I understand what you mean, and even though everything is improving Gen by Gen, what really makes the jump evident is the Graphics department, with bigger scale, maps, more complex environment, etc. I would like to see much more enhancement in the game-play mechanics, interactions, system collision, animations and AI most of all. Give me a break if I'm wrong, but I feel like AI is the least improved factor going from gen to gen.
We need far better CPUs in the next Gen consoles in order to see the improvements is such departements; also our expectations play a big rule, and for a massive jump in physics, animations, system collision and interactions, much advanced AI and gameplay mechanics, how much more CPU power we need? 4X, 5X...I'm not a super tech guy, maybe the ones with much better understandings may answer.
Starting from the 3rd gen where consoles really became notable, we saw huge leaps with each gen. Not just in graphics but game design. The 8th gen is the first time I haven't felt that leap per se.
If the problem was really CPU related I genuinely feel like some developers would be making cutting edge gaming experiences on PC. I mean Steam has a big enough audience to support exclusive experiences like that. I think its more game design issue than lack of power.
Either way, I'm still enjoying games but the wow factor hasn't been there in a long time outside of visual stuff.
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