Are PS4 and Xbox 720 necessary in 2012?

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We know that E3 2011 is going to be a huge deal this year, but how big would it be if there was an announcement by Microsoft regarding the Xbox 720? Now we know that this is a bit of a stretch, but why else would they be giving away free Xbox 360 units? Thankfully Alan Ng has a greater insight into this; but this makes us wonder is the PS4 and Xbox 720 necessary in 2012?

We touched on this subject a little before, and for the most part it seems that a next-gen console is not needed. Developers are more than happy with the hardware that is available to them at this moment in time. Not only that, the latest in TV technology is helping to improve the gaming experience without the need for a next-generation console.

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VideoGamer recently had a discussion with Randy Pitchford from Gearbox. In that conversation they touched on the subject about how game developers are now able to get much more from the hardware currently available. We can still remember when the PS3 was first launched; those same developers were unable to get the most from the device; so they had to compromise.

It is great for us gamers that the developers no longer face the hurdles that they did a few years back, so it is for this reason why they are a little skeptical about the rumors that a PS4 or Xbox 720 will be launched sooner rather than later.

Game developers must be hoping that the current consoles still have at least four years left in this life-cycle, as they will have their work cut out for them to get to grips with developing games for a new console. Our best guess is that we will not see an Xbox 720 from Microsoft and a PlayStation 4 from Sony until 2015 at least, but 2012 is certainly not out of the question.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/accomrie Angus Comrie

     What woulld be great is a sort of “refresh” of the ps3 and xbox 360, to do things like proper 1080p@60FPS graphics. It’s a little ridiculous how far behind modern PCs consoles are these days. If it was done carefully, horsepower could be increased substantially WITHOUT requiring a huge learning curve again. This is certainly true of the Xbox 360, where they could simply chuck in a better CPU, add a few gigs of RAM, increase the EDRAM (to an amount that could handle MSAA 4x with HDR @ 1080P) and put in a new GPU that maintained all the current GPU’s capabilities. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/accomrie Angus Comrie

     What woulld be great is a sort of “refresh” of the ps3 and xbox 360, to do things like proper 1080p@60FPS graphics. It’s a little ridiculous how far behind modern PCs consoles are these days. If it was done carefully, horsepower could be increased substantially WITHOUT requiring a huge learning curve again. This is certainly true of the Xbox 360, where they could simply chuck in a better CPU, add a few gigs of RAM, increase the EDRAM (to an amount that could handle MSAA 4x with HDR @ 1080P) and put in a new GPU that maintained all the current GPU’s capabilities. 

  • http://twitter.com/PeacekeeperSun Phillip Chako

     I dont think we need any new consels, unless there gona jump up and play for you

  • http://twitter.com/PeacekeeperSun Phillip Chako

     I dont think we need any new consels, unless there gona jump up and play for you

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYNLYW7W4MIBB7A6XSLVZVNVH4 Patrick

    AGAIN ANOTHER PERSON WHO DOS NOT DO FUCKING RESERCH BEFORE HE WRITES.FOR THE DUMB FUCK THAT WROTE THIS LET ME EXPLANE TO YOU!!!!!!. SONY AND MICROSFT ARE NOT YOU HEAR ME NOT BRING A NEW SYSTEM TO E3,SONY AND MICROSOFT HAVE BOTH STATED THIS SONY WANTS TO MAKE THE PS3 LAST 10 YEARS THE SOME WITH SONY.MICROSFT RELESEED KINECT IN NOVMBER 4 2010 AND MICROSOFT SAID THAT KINECT WILL GIVE THE XBOX360 10 YEARS ALSO THATS 2015 AROUND FOR FUCK SAKE LEARN YOUR MATH SHITHEAD.THE ONLY ONE WHO IS RELEASEING A NEW SYSTEM AT E3 IS NINTENDO IF YOU DID YOUR REASEARCH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWEN THIS. 

    • Kor_tez25

      wow relax. its not the end of the world. i say things people get crazy about. 

    • Jimvaughn61

      You can make your point without profanity.  Thank you. 

    • Tanya Barnes

      “EXPLANE”- Do you mean explain? :)

  • driftvelocity

     Erm… i think patrick needs to calm down, everyone would love to see what xbox 720 would do but i think it will come out around 2013-2015.

  • driftvelocity

     Erm… i think patrick needs to calm down, everyone would love to see what xbox 720 would do but i think it will come out around 2013-2015.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001253362146 نائل العباسي

    no it wont be necessary next year because they are making good money from the current consoles.
    BESIDES
    the xbox360 got an update to its firmware so that means that they are still going to use the 
    XBOX360

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001253362146 نائل العباسي

    no it wont be necessary next year because they are making good money from the current consoles.
    BESIDES
    the xbox360 got an update to its firmware so that means that they are still going to use the 
    XBOX360

  • Kor_tez25

    i say the new gen systems will come out in 2013-2014.  Xbox is eager to get the new xbox out so that the kinect has a whole new power unit to work with. PS4 will come out later i say 2015.  Since the hack and all the problems sony is having a new system is not on their mind now.  The wii is coming out soon, but i think that they are trying to do to much and i think they will have massive problems.  Look for the xbox to come one step closer to Virtual reality. 

  • http://twitter.com/BlackPoison87 Daryl Williams

    Yes we need new consoles the PS3 and 360 are very weak they can’t even play games at 1080p they’re 6  year old GPU’s what do u expect

    PC GPU’s are on 1-2 GB Memory now

    Also TONS of developers have said they want a next gen console it sounds like you personally don’t want it i not sure why

    Just look at games like Crysis on the PC and the upcoming BF3 no way they will look like that on the current gen consoles

    I’m SICK of Current Gen it PC gamers are getting shafted because of them release next gen asap

  • http://profiles.google.com/accomrie Angus Comrie

    Agreed, the PS3 could also use a refresh, especially in the GPU department! I just know that IBM and Sony have given up on the Cell, so there won’t be any new upgraded version of that anytime soon. Xbox 360 components are a bit more off the shelf, giving them a real advantage in terms of developer learning curves

  • Anonymous

    They need to make consoles upgradeable just like PCs. Plug in memory, vid card, micro processor… Until then, I will not buy one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000769591011 Nick Anteau

      might as well just get a pc then, we should all just get pc and say screw consoles!
       

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