Amidst all the news of the Next Xbox and PS4 launching in the very near future - 2012, if we're to believe the rumors - Gearbox Software co-founder, president and all-round Dealspwn hero, Randy Pitchford, has come out in defense of our current crop of home consoles, stating they're "fortunate" to have lasted so long, and that a new generation would prioritize "technical challenges" over "craft".
"We've been very fortunate enough to have a life-cycle as such where the focus is on content now," explains Pitchford in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine. Having spent the last five or six years wrangling the tech, we're now starting to see what developers are truly capable of delivering when unleashed from technical hurdles. "We don't have to worry - we've all learned how to use these machines, and we're not wrestling with how to get things to work anymore, now we're focusing our attention on the entertainment and the content and the kind of challenges that we offer and the rewards for those challenges".
Pitchford explains that, when features such as graphics and performance have been pretty much sorted, developers can begin to focus on what truly sets their titles apart, promoting creativity and industry instead of simply layering a parallax texture on a wall so the bricks look good. "It's really getting into the craft of game making as opposed to the technical challenges of software development, and that's really exciting".
Wise words from a man we're all big fans of here at Dealspwn. When I look at the current crop of upcoming titles - Gears of War 3, Arkham City, Elder Scrolls V - I'm inclined to believe Pitchford. This generation isn't spent just yet. [OXM]