While the costs of building such a player will no doubt drop between now and then... given the current investments that Microsoft is making in the existing 360 platform & ecosystem... I’d be flabbergasted if they were to be any eighth generation console in 2012, let alone from Microsoft... doubly so if the economy is still struggling (which it will be). 2015 (*maybe* 2014) is the earliest I would expect to see Microsoft release something in the 8th generation.
As a consumer/gamer, it'd be neat, sure... but speaking as a pragmatic, it simply isn't going to happen.
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Yeah I'm betting Wii U will be the only next-gen console for a couple years at least.
@PaoloM: considering the work done on the ARM kernel.
I wonder... isn't ARM the low wattage / low power architecture? So, the Xbox been through Intel and PowerPC... I wonder what the next level of HD gaming is... I don't think 3D is going to be big just yet... And I don't think it's going to be graphics either... You can't go beyond 1080 ... so, it's gotta be something else...
ARM is another out-of-order CPU architecture, like PowerPC, only with power usage minimization as one of the key design principles.
So compilers and tools designed for PowerPC should be (relatively) easy to modify and target ARM systems.
the thing is you'd want devs to start writing games a couple of years before the Xbox is released... and it is rumored to be 2014... I'm guessing the architecture question was answered a long time ago... Although, that does explain why Windows runs on ARM now... very interesting...
I think the next big thing in gaming hardware is gonna be 100 hardware threads
@Dovella: I they don't pull a Sony us, and remove the windows 8 OS feature at a unspecified time in the future.
imo its not at all a given that microsoft will build their next console themselvs. they might just go out with a firm hardware spec for a 'console windows 8 system' and let other hardware vendors battle it out. Consoles should be PCs anyway, and microsoft has everything to gain from unifying the two..
Granted, its not the most probable way think will go down, but it would make alot of sense
Announcing the Xbox 3 at E3 2012 makes sense: often products announced at E3 don't hit the retail shelves for another year, if not longer. Remember how Half-Life 2 rocked everyone in May/June 2003 but it took until October 2004 for the game to actually come out. The Wii U is set for a 2012 release date too (no-doubt staggered, but hopefully not as much as the 21-month delay between the SNES being launched in Japan and Australia getting their hands on it).
I find it amusing that Nintendo did motion control for the Wii as their "bet the farm" strategy, then everyone else doing it, and now they're going back to their controller roots.
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