The commonly held belief regarding the next generation of games consoles is that we won’t see anything being released for at least the next couple of years. Most gamers predict the Wii U to hit stores between Summer and Holiday next year, followed by an unveiling of new hardware from Microsoft and Sony around E3 2013, with launches to follow around December 2013 – April 2014. Information unearthed by Edge Magazine however indicates this schedule may be being brought forward by around 12 months.
They have quoted an unnamed source who states that top developers like Ubisoft and EA already have ‘target boxes’ in their studios that are current PC’s based on target tech for the new Microsoft machine. Apparently, custom-built full dev kits based on more accurate predictions for the ‘XBOX NEXT’ or whatever it will end up being called, will be sent out before the end of this year.
Even allowing for a full 12-18 months for development of key launch titles, it seems unlikely we will see any new console except the Wii U before 2013, however a further report has it that Sony have more or less suspended first party work on new titles for PS3, to focus on development for their new console as well.
Exciting times ahead, that’s for sure. Do you think it’s too early to be talking next gen though? Is current high end PC tech enough of a jump over what you’re currently playing in your living room? And what would this mean for gaming in the next 18 months or so? Let us know your thoughts in the usual place!