Even if the journalist was being fair (I have not doubt he wasn't) there is nothing saying that Sony or Microsoft will be able to produce a system that some people would define as "Next Generation" for quite some time ...
Crysis 2 at its highest detail settings running at 1080p is a very impressive game and is far beyond what the HD consoles can do technically, but when you look at the HD console versions of the same game the graphical leap is far smaller than the leap from the PS2 to the PS3; which itself was a much smaller difference than the leap from the Playstation to the PS2.
To get the visual jump that many people associate with a generational jump Sony and Microsoft may need hardware that doesn't exist and may not be available for several years.
people have unreasonable expectations. hell even if wii u was showing battlefield 3 in full maximum settings they would still expect the ps4 to look way better than that.
they think the new ps4 is going to have games that look better than any game that has been made today. its just stupid. the pc's are already stronger than the ps4 will most likely be, so why would the ps4 have better looking games than a pc can do?