Are PS4 and Xbox 720 necessary in 2012?

By Peter Chubb - May 20, 2011

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.

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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