Originally Posted by FrankJ.Cone
We are MANY years away from this, partially because of choices made in game development.
The next step is 1080P in every AAA title, this will leave less resources available for the "fluff" that you mention. (I point to the God of War dev for this... the first mention is 1080P, not AI, physics or destructable areas)
The features you mention (other than 100% destructible environments) are available in many games, but of course not all together.
There is no console out today that can give us half of your list, there is probably not a console on the drawing table that will. But its coming. Piece by piece developers are getting there.
As usually we can expect to see these features used together on the PC years before we see them on our consoles.
I think that us hardcore game afficianados hoped that this gen would deliver that. Then the reality of the 360 launch titles put things in perspective. Gears of War gave us a glimpse...and now Motorstorm has given us another glimpse. This gen is definatley not gonna be a "lucid dream" or "4-d".
But I really feel that destructibility MAY be possible on top of the other performance factors in a few years. Maybe on both consoles...but if I had to pick one that would have the best shot...it would be the PS3 (just my opinion based upon my interpretation of it's potential...please stay away fanboys, you don't need to convince me that the PS3's potential is zero and the 360 is superior. I own both consoles and will buy games based upon which games I think are better, not based upon my favorite console). That's a lot of "If's" and "maybe's" though.
It comes down to how much more performance can devs get out of the next gen consoles (360 and PS3). I don't consider the Wii next gen. I was actually thinking about getting one and went to a friends house to play it. Well, after Motorstorm on a high end 40 in. LCD the Wii looked like a joke. Worse yet, the motion sensing seemed gimmicky and definatley not something that I had any interest long term. Controllers are just fine for me. If I wanted to swing a bat I would go play baseball, not a video game version. Worse yet, flicking you'r wrist produced the same effect as an all out swing with both hands...lame. The motion sensitivity seemed convoluted and not really in synch with speed or gradations in my movement. Mize well push a button rather than flick my wrist.
I definately left wondering why the incredible Wii hype....as if they had stepped back from the technology arms race of next gen consoles and actually produced a superior game system! By going low tech plus innovationthey had slayed the next gen giants. Wrong.
It reminds me of a gamecube without a controller.
For the record...I am not dissing Wii owners. It is a pretty cool system overall and the wand is innovative. Just doesn't do it for me and I can't understand the hype.