DICE's Patrick Bach has admitted to CVG that he's 'desperate' for hardware manufacturers to push forward next-gen consoles. According to Bach, Battlefield 3 will push the X360 and PS3 'to the absolute limit'.
'I don't know what the big corporations are thinking but definitely we are desperate to move on into the next generation,' said Bach. 'I think Battlefield 3 will look like a next-generation game and all the technology we're building, the whole Frostbite 2 system - the animations, audio, everything - is trying to aim for a couple of years in the future, rather than looking at what we have today.
'We are already there. If [Microsoft or Sony] were to release a new console tomorrow, the engine would scale onto that platform, because we have been looking at not only the PC technology today but also speculating what will happen tomorrow when it comes to these things. So everything from our streaming technologies [to] rendering technologies is scalable onto future platforms.'
With Epic calling for a jump too, it might not be long before we see one the big three stepping up to the plate. Not everyone thinks it would be such a good idea, though. In our interview with Valve writer Chet Faliszek, the Portal scribe told us that he felt quite often the jump happens far too early:
'You know, I’ve always felt that there’s a certain point in a console’s life cycle where people hit the sweet spot and get really good at making games for that console, but that quite often we make the jump too early. I’d say we should stick on these for a little while. There are some really, really good games coming out so I’m all for playing those for a while at least.'
What do you think? Have we just hit this generation's sweet spot, or should we be looking to jump ship? Hit us with your thoughts in the comments below.