Rumor has it, Nextbox and dev kits hit Ubisoft
It seems that everywhere you turn lately, someone is talking about the "Xbox 720", "Xbox Loop", "Nextbox", or even -shudder- "Xbox 365".
We're going to peg it as the 'Nextbox' for now because yes, we too, have some next-gen Microsoft console news for you.
Ubisoft Montreal reportedly already has its hands on 'target boxes' that follow the specifications for a next-gen Xbox console, according to an anonymous source from Edge. The source didn't elaborate on the specifications, but believes the GPU's are AMD-made. As you might expect, Ubisoft has remained tight-lipped about the buzz.
Earth-shattering quote, right there. Reports also indicate that genuine devkits, loaded with custom hardware, are expected to hit studios before Christmas time. Word around the web is, EA's already got one in their possession and that a finished Nextbox could make it to retail by late 2012.
If you're wondering about the movers and shakers at Sony, Edge reports that one Sony-owned studio has pulled the plug on further PlayStation 3 development in favor of a next-gen console. The studio is also reportedly in on the dev process for the graphics tech being implemented on said console.
If the reports are true, it sounds as though Sony and Microsoft are (surprise, surprise) once again in the midst of a race to the hardware finish line. Setting aside the ever-present questions of 'what' and 'when', I'm curious as to which company will get there first.
no they are doing it in 2013 before the 720 that is a bad move if you ask me
They mean still making games for it, not it being its major console. Like what the PS2 is.
Sony, what happened to the PS3 lasting ten years or whatever? You're gonna be four years short of that if you release the PS4 in 2012...
Exactly. If my estimates is correct, the 360 and PS3 still have enough juice for 3-10 years. Why replace them now when it is only now that we a huge influx of some good, new games?
Nintendo desperately needed their new console, Sony and Microsoft should be happy where they are.
2012 is too soon for those 2 imo nintendo obviously needed a new console but yeah.. as to who of the 2 will release 1st my vote is to sony based on the fact they were latee this gen so they dont wanna have that happen again
I agree, I get the feeling they're standardising their software for PC, phone and console, which can either be one of the best or worst things they can potentially do.
Bleh, so the boring 720p shooter generation will make way for the boring 1080p shooter generation.
It shure is time for a new console generation. When did xbox360 come out? In 2006 or something?
Makes you wonder if Microsoft does not just go, and uses a full AMD APU solution for there next console, as it would save them money, and cause them much less hardware issues then IBM's Tricore PPC design did, when the Xbox 360 launched, and Also I would not be surprised if Microsoft uses some kind of embeded version of Windows8 on there next console as well.
meh, I hope none... Im happy with the PS3 and 360 for now