Carmack “not all that excited about the next generation”

id Software code guru John Carmack has made an estimation on how much power we could expect from the next generation console hardware, and it’s not too encouraging.

According to the man, if you take “a current game like Halo” and run it at “at 1080p, 60 frames with high dynamic frame buffers, all of a sudden you’ve sucked up all the power you have in the next-generation.”

He adds: “It will be what we already have, but a lot better.

“You will be able to redesign with a focus on [Direct X 11], but it will not really change anyone’s world. It will look a lot better, it will move towards the movie rendering experience and that is better and better, but it’s not like the first time you’ve ever played an FPS.”

Here’s hoping he’s oh-so-wrong then; it would be awfully nice if the new hardware would be capable of more than running the games we have now just at somewhat higher resolutions and frame rates.

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