Ubisoft: “There Will Always Be An Appetite for More Beautiful Games”

Xavier Poix, head of Ubisoft France, discussed his thoughts on the evolution of graphics technology into the next generation of consoles. He believes the increased power of next-gen will not only allow for better visuals, but for more to be brought to the game itself.

“There is always be an appetite for more beautiful, better animated games,” Poix said, speaking with GamesIndustry International. However, graphics aren’t the be-all and end-all for next-gen. “It’s not just about graphics, it’s about what you can do with this new power. For sure we have some more room. Even with Watch Dogs, at the end of a cycle we are showing something that’s really breathtaking. So there is an evolution even during the cycle, because we know how to handle the console. We learn and our programmers do an excellent job optimizing lots of stuff; if you compare what we had at the launch of Xbox 360 and what we have today it feels like a new generation.”

Poix went on to explain that graphics technology is evolving to the point of pushing the limits of TV hardware. He said:

“So we feel the difference will be huge at some point, and it will touch the limits of the TV itself in terms of lines of resolution. So we might need new TVs like the new 4K. We’re very excited for 4K or anything that brings a new experience and new emotions to players… But it’s more than the visuals, the power of the machine itself and the memory will allow developers to bring more and more into the game. We’ll see more animations, more sounds, bigger maps, many more AI powered characters. So, no, we’re not finished yet.”

The tremendous leaps in technology over the past 10 and 20 years have been astounding; I can only imagine what the next two decades have in store for us.

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