Originally Posted by nyder
Not sure if most of you are young gamers or something, but this is how it always is.
See, right now, is the end of the life of the current consoles. Granted MS & Sony want to keep it going for another 5 years, but that won't happen.
Graphics evolve. Better stuff comes out. Why would you want to spend your career just programming on 5 year old tech, when there's better and new tech coming out? Not to mention that will make you fall behind when the next conoles get released, since they will be based off of the current tech.
There is a reason the Atari's, the Amiga's died to the PC. It was all about updating componets with new stuff as the tech advanced.
The problem is, MS & Sony went about making their consoles completely wrong. Nintendo, though, on the other hand, did it right. Do you know what they did?
Nintendo didn't take a loss on hardware, while MS & Sony took big losses on hardware, hoping to make it up in software. Which is why they want their consoles to last 10 years, so they can make as much money as they can. They do NOT care about their consumers, and it's apparent.
Programming is a craft, and like any craft, you need to stay current, or get left behind. Programming PS3 & 360 games isn't as current as programming PC games.
The amigas, especially the later models, were hardware expandable even at the cost of games compatibility. Amiga's demise had to do rather with poor and disastrous marketing decisions. Had the ibm pc not dominated, the amiga would have been likely the second candidate to do so and we would all use workbench.
It is just that the switch from 8 to 16 bit was more breathtaking than the evolvement of 3d graphics today.but even then talk about graphics was secondary.
That era was more diverse and groundbreaking for games. Now you only got 3 companies, kinda like a trust.