Many feel that the current generation of consoles wasn’t very exciting. When Xbox 360 and PS3 were launched, we were at the end of a generation in which PS2 provided us with an immense variety of great games, and the titles that came with the launch of the new consoles and in the short term afterwards simply failed to excite a lot of gamers.
On the other hand the outset of the next generation seems to be creating a lot more hype. The internet is buzzing with conversation on the games that will launch with PS4 and Xbox One or shortly after, and on the systems themselves. As a gamer, I honestly didn’t feel this “alive” myself since the old dear times of the PlayStation 2.
But what changed between the outset of the generation that is now about to wane, and the beginning of the next? Why are we this excited and ready to embrace the new consoles? Is it just the passage from a relatively disappointing period to one filled with hopes and dreams? Or maybe the games we have been shown are simply more impressive than those that marked the passage between the previous two generations?
In order to try and get to the bottom of this difference in hype I’m going to make a bit of an experiment: people normally pitch PlayStation consoles against Xbox ones, for obvious reasons, but this time around I’m going to create two unusual teams: I’m going to pair the PS3 with its Xbox 360 arch rival, while the PS4 will team up with its hated enemy, Xbox One.
We’re going to take a visual trip through the games that were launched in the early life of the current generation consoles compared against those that we have already seen for PS4 and Xbox One. Of course I’m not just going to include launch titles, because even those that come a bit later still contribute to the hype. I’m also not going to include every title for brevity, but just some of the most relevant.
Of course if the visual trip is too much for you, and you want to avoid suffering through five pages of trailers (some of which aren’t exactly flattering nowadays), you can just jump to the bottom of page 5 of this article to catch my conclusions.
Ridge Racer 6 (Xbox 360)
Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360)
Ridge Racer 7 (PS3)
Formula One Championship Edition (PS3)
Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One)
The Crew (PS4/Xbox One)