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Nintendo President Unconvinced PS4 and Next Xbox Will Offer a True Graphical Leap

Posted on June 14, 2012 AT 08:14am

Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has voiced concerns over the next-generation of consoles’ ability to offer the usual generational leap in graphics that consumers are used to seeing. We all know what he’s talking about, that first time you boot up a new console and can’t believe the quality of what you see.

“If they decide to increase the spec numbers, will the consumers be able to realize the difference enough so that they can understand it’s much superior to today’s machine,” he told The Telegraph. Iwata was also careful to hedge his bets by stating that too far of a graphical leap would be bad for developers.

“If they beef up the processing power, that simply means much more work for software developers to take advantage of those spec numbers. So I have to ask the question if that type of differentiation really makes sense,” he added. ”I think further arguments must wait until probably next year, when they have finalized and disclosed whatever they are thinking about for the next generation of consoles.”

I think that the next-generation won’t offer a massive upgrade in graphics quality, however I still believe that there will be a significant increase as a result of the extra processing power that the consoles will bring.

Source: The Telegraph 

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