gamers who are on the fence about buying an Xbox One or PS4 just want to know whether or not these next-gen versions of games are going to warrant a $400 or $500 purchase this year. It’s an extremely fair thing to ask and want to know.
Really, this puts the onus on reviewers of the Xbox One and PS4 consoles and games to be extremely honest and forward about these things. There will be many, many people who are relying on their feedback.
You don’t have to worry about what coverage we will be providing since we are planning unprecedented Xbox One and PS4 review coverage. You probably will end up saying to yourself, “Today, I feel good about buying (or not buying) a next-gen console.”
After all, as a consumer that’s what you want to feel when you make a significant purchase like you will when you buy a PS4 or Xbox One.