Ever since Nintendo first showed us the Wii U, there has been growing speculation that Microsoft and Sony could soon be revealing the next generation of home games consoles. But the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim director predicts there will be no PS4 or Xbox 720 before 2014.
The director of the game Todd Howard was talking to PSM3 magazine, and was asked how long he thought it would be before the next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony would see the light of day. According to an article on CVG, he answered that they won’t become available in 2012 “or the year after“. His reasons for the time scale for the new consoles too arrive was down to the fact that gamers were still happy with the current models.
He added “I think it’s going to be a while still, I really do”, and besides consumers being happy with the current generation of consoles a lot can still be done with them. He was also asked whether Bethesda were considering waiting for the next generation of home consoles to be available before releasing Skyrim. He replied that there were conversations which were “very serious”
Howard added that they wanted to keep the franchise fresh and not to feel like Fallout 3 or Oblivion, either technically of visually. There have been many rumors that both company’s were indeed working on the next generation of consoles, and looking how to further support Kinect and Move. AMD recently said that the next Xbox console will have graphics similar to the movie Avatar.
Many gamers are indeed happy with the standard of graphics currently being enjoyed on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The quality of graphics is not always the most important part of a game, with game play ranking high in most people’s thoughts. A lot of the latest games which are coming to the market are sequels to older titles, and not exactly something unique which is not down to the age of the hardware.
We reported recently that in some people’s eyes the shelf life of the current generation of consoles may be coming to an end. In most gamers eyes this is not the case and certainly don’t want to have to start thinking of paying out for more new hardware.
Do you hope it is a good couple of years yet before the next generation of consoles makes an appearance?