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The Sunday Seven: Sony's Other Big Reveals for Feb 20th

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Next Generation, PlayStation 2013, Playstation 4, PS4, Sony, The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven: Sony's Other Big Reveals for Feb 20th

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard that Sony has a big reveal lined up for a PlayStation Meeting on February 20th. We don’t think Sony would have the nerve to announce anything other than their Next Generation console at the meeting. Next gen rumours are at their highest point and it’s about time we got some answers and not something like PS Move+.

So, assuming Sony don’t just show us a console shell on a podium before cheerily bidding us goodnight and promising a second date at E3, I think we’ll be shown a few more things on February 20th. Don’t forget we still have a big year of gaming ahead of us regardless of the PS4 and Sony will be keen to avoid accidentally killing off the market for the PS3 and Vita by announcing their new machine alone. Instead, I think they will want to strengthen their brand to ensure they move onto the next gen leaving the best final impression of this generation. But yes, we think they’re going to show us some jaw-dropping new stuff too. I’ve already gone into detail about what they should do to rebuild their controller, so here’s my list of seven other things I think we may see at the meeting.

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Bethesda: Next-Gen Development Will "Come At A Price"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Bethesda, Next Generation, Next-gen

Bethesda: Next-Gen Development Will "Come At A Price"

Wary Of Wii U "Risk"

Bethesda seem to be taking a rather standoffish approach to the Wii U at present, with the publisher unconvinced that Nintendo's console is a good "fit" for their games. Unlike many graphics-obsessed developers, they also don't feel that the current generation isn't "holding back" development - and that developing for an entirely new generation will "come at a price."

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Sony's Ideal Future Playstation Tech Is "Five Years Away"

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
Tags:
Next Generation, Playstation, Playstation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony's Ideal Future Playstation Tech Is "Five Years Away"

Looking For As Close To "Perfect Technologies" As Possible

For the last few weeks, the internet has been abuzz with chatter that an announcement from both Sony and Microsoft regarding the next-generation successor to their current home consoles is imminent at this year's E3 showcase event. It's all up in the air until the event itself, of course, but we've had a few niggling doubts ourselves, especially in regards to Sony, who've been very vocal in their admission that the PS3 is a ten year console. And in an interview with E&T, Maasaki Tsuruta, CTO of Sony's Computer Entertainment division, admitted their goals for future Playstation tech were still "five years away".

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Could The Next Xbox Feature DVR?

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
Tags:
Microsoft, Next Generation, Next Xbox, Patents

Could The Next Xbox Feature DVR?

Microsoft Patent Suggests So

Rumours continue to mount of a 2012 announcement from both Microsoft and Sony regarding next-gen successors to their current line of home consoles. I'm still a little skeptical they'll launch so early - especially Sony, who've yet to fully profit from the PS3's success - but there's no doubt we'll at least get an idea of what both have in store for the future very soon. And if a patent filed by Microsoft on December 27th last year is anything to go by, we might be able to record television whilst gaming.

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Naughty Dog "Terrified" Of Next-Generation

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
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Naughty Dog, Next Generation, PS3 games, The Last Of Us, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Naughty Dog "Terrified" Of Next-Generation

PS2 To PS3 Switch Studio's "Darkest Days"

When you've games like Uncharted 3 and Killzone 3 to pick from, I hardly think we're in dire need of another generation of consoles. While we're clearly brushing the visual ceiling, now developers have truly mastered their respective platforms, we're finally enjoying well-realized experiences like Drake's Deception. And Naughty Dog appears to share this sentiment, telling Eurogamer the idea of transitioning to another generation of consoles is "terrifying".

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John Carmack: Next-Generation Won't Be An "Epic" Leap Forward

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
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id Software, John Carmack, Next Generation

John Carmack: Next-Generation Won't Be An "Epic" Leap Forward

id Software Legend Advises Caution

Between you and me, if the likes of Epic, Bethesda and Naughty Dog continue to pump out fantastic titles like Gears of War 3, Skyrim and Uncharted 3, I'm happy to sit with my Xbox 360 and PS3 a few years longer. I'm in no rush to upgrade. Sadly, the state of the industry demands change, as publisher profits decline and consumer interest wanes. However, while we always look forward to the visual jump every new generation of consoles ushers in, id Software's technical genius John Carmack has urged fans not to expect as "epic" a leap forward as past machines.

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Current Gen Consoles "Creatively Limiting"

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
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343 Industries, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition, Next Generation, Saber Interactive

Current Gen Consoles "Creatively Limiting"

According to Halo Anniversary Developers

The current crop of consoles have become "creatively limiting" for developers, who're eagerly anticipating the next line of successors. That's according to Saber Interactive, the studio behind Timeshift who have joined 343 in production on the upcoming Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition. Speaking in an exclusive piece on CVG, CEO Matthew Karch revealed the 360 and PS3's relative processor power is holding developers back, and he'd be "shocked" if Microsoft didn't opt to release the Xbox 720 ahead of schedule.

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Microsoft Resumes Out Next-Gen Xbox

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
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Microsoft, Next Generation, Next Xbox

Microsoft Resumes Out Next-Gen Xbox

Suggests Work Has Reached Hardware Production?

We all know Microsoft is working on a next-generation successor to the Xbox 360; we just don't know where they're planning to take the Xbox 720, Next Xbox, Kinectbox or whatever they decide to call it. My suggestion; the Xbox Evo. With Microsoft unwilling, as yet, to talk about what they're working on, all we're left with is scrounging for rumors and industry chatter. The latest comes from internet sleuth, Supererogatory, who was sent a select few Microsoft employee resumes with explicit mentions towards a "next-gen Xbox".

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Call Of Duty Coming To A New Console?

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
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Activision, Call Of Duty, Next Generation, Treyarch, Wii U

Call Of Duty Coming To A New Console?

Wii U? Next Box? PS4?

With Modern Warfare 3 nearing release next month, Treyarch will be gearing up for imminent Activision marketing plans to discuss how to convince their legion of fans another annualized Call of Duty title is worth their hard-earned capital. Black Ops proved the studio could operate outside of the Modern Warfare label and still be successful, so it'll be interesting to see where Treyarch opt to take the ninth Call of Duty game. Black Ops 2? Space Ops? Who knows.

We do know, however, that Treyarch is prepping their next project for a "new console" platform. The news emerged on their official site, with a job post for a senior software engineer calling for an applicant to assist in "bringing our hugely successful game to a new console". The post goes know further than revealing the applicant will help adapt "graphics and other major systems in our engine to a new platform". So, let the speculation begin? Is this simply a Call of Duty Wii U port? Or do Treyarch know the next-generation is just a year away? [Treyarch]

Guillemot & Gamestop Predict 2014 Next-Gen Transition

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Games consoles, Microsoft, Next Generation, Sony, Ubisoft

Whether or not we need a new console generation is one of the most fierce - and important - debates that gamers and pundits are holding at the moment. Many developers have come out of the woodwork to suggest that the industry desperately needs new hardware, and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and major retailer Gamestop have added their voices to the argument. We have the full story below, and would love to hear what you make of it.

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