The lights are on
Both Microsoft and Sony have stated they won't debut new
consoles at this year's E3, but we still expect to hear some next-gen talk
during the show.
The Internet kicked
off 2012 with rumors that both Microsoft and Sony would be outlining their
next-gen plans at this year's E3. A few days later, Sony's Kaz Hirai denied the
rumor, stating the company is "not making any [next-gen console] announcements
at E3" and that it will be sticking to its planned 10-year cycle for the PS3. In
mid-March, Microsoft Studios' Group PR Manager Ryan
James told us there will be "no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime
Given how definitive these statements are, we would be
surprised to see any kind of next-gen hardware from Sony or MS at E3. But that
doesn't mean both companies won't start laying the groundwork for a new
generation of consoles, in the vaguest and most boastful ways possible. Sony's press
conference invitation promises "the future of gameplay and innovation,"
stating the company will share more about "the new PlayStation lineup,
products, and services that will drive the upcoming year in
entertainment." We expect some of that talk to bleed into next-gen talk,
even if it's not explicitly labeled as such.
Epic Games has also recently started talking
up Unreal Engine 4, which will play a major role in the development of
next-gen titles, and there's no better place to show it off to the public than
the industry's largest show. We're guessing Microsoft and Sony will be vying to
include Epic in their respective press conferences, as a way to bolster their
position in the mindshare of the gaming public.
Epic isn't the only developer working on next-gen software. EA,
have announced they're working on next-gen software and games. The
recent leak out of Bungie reveals that the first title in the company's new
"Destiny" series may be released on both Xbox 360 and its successor. With so
many studios working on next-gen projects, we expect to see or hear about at
least some games that are being developed for "unspecified future consoles,"
which may give us our first glimpse of next-gen
gaming whether Microsoft and Sony are ready to discuss it or not.
That, or Microsoft and Sony could leave all talk of the next
generation of consoles to Nintendo again, which will undoubtedly have more Wii
U games to show off. Not exactly the business plan we would opt for, but what do we know...
Do you think we'll hear more about Microsoft and Sony's new
consoles at E3? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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Hope that its just a sneak peak or something. I'm not ready for the next gens to come out yet.
My wallet says no, but everything else says yes! I love hearing about new hardware!
Its not even 2013 and everybody is going crazy
Im happy with the hardware I got now.But if they announce something new I wont complain,i'll just have to start saving.
i kind of hope so but with sony losing so much money i just dont see them doing anything till they profit off the PS3 because another system is just gonna get them more in the hole at this point
Kinda want to say no duh
Sony and Microsoft talk about their future console plans?, nah. (It's not like that ever happens at E3)
Pffftt... rumors :/
I am still very happy with my and still very exited about the games that are coming, God of War, The Last of Us, The last Guardian, Dust 514 and others. It would be good to hear about the PS4 but I am still good with PS3.
Im totaly ready for next-gen consoles,when i played skyrim on the 360 i was satisfied,but felt like the developers really hed to cut corners on the console to make it work,Battlefield 3 same story,i want 64 players not 32!
Wii-U isn't even next-gen. It's Nintendo catching up with current-gen consoles.
I'm guessing we will at least hear about next-gen plans from both companies. I believe it's pretty unlikely we will get anything other than talk at this point though.