Lately for some reason or other I've found myself thinking about the next gen consoles quite a lot . What excites me the most is not necessarily new games and new IP's. These come along every year or so without new consoles. What gets me really excited is looking at how much fun I'm having with current gen games and thinking about how they could be better!
Case in point is Far Cry 3. I'm loving it, only a few missions in but spent hours hunting and crafting and killing dudes around the island. I'm playing it on the PS3 and there is quite a bit of pop in, and sometimes things look a bit jank far off. It's amazing right now but this game with updated back end technology would be INSANE! Once I started thinking about that , as I played the game I couldn't stop myself from thinking about loads of things that would be amazing for a game like Far Cry 3 on the new consoles. Aside from removing pop in and texture stuff one such idea was if weather actually affected the environment, (streams and rivers forming in heavy rain, Snow that starts falling and builds up, sea storms).
Now I don't make games, nor am I interested in coding or the hardware in consoles. So I don't know if the leap from the PS3 to the PS4/next xbox will be as large as the leap from PS2-PS3. I don't care if my PS4 has a gigafusion drive or a technoswish box inside it. (i should probably go into hardware marketing with names like that), but those of you who do love that side of things. Do the rumours about next gen hardware suggest that my ideas could even be possible?!
At any rate what is it that excites you about the new consoles?