Since 2007, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series has been the king of visual presentation, whether it’s with the high-resolution textures, the fluid movement animations, or the facial design which makes the characters so believable. Although the jump from Uncharted to Uncharted 2 was easily distinguishable, we likely won’t be seeing that circumstance again until more powerful hardware is available according to Naughty Dog.
Naughty Dog’s Justin Richmond doesn’t see much more room for improvement coming from the Uncharted series as long as its limited to the PS3. In an interview, he stated:
The way we made it, how much of the PS3’s power we were using… that huge gap that you saw between Uncharted 1 and 2 is the kind of thing that really only happens once per generation.
But I don’t think you’ll ever see that same jump again, at least on a PlayStation 3.
Despite Uncharted 2‘s high level of visual quality, Richmond emphasized that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will see improvements on several fronts, including physics and polygon count due to the optimization progression seen during development. However, the PS3 is finally hitting its ceiling after five long years, and, although the presentation seen in modern games has been satisfying for many, anything more advanced will require a new generation of hardware.