“One of the most important things I would say is a unified virtual 64-bit address space, across both the GPU and the CPU. Not a partition space, like the PS3. Also, a full 64-bit space with virtualization on the hardware units – that would be a large improvement. There aren’t any twitchy graphics features that I really want; we want lots of bandwidth, and lots of cores. There’s going to be a heterogeneous environment here, and it’s pretty obvious at this point that we will have some form of CPU cores and GPU cores. We were thinking that it might be like a pure play Intel Larabee or something along that line, which would be interesting, but it seems clear at this point that we will have a combination of general purpose cores and GPU-oriented cores, which are getting flexible enough that you can do most of the things that you would do on a CPU.” – id Software co-founder John Carmack speaking to TomsGuide.
Criterion’s mostly about racing games, of course, the developer’s been at the forefront of said genre for a good bit. So it comes as no surprise to learn that yet again they’re taking the lead in bringing us a new type of racing experience, one that will boast open-world gameplay. None of this is surprising, what is interesting though, is news the new game will be under development not for PS3 and 360, but rather PS4 and Xbox 720 – maybe even Wii U. Are we closer to next gen than we thought?
This is now the third rumor concerning a 2012 release of Microsoft’s new console, this time from BGR, citing “sources inside Microsoft”.
Think PS3 and Xbox 360 boasts much prowess? That’s child’s play compared to what the PS4 and Xbox 2 will harbor. They won’t be one or two times more powerful – id Software boss John Carmack contends the new consoles will be 10x mightier than the current machines.
The grapevine is buzzing with Xbox-related news as a report has surfaced which claims Microsoft will unveil its next generation Xbox at E3 2012 and Timesplitters 4, a game being developed by Crytek, will be a launch title, one Crytek hopes will showcase the graphical prowess of the new console.
Yesterday Develop scored one of the biggest leaks this generation, when one of the site’s sources shared details of Microsoft new console with it, revealing that the new Xbox was already on location at one of EA’s studios. Microsoft and EA both declined to comment on the rumor, giving the talk even more credence. But when I woke up this morning going through my normal routine, I checked the email account associated with the site, and what I saw startled me.
A tipster had sent me what’s apparently the first image of Microsoft’s next Xbox. It looks like the real deal, and like an image that was quickly snapped without authorization. Have a look below the break.
The next Xbox will be out sooner rather than later, it seems, as a “senior, trusted, well-placed,” source has told Develop that the new hardware’s already on location at one of EA’s studios, and developers are already testing it out.
Xbox 720 and PS4 won’t arrive anytime soon according to people familiar with the situation, leaving Nintendo open to run wild with Project Cafe.
The next batch of consoles is just around the corner, believes Crytek boss Cevat Yerli, and speaking in an interview recently, he told the story of how they’ve been preparing for the moment with CryEngine 3.
DICE has sent the hype train for Battlefield 3 into full throttle and there’s no turning back. The developer’s been showing off the game on PC, and has admitted some console gamers might be disappointed when they see how it looks on Xbox 360 and PS3, all while maintaining it might turn out to be the best looking game on console. Still, the studio’s ready for change, with its executive producer Patrick Bach contending that they’re ready for the new rounds of console if they were to show up today or tomorrow.
The gaming industry’s in a “depression” according to Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot, and the only way to alleviate the situation is for the ‘big three’ to release a new batch of consoles.
It’s not often I dream about video games, nor the hardware they run on. But last night, in a rather surreal moment, I dreamt Microsoft had released its next generation Xbox, leaving the competition, and the gaming masses, stunned.
Here’s how it played out…
Microsoft isn’t just contemplating development of its next Xbox console, the firm is already hiring.
Earlier today, DICE released a gameplay trailer of its latest game, Battlefield 3, one that left the gaming masses without speech. It is the best looking game we’ve seen, and surely the most impressive shooter. DICE said Frosbite 2, its latest engine, brings the eighth generation of gaming right here, right now. And now Epic Games has released some new images that’s impressing us all on the same level.
Here’s my question: with such powerful engines being unveiled that are way beyond their time, is it time for the next round of consoles? Or better yet, are you willing to jump in?
Because of Sony and Microsoft’s move into the motion controls market, analysts have said that we might not see the next set of video game consoles until 2014, but if you were to ask Crytek, the developer would give you a much sooner date than the aforesaid.