Edge recently did an interview with Jonathan Blow, developer of the top rated Xbox Live game of all time, Braid and boy did he piss a few fanboys off, but does it matter? In the interview Blow announced he would not be releasing his next game The Witness, on Xbox, or any console whatsoever...his reasoning, although rage inducing to some, is simple.
We like 360 and PS3, but their specifications are over five years old now, and that's a lot in computer years. The kind of tricks we'd have to perform to get this game working on those platforms are such a lot of work that to port it over at this point is just not worth it for us.
Hats off to you Jonathan Blow, you've said what I, and hopefully a lot of other gamers have been thinking for quite a while now. While some have been blinded by the "revitalization" or should I say "wii-vitalization" of the 360 and PS3...the development in new hardware for the system is strictly smoke in mirrors for the leaps and bounds capable by PC and iOS gaming.
Blow also pointed out the inability of the systems to allow for constant updates, which is another plus for PC and game developers. In addition to his announcement to self publish The Witness, Blow also had some somewhat backward positive things to say about the next-gen and Wii U.
I do wish the new generation of consoles had come out by now. Even if it only meant slightly faster graphics processor and a lot more RAM. Because having more memory would make a huge difference to being able to bring a game like this to a console. It makes it much easier. When you look at the Wii U, I'm told it has a lot more RAM - that would be wonderful, although I'm unsure about that platform for other reasons, especially in light of the iPad. It would be a nicer place to bring the game than the 360, if only because it has more RAM.
Like I said, it was a backwards compliment, and although he didn't elaborate on it at all, he did mention the possibility of a Braid sequel coming to "iPad 4"...so what's your take on the whole thing? Agree? Disagree? Make it known below.