When fellow Nerd-Base writer Dave Chosid and I get into discussions about videogames, there is one topic that continuously comes up. What is next gen? Why upgrade? Is it just better graphics, or is there more to it? At first I didn’t have a good response for him because it seemed like he was right. I didn’t see anything else other than slightly updated graphics. As news continues to come out about both systems, I think I finally have a good idea as to what next gen is supposed to be.
This last generation was all about motion controls, and high definition. The Xbox 360 kicked everything off with HD graphics right out the gate. The original Xbox and the PS2 could do some games in HD, but it was few and far between. The PS3 and the Wii launched about a year later. The PS3 continued the trend with HD graphics, but the Wii went a different way with motion controls. After the Wii’s great success Microsoft and Sony followed suit with the Kinect, and the PlayStation Move.