With games like Battlefield 3 and Rage “pushing console hardware as much as developers can”, some studios claim that the PS3 and 360 have been maxed out, and that it’s time for a new generation. BioShock creator Ken Levine, however, doesn’t see a need for another console cycle just yet, and thinks there’s still a lot of life left in this generation.
Ken Levine said to the PlayStation Plus UK show Access:
It’s clear there’s still a fair bit of juice left in these machines. From a gameplay standpoint absolutely there’s a ton of juice left in them. I as a gamer am not aching for the new machines yet.
You look at Arkham City, Uncharted and Gears of War and you’re starting to see that these games don’t look old to me. They look very current.
I was playing Batman the other day and he’s flying over this huge city, the snow is landing on the wings of his cape and you can see it hitting and melting. They still retain the power to visually amaze me.
I honestly don’t know how they do what do. It’s pretty amazing. They’re still able to drag a lot of juice out of these machines; lots of things left to explore.
He did agree that it is “challenging” to continue to push the current consoles, but said BioShock: Infinite manages to do so by using a “totally new engine built on top of Unreal Engine”.