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John Carmack: Next-Generation Won't Be An "Epic" Leap Forward

Felix Kemp
id Software, John Carmack, Next Generation

John Carmack: Next-Generation Won't Be An "Epic" Leap Forward

id Software Legend Advises Caution

Between you and me, if the likes of Epic, Bethesda and Naughty Dog continue to pump out fantastic titles like Gears of War 3, Skyrim and Uncharted 3, I'm happy to sit with my Xbox 360 and PS3 a few years longer. I'm in no rush to upgrade. Sadly, the state of the industry demands change, as publisher profits decline and consumer interest wanes. However, while we always look forward to the visual jump every new generation of consoles ushers in, id Software's technical genius John Carmack has urged fans not to expect as "epic" a leap forward as past machines.

"I still want to make better graphics, but I think we're past the curve there," Carmack told The Official Xbox Magazine in their latest issue. Carmack is famous for developing Doom, the first 3D first-person shooter that heralded an entire era, and most recently he designed id Tech 5, which was put to good use in RAGE. And while he continues to push visual boundaries on smaller machines like the iPhone and Android-enabled devices, Carmack isn't sure the Next Xbox, PS4 or whatever will offer quite as "epic" a leap forward as their predecessors did.

""All the top-line games really do look good; I think there's still one more step we can take," Carmack went on to explain, "but I don't think we have many of those steps left." If we look back at past machines, the jump from Playstation to Playstation 2 was far greater than what followed with the PS3. Even the best-looking PC games out there don't offer quite as drastic a leap forward from our current crop of consoles, and considering that tech will probably find its way into the next line, Carmack might just be right. [Game Zone]

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DivideByZero  Nov. 15, 2011 at 16:20

What you talkin bout willis?

John "was good back in the day" Carmack has officially lost the plot. First he makes RAGE, an OK title that has been done to death with the like of Fallout. Now he thiks that hardware can't advance?

What a loada junk. 360 and PS3 are really old in hardware terms now. There is much better and faster stuff to be had. That will mean more pretty - but at the cost of more dev time.

If 720 or PS4 isn't a huge leap it will be down to lazy game development (*cough* Activision *cough*) and nothing else.

Lookhere  Nov. 17, 2011 at 14:45

Carmack experiments far to much. There are programmers/developers out their that dont have his Inteligence/IQ but don't over complicate things when starting a new project. If the guys at Dice could do what they did for Battlefield across all platforms, why cant Carmack.


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