With the announcement of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, we also got news that the AAA developer is dropping development for games on the previous platforms. This means from now on they are focusing their efforts solely on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. There has been some outcry from this announcement, but why? Let’s take a look at why it’s time to say goodbye to the past generation of consoles.
Let’s get to the most obvious case for this argument: graphics. We all know that as long as a developer is making sure a game runs well on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it simply will not look as good as it possibly can. Although it’s not an astronomical leap, there is a notable difference from games that were made with the previous generation in mind and those that are exclusive to only the current generation.
I think that a year and change in, it’s only fair for the millions and millions of people that own these new consoles that developers start to shift their efforts to really harness the power of the newer machines.
I’m not saying that playing games on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is a bad thing. I’m just saying that being mad that developers are slowly stopping development for systems that are nine to ten years old is just a bit silly and a losing battle to fight.
I would understand if this past generation was a short one, but like I previously mentioned were going on almost a decade for these machines. Expecting brand new games to run on them is a bit shortsighted.
I truly believe that it is time that we hand the power over to the developers and give them the ability to develop their games solely for the current generation of consoles. Yes the install base may not be as high, but as you increase the number of great games on these platforms, the number of owners will increase. Hell, look at the PS4. It’s numbers are amazing at the moment and there really isn’t a huge library of must have games for it (and that’s coming from a day one buyer).
I just want to see how much games will improve when we finally ditch the old tech and harness what the PS4 and Xbox One can do on their own. Graphics will improve and the added power will give developers more to be creative with. Personally, I can not wait to see what games will look like when the 360 and PS3 and left for their new counterparts.