At a time when throwin'-around-money is tighter than ever, Ubisoft's Yves Jacquier is ready for us all to retire the current generation of consoles and move on to the next collection of hardware. Game Informer covers an interview over at GamesIndustry.biz in which the executive director of production service explains frustration with having to shoehorn amazing ideas into the tiny confines of the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. Here's a quote:
"Our challenge with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is that we're extremely limited in what we can do. It's a challenge for the engineers to provide nice graphics and nice AI and nice sound with a very small amount of memory and computation time. We think that the next generation of consoles won't have these limits any more. Games might have more realistic graphics and more on-screen, but what's the value of making something more realistic and better animated if you have poor AI?"
I don't know about you, but I'm still perfectly happy with my PS3. There are still riveting games being developed for it, it still looks visually impressive, and it offers the functionality I expect from a modern video game console. I don't see the need to retire it right now in favor of a PlayStation 4 just because Ubisoft is feeling a little developmentally confined. Plenty of other studios are doing magnificent work without expressing this kind of frustration in the press, and make no mistake that complaining about this kind of thing in interviews is meant to prod Sony and Microsoft into expediting their next generation console plans lest a powerful third-party player grow restless and unhappy. It's business grandstanding and the rest of us are caught in the middle. There will come a time for new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, but it's not right now.
Nintendo, on the other hand...