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The last time a console game really blew my mind graphically was Uncharted 2 back in 2009.

Since then, ironically it's only the Switch that has delivered that "wow how is this even running" feeling for me and only in the sense of "I can't believe this is running on a portable device". With greater limitations always placing it several years behind console tech, mobile tech didn't hit diminishing returns quite so soon; Switch's leap over 3DS/Vita was a lot more impressive to me than PS3 to PS4 or 360 to Xbox One. 



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The last game that made me genuinely go "wow" was Crysis... On PC.... In 2007.
It was a step up from anything the 7th gen consoles were doing... Before that it was Halo on the OG Xbox... And before that, Perfect Dark on the Nintendo 64 and before that, Donkey Kong on the SNES.

Since then I have been impressed with various games like Metro, Battlefield, Ryse, Horizon: Zero Dawn and so on... But none that have made me rush out and buy new hardware to experience something at it's absolute best or made me spend untold hours looking at minute details that makes a scene look pretty.



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It was definitely the 7th generation for me. So around 2005 or 2006. Sure the games looked better than what was on the Gamecube or Xbox, but not by that much. And more often then not, the increased focus on graphics also seemed to come with less in game content. I want more game modes, more levels, more options. I don't care if the graphics have to take a hit to get that.



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Always.



mZuzek said:
Always.

Everybody experiences diminishing vision when they get older.



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Mar1217 said:
mZuzek said:
Always.

Everybody experiences diminishing vision when they get older.

Yes, I think I'm slowly but surely beginning to notice this sad fate.

But I mean, really, diminishing returns in graphics is something I've always noticed since being a kid. That isn't to say a game's graphics never blew me away, it just means the gap between each console generation is noticeably smaller than the previous - maybe not in technical terms, but visually, for sure. 6th gen blew me away as a kid, 7th gen not so much, 8th gen ehhh, 9th gen I don't even care about, graphically. It's just whatever at this point.



curl-6 said:

The last time a console game really blew my mind graphically was Uncharted 2 back in 2009.

Since then, ironically it's only the Switch that has delivered that "wow how is this even running" feeling for me and only in the sense of "I can't believe this is running on a portable device". With greater limitations always placing it several years behind console tech, mobile tech didn't hit diminishing returns quite so soon; Switch's leap over 3DS/Vita was a lot more impressive to me than PS3 to PS4 or 360 to Xbox One. 

Honestly it depends on the game. Batman AK on ps4/xbox makes batman origins look like a vita game, same thing for RDR2 vs red redemption 1. i just watched some gameplay of uncharted 2 and it looks so dated. I honestly feel switch jump from vita is the same as ps3 to ps4. it's just took developers much longer to get a grip with the hardware to take real advantage of it.



linkink said:
curl-6 said:

The last time a console game really blew my mind graphically was Uncharted 2 back in 2009.

Since then, ironically it's only the Switch that has delivered that "wow how is this even running" feeling for me and only in the sense of "I can't believe this is running on a portable device". With greater limitations always placing it several years behind console tech, mobile tech didn't hit diminishing returns quite so soon; Switch's leap over 3DS/Vita was a lot more impressive to me than PS3 to PS4 or 360 to Xbox One. 

Honestly it depends on the game. Batman AK on ps4/xbox makes batman origins look like a vita game, same thing for RDR2 vs red redemption 1. i just watched some gameplay of uncharted 2 and it looks so dated. I honestly feel switch jump from vita is the same as ps3 to ps4. it's just took developers much longer to get a grip with the hardware to take real advantage of it.

PS3/360 do indeed look technically dated now, but I still haven't seen anything on PS4 that leaves PS3's best quite as far behind as later PS3 games did to anything on the PS2. 

When I look at something like Metro Exodus maxed out and raytraced on PC, now THAT looks like a proper generational leap over PS3/360 to the extent of prior leaps, in my eyes anyway.



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curl-6 said:
linkink said:

Honestly it depends on the game. Batman AK on ps4/xbox makes batman origins look like a vita game, same thing for RDR2 vs red redemption 1. i just watched some gameplay of uncharted 2 and it looks so dated. I honestly feel switch jump from vita is the same as ps3 to ps4. it's just took developers much longer to get a grip with the hardware to take real advantage of it.

PS3/360 do indeed look technically dated now, but I still haven't seen anything on PS4 that leaves PS3's best quite as far behind as later PS3 games did to anything on the PS2. 

When I look at something like Metro Exodus maxed out and raytraced on PC, now THAT looks like a proper generational leap over PS3/360 to the extent of prior leaps, in my eyes anyway.

You have crazy high unrealistic  expectations. That PC is like a 100x jump compared to ps3. I don't how you can look most ps4 games in not see a generational leap in graphics. Remember not being blown away is understandable as we get older it's get harder to be impressed, but looking at most Big ps4 sequels from developers, and sony the generational leap is clear as day.



linkink said:
curl-6 said:

PS3/360 do indeed look technically dated now, but I still haven't seen anything on PS4 that leaves PS3's best quite as far behind as later PS3 games did to anything on the PS2. 

When I look at something like Metro Exodus maxed out and raytraced on PC, now THAT looks like a proper generational leap over PS3/360 to the extent of prior leaps, in my eyes anyway.

You have crazy high unrealistic  expectations. That PC is like a 100x jump compared to ps3. I don't how you can look most ps4 games in not see a generational leap in graphics. Remember not being blown away is understandable as we get older it's get harder to be impressed, but looking at most Big ps4 sequels from developers, and sony the generational leap is clear as day.

I'm not talking about a leap in terms of quantifiable computing power, I'm talking about the subjective perceptual effect of diminishing returns.

To me the gap between gen 7 and 8 just isn't as impressive as past generation gaps.



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