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I think it is a further sign of the continued shift of developer's/publisher's focus onto consoles but game's graphics have not been getting much better the last 3 years or so.

I can think of a few games that look really good and one of them is 3 years old, Crysis. I can't think of any game that has obviously better graphics than Crysis and I think we all know part of the reason is that Crysis was PC exclusive and could afford to push the envelope. Even Crysis 2, from what I've seen of the demo at least, doesn't really look better.(To clarify this was on a co-worker's machine, I didn't download it)

Anyway it is a little depressing, especially when put all this money into a kick ass gaming rig and then suffer through copy and pasted console ports like Bulletstorm. After giving Bulletstorm a shot, I think I gave it three hours of gameplay, I uninstalled it and went back to play some Dreamkiller, an older People Can Fly game.

I guess we'll have to wait several more years for new consoles to come out before we see games with better graphics.

My dream world is one where just as many PC exclusives come out as console exclusives, where only a small percentage of new games are first person shooters and one where every other game was NOT a sequel in some worked to death franchise.

*Please don't bother posting with "Its never going to happen", I am familiar with current market realities. What would be cool is you post what your dream PC gaming market would look like!
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There are still more PC exclusives than console. Most of these are made by indie developers though.
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post #3 of 26
Tbh, I don't mind graphics not really advancing. I actually find myself having the most fun in indie 2D games, not the overly beautified 3D games, like Crysis. But, I also agree that graphics haven't really advanced lately.
     
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I think graphics are still improving, but slowly. However I think gameplay is going downhill. My favorite games are still ones from 8 years ago or older. I think developers are focusing on graphics and not content.

I honestly don't care what the game looks like as long as it is decent. Give me content and quality gameplay!

I feel it is unwise for a developer to push the envelope with graphics. People with high end video cards are a very small percentage of the actual game market. If they cater to the people with elite rigs they will shoot themselves in the foot. I think that is why games aren't advancing so much graphics wise.

It also probably has to do with the amount of time it takes to make a game. The more detail you add the longer it takes to make a game. That adds cost to the development.
    
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post #5 of 26
I dont think that graphics are able to improve much more without importing real acting into animated action. I have been thinking of this same topic myself. This could signify the peak of our capabilities. Maybe we cannot progress anymore. Maybe this is as advanced as we can get. Now the aliens will come and harvest us of our technology and resources.
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sadly i agree completely with you mygaffer

working with your dream world .. i would love to see some sim racing games come out with new and shiny graphics engines
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post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by [nK]Sharp View Post
There are still more PC exclusives than console. Most of these are made by indie developers though.
I don't know if that is literally true, but there are definitely a lot of indie games out there and the most innovative games are still definitely coming out on PC.
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Unfortunately for PCs, graphics will advance at a very slow rate, due to such vast varieties of hardware configurations. For consoles, since developers have only one piece of hardware to focus on, they can optimise and become very efficient. Developers are generally lazy, so imagine trying to optimise your game for hundreds of different PCs. The enthusiasts are the minority. Take the Sims 3 for example. Who buys those games? The majority are people with laptops and integrated graphics or very low end cards. Developers want sales, above everything else, by having a life-like game that no-one can play, they'll have wasted money and time.
    
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Think about Crysis selling 3 million copies. I haven't found someone who wasn't an enthusiast or at least a poser that owns that game. They must have sold it to a large percentage of hobbyist like us. When the PS4 and the Xbox 720 are released we might see some better graphics. And thats if they use some high end hardware, if not it will be the same not even 720p graphics as always. My dream market is one where consoles run x86 processors with proper amounts of memory and high end video cards. Maybe the Xbox 720 iif released today would have at least a core i5 quad core with a GTX 560 1gb dedicated vram and 4gb system. But we will probably get some PowerPC stuff with bargain bin video cards. I can see it now, 3 or 4 years from now when th next Xbox releases it will have a gpu comparable to a GT430, and they will present it as "The ultimate HD gaming, ever!". I wish consoles would hurry up and release something more powerful. It was old tech when they released! and now we are almost 6 years into the future. I don't even remember what monitor or computer I used back then!
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Ps3 gpu is similar to a 7800gtx if i remember. But yet that console has exclusives that put pc games to shame. Heavy rain, gow 3, kz3 all look fantastic.
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