Many say the leaps we have made in the last two generations have been miles beyond where we thought we would be right now in terms of console gaming and the power behind it. Yet, in the same breath, people often do not realize that you do end up sacrificing one for the other despite what generation console you are on.
For example, look at the photo above for a better example of this. Everyone heaps massive amounts of praise on Skyrim, and with good reason, but did you ever stop to realize the computing power it takes to make better, shinier graphics takes away from the memory that can be used towards the actual game?
In other words, Skyrim may have looked (and played) better, but at the end of the day, though we were playing in a large and fully realized world, this picture just shows you we were essentially playing in an empty sandbox when compared to the size of Morrowind’s capital alone (and the amount of individual NPC’s within). Granted, no one complained while playing and clearly it took awhile for us to notice this, but still. One would naturally assume that a leap in console power would mean a larger, more realized game, and such is not always the case.
Sometimes, the sacrifices we make for better graphics are bigger than we think they are.