My column this week is a bit about why next-gen consoles probably aren’t going to bring us any next-gen AI. Although to be fair, it’s been a while since I heard that claim. I was hearing it quite a bit in response to the “The next-gen graphics don’t look so next-gen” comments when the consoles were first being announced.
And while I spent some time talking about strategy AI, I’m not sure how applicable that is to consoles. How often do consoles get complex, multi-layered, turn-based gameplay? They sure aren’t getting Crusader Kings or Civilization anytime soon.
This new gen is off to a strange start. Third party titles have fled Nintendo. Sony’s console is less than six months old and they’re already rolling out new stuff for it. The XBone isn’t NEARLY the disaster I anticipated. That’s is a good thing for the industry in the long run, although I wouldn’t have minded seeing the market rebuke Microsoft a little more firmly for their hubris and creepy approach to digital “rights” and privacy.
I haven’t been following the PS4 vs. Xbox narrative very closely, but every couple of weeks I seeNot that I bother reading the actual article. a headline or forum post detailing how one console is beating the other. Some things never change, I guess.
 Not that I bother reading the actual article.
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