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.
I agree. And that was precisely my response to another poster who said the WiiU is underpowered. The technological jump from PS3 to PS4 and 360 to NextBox will truly underwhelm a lot of people who are expecting consoles three to four times as powerful.
And in response to superchunk's post, it seems the media still has an axe to grind with Nintendo.