The Next-Gen Jump
Can ray-tracing and SSDs be compared to the transition from 2D to 3D?
Xbox big cheese Phil Spencer has taken to Twitter and answered questions about which technologies make the Xbox Series X stand out.
Spencer even made the bold claim that the the transition to the next generation of console hardware will be as dramatic as the mid-90s shift from 2D to 3D.
“I’m very focused on the work we are doing around Dynamic Latency Input (DLI),” said Spencer. “In my view the feel of games this upcoming generation will change as dramatically as any since 2D to 3D given CPU upgrade, DLI, memory bandwidth and SSD.”
- It’s hard to take the claims seriously until we see any next-gen games
- According to Sony, SSD drives will virtually eliminate loading times
Games or GTFO: Spencer has been active on Twitter recently, and let fly some choice buzzwords in response to fans wondering about Microsoft’s plans for Xbox: “I’ve never been more excited about Xbox plans. We’ve heard you, you want transparency/authenticity. We plan to keep showing that way, next step is not too much of a wait (games)”
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which console was the first Monster Hunter game released on?
- PlayStation Portable
- Sega Saturn
- PlayStation 2
- Nintendo DS
The Naughty Dog Interactive Universe
The Last of Us was in development for two years before anyone outside Naughty Dog knew about it.
The Last of Us was originally meant to be announced ahead of Uncharted 3’s launch, and a newspaper in the Uncharted 3 intro even references scientists struggling to understand a new and deadly disease.
Of course, The Last of Us also references Uncharted: A scene in a bar is lifted almost directly from Uncharted, and the bar is even named after Nathan Drake’s partner Victor Sullivan.
It seems like the two series take place in the same universe, and carry loads of references to each other. Who knows, maybe you’ll fight a shroomified bandicoot in The Last of Us Part II?