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Next Xbox Set For 2012 Reveal With Timesplitters 4?

Felix Kemp
Crytek, Crytek UK, Games news, Next Xbox, Timesplitters

Next Xbox Set For 2012 Reveal With Timesplitters 4?

Phew; that's perhaps too big a leak! So, according to Video Gamer, the Next Xbox - or Xbox 720 or whatever the hellMicrosoft decide to call it - is set for an E3 2012 reveal. That's according to Crysis developers, Crytek, who're privy to the latest console plans from Microsoft and even have a potentially jaw-dropping launch title in the works from their UK studio, formerly known as Free Radical. Care to hazard a guess as to what it might be? Here's a tip; the clue's in the title!

So, according to their source, Video Gamer claim Microsoft will unveil the Next Xbox to the masses at E3, twelve months from now. It'll boast much-improved graphical power, with DirectX 11 support a key feature. In contrast, the Xbox 360 is currently limited to DirectX 9, so the Next Xbox is two steps ahead in terms of technology.

But where did Video Gamer get this scoop from? Straight from Crytek, apparently. No strangers to pushing graphical boundaries, Crytek have often been the go-to developer for showcasing the merits of new visual advances, and it appears Microsoft is banking on them as a key partner in marketing the Next Xbox's visual prowess.

And it appears Timesplitters 4 will be their first title on next-generation platforms. Apparently it's being demoed internally as we speak, demonstrating the huge visual leaps forward the team has made. Headed up by Crytek UK, who were once known as Free Radical Design before being plucked from oblivion by the Crytek overseers, they're the original creators of the Timesplitters brand, so we couldn't be happier to hear they're at the helm.

Obviously, with twelve months between us and E3, Microsoft will be tight-lipped right up until the event itself, barring any unfortunate leaks. We'll keep you posted. [Video Gamer]

Add a comment5 comments
Jerec  Jun. 15, 2011 at 08:45

I wouldn't trust anything good to come from Crytek/Free Radical after the abysmal Haze.

sysop @ dealspwn  Jun. 15, 2011 at 10:33

Source ?

Common sense for picking next years E3.

Epic fail.

Gunn  Jun. 15, 2011 at 10:55

I can remember hearing a developer mention at E3 that they first got their hands on the PS Vita dev kit over 2 years ago, so yeah I have no issue believing that developers out there have access to a new console, as for when it will be released it could be 2013/2014 which considering the age of the 360 is impressive that it wasn't done sooner

Lyonator  Jun. 15, 2011 at 11:24

Well - I'm assuming all they need to provide is a testbed platform with the rough specs. Even if it's not going to be released for a year or so (the Xbox 720) it's probably just going to be using specs available today. It wouldn't be difficult to mock up a decent quadcore, 4gb RAM and a DirectX11 card like a GTX460 or something and emulate the final system spec very closely.

Phil  Jun. 15, 2011 at 14:01

Except it will probably be at least a Quad PowerPC cpu so impossible to emulate on even a high end core i7! No the dev machines will be custom hardware shoved in a standard case at this stage (probably with massive fans and cables all over the place).

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