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Rumor: Developers preparing for Microsoft and Sony’s next systems in 2012

Rumors 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. Now Edge 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

According to 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 machines.

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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9 comments

  • Ironclad - November 17, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Second time Ubisoft has been mentioned in recent memory in relation to having the new Microsoft test rig. 1st was just after the Wii U shown to the press and then now. If there is any truth in these reports all I will say is I makes sense to get the big publishers on board now, hopefully they can then deliver some decent launch titles.
  • AlaskaGrown - November 17, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    Also, let's hope "loop" doesn't stick. Awful name.
  • AlaskaGrown - November 17, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    2012 would be nice considering my 360 is broken (again!) and I refuse to spend any more money on it. I will, however, considering upgrading as soon as I can.
  • Mooshon - November 17, 2011 2:17 a.m.

    Saw a tweet from peter molyneux a few weeks back mentioning they were trying to get to grips with the new xbox framework. Something from Lionhead for the launch window.
  • ZhugeLiang - November 16, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    Better graphics are cool and all, but the question Microsoft should be asking themselves is, "is this good for the company?"
  • erbclub - November 16, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    Was it me or did one of those clips look very similar to a new gears of war??
  • ringslinger - November 16, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    Henry, Here's my only problem with these rumors? Why would MS be making Halo 4 for 360 if they are going to have a next (next) gen system coming out in 2012. I think the fact that Halo 4 is for 360 was confirmed by Frank O'Connor (323). I just don't see MS releasing the next installment of what is their biggest franchise for 360 then 6 months later dropping a new system. I'm not sure if there is a date for Halo 4 as it is. The same applies for GTA V. You'd think that would be a system seller for MS or Sony and we know that game is for the current gen. I would think people would get dev kits in 2012 for a 2013 release. 2cents.
  • coleo78 - November 17, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    Agreed they can't abandon their key franchises for 2012
  • wingsdjy - November 17, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Perhaps Halo 4 could be a dual release a la Zelda:TP on GC and Wii.

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