Nice read OP! Rep+
However, and despite your argument being formally true, the material truth is that:
Originally Posted by Vhati
the term console port no longer even involves true porting. It is a term used when a game is developed and designed around the weakest link, a console. Just like other words and terms have evolved over time, so did this one.
Because the game design starts with the idea of what can we do on a console, rather than what can we do with a PC. Cross platform Engines are an excellent example of this. Along with not redesigning UIs and other things to take advantage of the PC. The term Console port is an appropriate term to be used when describing a game regardless of the engine that was used. As the term is no longer even refering to what the OP is stating at this point.
Console port is the equivalent to consolitis now.
And rep+ to you too!
It is in fact more and more like you said. As the OP said, it is much easier right now to code for the three platforms at the same time using a unified engine, but as the consoles grow older and older the design decisions are based on what the consoles can do, and not exactly on what a Pentium 4 and a Geforce 6/7 series card can do. Consoles ports will probably be very effective at using multiple cores (not the case of a Pentium 4 certainly), but be lacking in the graphics department.
Anyway, according to another post, the "Xbox 720" is already being tested at EA. It's true that the current consoles can still be called what some consider "good enough", but it's also true that consoles in general don't last more than 7 years before the successor arrives. And guess what ? The Xbox turns 6 this year. So it won't be long before this console port talk will die for a few more years.
Looking at the consoles release schedules over the years, we can say that, on average a console is replaced every 5 or 6 years. That would put the Xbox 360 being replaced later this year or the next, and Sony's PS3 being replaced next year. I personally don't buy the argument they won't release a new console until the current ones are 10 years old.
Nintendo 64: 1996
Master System: 1985
Mega Drive: 1988
Xbox 360: 2005Edited by tpi2007 - 5/6/11 at 11:01pm