I feel like the quality of game development has been in steady decline all throughout 2023. Demonstrated by many releases, most recently Cities: Skylines 2, the performance is often horrible even on high end cards that are ridiculously overpriced to begin with. The only saving grace is usually DLSS/FSR, which was introduced as a way to boost framerates but is now quickly becoming critical in making the game playable in the first place.
It feels like developers are becoming lazy and that people not able to pay up 1000+ for a new Gen graphics card will simply not be able to enjoy the latest AAA games anymore, no matter what settings and fidelity you intend to play at. This saddens me as PC gamin has always been relatively affordable and available to almost all people, as long as you're willing to compromise somewhat on your settings.
Is this the future? Will it become better again? Get even worse? What are your thoughts on this?