Today's Takeaway - NextBox rumors spiral out of control
I know, I know. We are all curious as to what Microsoft and Sony have in store for us with the next generation of consoles, but can everyone just shut up and really listen to these reports? We reported yesterday that there were sources saying that Microsoft has ordered a bunch of chips from IBM. That is common practice for manufacturers and distributors these days, so usually those rumors have weight. Then some source told Develop that the Wii U is twice as powerful as the Xbox 360. Ok... but so when IGN claims that the NextBox is 6 times as powerful as the Xbox 360 and should have a 20% "greater performance" than Wii U... STOP!!!! Let me do the math.
Say an Xbox 360 = 2, which means a Wii U would have a value of 4 (x2) and NextBox 12 (x6). This makes the "greater performance" of the NextBox 300% over the Wii U. Not 20%... Granted this assumes we are actually comparing Apples to Apples, which we aren't. No many people really know what we are comparing when reports say "power" and "performance". It isn't like we are counting bits anymore. People take what little we understand and then speculate until my eyes bleed.
How about the rumor about an anti-used game system may be running on your NextBox? Yeah, you know the type that won't let you share games with friends and would effectively destroy GameStop. I am sure Microsoft will be all over that, because it isn't like GameStop will refuse to carry their products since they can't profit off them or anything. No... Not GameStop.
New rumor - NextBox will use Blu-ray, which makes sense in some capacity. Holographic discs have yet to find there place in the market and everyone is too lazy to swap out DVDs. Microsoft cannot afford to put old technology in a new console, so unless they switch to a solid state cart, Blu-ray seems logical. Now if only Blu-ray wasn't a Sony brand...
Lastly, you have Kinect 2 and a smaller controller. Well I think those two rumors go hand in hand, because if Kinect 2 is what it claims to be, then you won't need a controller at all. With that said, I leave you with this, would you prefer to continue to speculate over all of this until E3 or should we stop before these rumors get out of hand?
Microsoft is an evil corporation no doubt about it but they're not that stupid to do this. This crap reminds me of when before kenect came out and people saying "all game wil only be kenect and no more controllers" and lets not forget all the rumors for the WII-u and how the console had next to none of the rumored features. i say this is just some bullshit rumor some internet jackass made up to get everyone panties in a wad
If they truly backed it, it would have been built into the console itself. They were keeping the format at arm's length by having an external drive (which I still use to this day, V for Vendetta every November 5th!)
While Sony was gunning for capacity (and in a Grassy Knoll conspiracy theory, the next gen movie format), Microsoft was betting on load times. With all the mandatory installs on the PS3, and the quick and optional ones on the 360 I think we all know how it really panned out.
True, but people are stupid and wouldn't know the difference. All they'll think about is the "Xbox-makers" paying the "PS-makers". As long as it says Sony, they wouldn't care what branch of Sony it is.
but its in their machine also they own a piece of that pie called blue ray, they would make money for each new xbox sold with a br so are you stupid?
True, but since the BDA made Sony the poster child for Blu-ray and Microsoft originally backed the wrong horse (HD DVD), I think it's accurate that most people think of Blu-ray as a Sony brand. You are of course correct; Sony does not solely own Blu-ray.
You have a great point, I have to admit lol. I will say that the PS2 isn't that outdated though :O I went back the other day and played Jak II and I gotta say they still look great. Besides that I guess Ultra High Def and 3D T.V.'s will be the next generation of display, but I personally don't think I'll see a difference when it comes to display. Time will tell I guess
No but they are part of the g4oup that approves those wishing to liscnce the technology. So anytime Microsoft make a game or a 360, they'll have to pay Sony, and a bunch of other companies.
Its the argument every generation of gaming has. If you're old enough, you'll know that "oh, they cant possibly make it any better, this is amazing already"is a trend in all generations. We used to be amazed by the powerhouse graphics that were the PS2, now they look horribly dated. Same with PS1. Hell, same with early PS3/360 games. Look at all the early games and what they look like now.
Oh yes, they can get better. Take that into account along with the fact that TV technology is scheduled to upgrade around 2016 to Ultra High Def. 5 Years ago, HDTVs werent as accesible as they are now. 3D's will run the same route, OLEDs will go the same way.
Tech advances. Simplest comparison is Gears 1 vs 3. Graphical comparisons are huge. And developers have been feeling held back and have been asking for upgraded hardware.
Pretty soon we'll move to nicely aged wine vs black label liquor. : ) and so on and so forth
Seems to be the problem with these rumors. Rumors spread to people who don't know what they're talking about and start spreading their hate to the company who's console they cant get because they're too young to get all three. Personally, this generation is mostly balanced. Every system has its merits and flaws and I'm sure it'll be just the same the next generation.
Even if it WERE Sony, it still wouldn't be Sony Entertainment, which makes the PS. They're technically two different companies.
For fuck's sake, how stupid are people?
SONY DOESN'T OWN BLU-RAY! They are part of 9+ companies that developed it and the 30+ that distribute it. Just like they were for DVD.
SONY DOES NOT OWN BLU-RAY.
You know, I am just not that excited about next generation consoles. There are plenty of games I want to play this generation that I haven't got to yet.
i hope they develop a new controller for the new xbox system, i really enjoy "upgrading" to next gen controllers, as much as I like the current 360 controllers I think change is good.
Should have found it sooner!
Yeah I proclaim most of the rumors as high-capacity bullshit.
Especially the 'Blu-ray on Nextbox'.
I love how all of these rumors are basically people stating easy idea's of what the jump to a new console will be. Frankly here's mine, the Nextbox wont have a controller at all if Microsoft actually believes in Kinect. Second of all, we're kind of at a point where upgrading power is pretty hard to do. I mean really 1080i almost looks like real-life given the right game (Uncharted 3 for example) so either the graphics and computing are gonna seem the same or we start using real actors in video games. The only thing I see changing with "more power" is MAYBE a decline in shaved head heroes as it will be easier to have a wind simulation in the game, if they decide to stop following the mask yourself on the character philosophy seen in most games today. Anyways my PS3 will still be in good use and competing with this new piece of tech just as my PS2 did back when the 360 came along. Just saying Sony is like fine wine and microsoft is like cheap beer ;)
Sadly I like beer over wine lol
Already happened! James Rolfes' Nintoaster!
Sean, you aren't Will Hunting. Silly Sean.
IGN needs to shut the hell up. Their reports are usually contradictory and generally geared to generate more flame comments. Their comment sections are always a headache to look at.... Thank god I recently found this site.
Worrying about the unknown is something I do enough of. That said, video game speculation doesn't usually faze me. I just take everything with a grain of salt (or the whole saltshaker) and wait. It helps in that I don't spend too much time fussing over it.
And the anti-used game system is the dumbest thing any company can do. Yes, devs need money more and not GameStop, but to brute-force it is just cruel.