The next generation of consoles is just over a year away, as the Xbox Project Scarlett is confirmed to release next holiday season. The new consoles are set to bring with them massive leaps in power, which will undoubtedly bring a new era of visual fidelity to games. According to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, it may even be difficult to tell games apart from real life.
Speaking in an interview, Zelnick, who has presumably already seen next-generation hardware in action, stated that, "...we're going to reach a point where you won't be able to tell the difference between what's created in the computer and what's real." Zelnick also said that the new hardware will allow the company to accomplish things it's never been able to do before creatively. Take-Two is one of the biggest publishers on the market, with the likes of Borderlands 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, and the NBA 2K series all under its belt. The possibilities of what the company will be able to achieve with new hardware is particularly interesting.
Of course, not all of Take-Two's games would pursue photo-realism. Games like Borderlands 3 are heavily stylized, and Take-Two plans on leaving that franchise's iconic look alone. Zelnick is, however, excited for games like 2K to look "truly live-action". Though that possibility does raise an interesting question, as recent events have lead to video games being used as a scapegoat for the United States' mass shooting epidemic, despite overwhelming evidence that video games don't cause violence. Violent games with photo-realistic graphics will likely cause an uproar from those that believe games are the source of violent behavior, and there's no telling where that may push the games industry.
All that aside, Take-Two believing that next-gen games have the potential to be photo quality is exciting. The publisher is already behind what is arguably the best looking game of all time, Red Dead Redemption 2, and the resources they could potentially give Rockstar for new iterations of Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto are almost limitless, so there's a good chance those games will look incredible when the next entries launch. It's also possible that the next Bully game could launch on next-gen with impressive visuals, especially as rumors of Bully 2 once again start to heat up.
It's hard to imagine games looking better than what some current-gen titles have already managed to achieve. Leaked PlayStation 5 specs are looking pretty impressive, and Project Scarlett is also very promising. It usually takes developers a few years to really begin harnessing the power of consoles, but it will be great to see what the next-generation holds for games.
Source: Game Informer