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Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:21

Sony and Microsoft reportedly postpone console refresh

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New PS and Xbox might not show up until 2014
Microsoft and Sony are reportedly considering pushing back the launch of next generation gaming consoles for 2014.

According to Kotaku, the outfits want to milk the current generation dry before proceeding with the next one. Punters had originally expected both companies to introduce new consoles within five years of their launch, i.e. right about now. However, the economic meltdown of 2008 has forced them to delay their plans.

In addition, the current generation is still doing rather well and unlike last time, there is no immediate need to transition to a new, higher resolution video standard, which was not the case five years ago. Of course, this does not apply to Nintendo and the company is planning to introduce an HD-capable Wii console sometime next year.

Analysts are divided on the issue. Some believe Sony and Microsoft have reached some sort of understanding and postpone the launch of their consoles, while others think that one of them could jump the gun and introduce the next generation in 2013 or even earlier.

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+36 #1 Exodite 2011-04-21 11:36
So, current consoles are perfectly fine with all games running at a fluid 1080p60, perhaps even 3D-enabled?

If not I'd certainly not call them capable enough.
 
 
+18 #2 eugen 2011-04-21 12:08
ex:crysis2 xbox360 runs with 30fps limiter at internal resolution of 1280x720 and external upscale 1920by1080 by 2025 they wont have 60fps 1920by1080.
 
 
+30 #3 Exodite 2011-04-21 12:16
Quoting eugen:
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Cue my point.

Neither the XBOX 360 nor the PS3 are capable of performing acceptably at current resolutions, thus we're in dire need of a new generation of consoles right now.

As a comparison current-gen PC hardware have no issues running 1080p60, especially if you were to take out all the middle-ware APIs and standardize the hardware.
 
 
+28 #4 NickThePrick 2011-04-21 12:16
I'm inclined to agree that the video resolution standard is still acceptable, but thats not even half the story.

How about more polygons, soft shadows, more everything.... all the things you need to have a better and more detailed game.

Man this generation has already lasted longer than most in recent history, now till 2014 ?
I wouldn't mind as long as the PC didn't suffer so much from it.
 
 
+24 #5 nele 2011-04-21 12:35
Quoting NickThePrick:
I'm inclined to agree that the video resolution standard is still acceptable, but thats not even half the story.

How about more polygons, soft shadows, more everything.... all the things you need to have a better and more detailed game.

Man this generation has already lasted longer than most in recent history, now till 2014 ?
I wouldn't mind as long as the PC didn't suffer so much from it.



Well it cuts both ways.

Lousy consoles might rekindle interest in PC gaming. The gap between PC graphics and consoles will widen even more by 2014.

However, developers are always focused on consoles... Which means we will have a ton of DX-9 spec console ports for brand new DX12 gaming rigs in a couple of years...
 
 
+23 #6 TechHog 2011-04-21 12:42
IT'S A TRAP

They're trying to copy whatever new controller Nintendo has and to make sure that their consoles are powerful enough that third-parties will ignore whatever Nintendo has again. It won't work quite as well this time, since Nintendo should catch-up with a new console in 2017 or maybe 2018, but still, it's clear what they're aiming for. Sad, since I'm a fan of Nintendo. The Nintendo console + PC combo is perfect, imo.

All we can hope for is that Nintendo can make a console significantly more powerful than the current gen and forces Microsoft and Sony's hands.
 
 
-46 #7 Warrior24_7 2011-04-21 13:02
All of this console news! The console is driving innovation and the market as usual! Nintendo is still #1 worldwide and this Wii refresh will ensure it remains that way until the new next gen consoles are released! Its a good time to be a gamer! :lol:
 
 
+11 #8 renz496 2011-04-21 13:17
Quoting NickThePrick:
How about more polygons, soft shadows, more everything.... all the things you need to have a better and more detailed game.


the console kiddies don't don't care about that. as long as they can play the game that's enough for them. only we, the adult gamers care about it no matter what the platform is. console, pc or even hand held games
 
 
+17 #9 yasin 2011-04-21 13:54
Quoting Warrior24_7:
All of this console news! The console is driving innovation and the market as usual! Nintendo is still #1 worldwide and this Wii refresh will ensure it remains that way until the new next gen consoles are released!

If you call 'innovation' the same sort of technology the PC had years ago, then so be it.
And Nintendo #1? I think you've been in a time warp.
Quoting Warrior24_7:
Its a good time to be a gamer! :lol:

Good time to be a PC Gamer yeah.
 
 
+9 #10 TechHog 2011-04-21 14:18
Uh, I think he meant that Wii is #1 in terms of current-gen lifetime console sales, which is correct.
 

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