According to a recent “Gaming Consoles” Mintel Report, Graphics quality topped consumers’ desired console improvements, following by adding games to a console’s total library. While not the most desired, controllers that are easier to use and single-player games were also popular responses.
One of the challenges with focusing on graphics quality is that it is a highly subjective measure; consumers will have different opinions on other factors that are not necessarily related to the raw processing power of the console – artistic style and general aesthetic of the games can influence how players perceive the overall quality of the graphics. Console brands may have an opportunity to provide developers with more freedom in terms of the range of graphics that a console can support, particularly brands that offer backward compatibility – this would effectively extend the software life cycle for previous generations of consoles while keeping up with consumers who do want better console hardware.
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