just keep flying about a new generation of consoles on the horizon. Some say
2012, others 2013, and the 360 successor may be codenamed Loop.
has multiple sources saying developers are already preparing for the next round
of consoles in 2012.
Above: A taste of what the future could look like
one of Edge’s sources, Ubisoft and EA have custom PCs made to approximate
Microsoft’s next system, as the teams are already preparing software for the
unannounced system. If this is the case, then with this much lead time, the
studios could already be preparing titles for a holiday launch next year. Sadly
the source didn’t go into specifics on just what type of tech was in those
Edge also said
it confirmed that at least one internal developer of Sony’s has stopped working
on PlayStation 3 hardware and are looking to the future. Though apparently that
change in priorities isn’t so much to create software for the system, but to
work on graphics tech for whatever Sony’s next system might be.
With all these
rumors flying, including word Microsoft could reveal something as early as next January,
these are exciting times. Many companies seem to be preparing for the changeover
to new hardware, so it’s likely that at least some of this industry scuttlebutt
is true. It’s interesting that most of the rumors have been focused on
Microsoft, which could imply Sony won’t be ready to launch at the same time as
MS, which would be unfortunate for Sony if it was true.
Also, what does this mean for Wii U? When we
thought the next Xbox or PS4 were coming out in 2013, we thought that the Wii U
would have current graphics for at least one year. Though we don’t know exactly
what runs Nintendo’s next system, most rumors indicate it’ll be relatively
similar to 360/PS3. If fancy new systems come out the same year as Nintendo’s
less impressive machine, that can only hurt the fledgling system. However, if
Nintendo has an attractive price point and gameplay hook, it could pull out a
win after all. It’s happened before.
All we know for sure is that we're frustrated by how much we don't know. And the rumor buzz will almost certainly get much worse before we even get confirmation from the hardware makers that their systems are this close to production. Get ready for a long, hard slog of speculation.
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