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Xbox 720: 343 Industries Working On 'Next Gen Halo Graphics'

NowGamer: Halo 5 could be headed to Microsoft's as-yet-unannounced next-gen console successor to the Xbox 360.

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Walker1418d ago

In this generation graphics at the Halo series was not impressive especially in technical standpoint . Im looking forward for next generation Halo .

Shaman1418d ago

Bungie Halos didn't look very impressive, Halo 4 does.

TheRealSpy1418d ago

Halo Reach looks pretty damn good.

skyward1418d ago

Reach looks nice, but Halo 4 at 720p is immense!

Crazyglues1418d ago

OMG! I would love to be a fly on the wall, just to see what that is looking like...

I mean this halo is looking amazing, so I can only imagine what X720 Halo is looking like... with all this developers saying nex gen could hit Avatar the movie graphics level, which is just crazy - but Wow

can you just picture what that Halo would look like, A Halo with Avatar Graphics -that would be so sick-

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1418d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

@Shaman

After s http://www.youtube.com/watc... this

halo is not impressive.

Killzone 3 still best console shooter.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

I know disagrees.
I am only talking about graphics here.

Halo now looks like a current gen AAA game that is why halo fans are impressed.

As far as ps4 goes it might have better graphics since sony has some very impressive developers & programmers who squeeze out all the power & MS is more of a third party type of company for the most part. Ps4 only needs to be on par with 720 to look better in that case.

TheRealSpy1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Like Crysis 3 will look 1/2 that good on console. lol.

Also, i don't find Killzone to be a visually impressive franchise at all. I think a lot of people just see what they want to see. Which is aided by Killzone's dramatically limited color palette.

I get so tired of hearing some Sonyheads spout on about how great they think their system and their developers are, and speculating about how PS4 will be the ultimate console because blah blah. It's not getting old...it's been old for years. And you don't get any added credibility just because you outnumber the rest of us gamers on n4g 10 to 1.

A Libertarian at the DNC isn't any less right just because he's surrounded by liberals.

Or lets put it another way. Get 4 cups of water. Fill one with ice cold water, one with room-temp water, and the last 2 with very hot water. Put one hand in the ice cold and one in the room-temp and leave them there for a few minutes. then move them both to the cups with hot water. the hand that was in the warm water won't feel the change in temperate nearly as much as the hand that was in the ice cold water.

in this analogy the PS2 is the ice cold water, the Xbox is the room-temp water, and the ps3 and 360 are the very hot water. Get it?

that change was more drastic, so you notice it more. Bungie's mistake was making Halo 2 look TOO good.

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torchic1417d ago

@shutupandtakemymoney

cmon bro you didn't have to derail the comments like that, no need to bring up Killzone here :/

@therealspy

you're either blind or delusional if you really think Killzone 3 was not visually impressive.

Pushagree1417d ago

If Halo 3 was next gen, but looked just like halo 2, which was last gen, doesnt that mean that next gen halo will also look like halo 3, which was next gen but looked like last gen?

I'm confused.

Lvl_up_gamer1417d ago

If we are strictly talking about graphics, then I believe Bungie's Halo looked great...not brilliant but great. Reach is the best looking Halo thus far and it looks great. You have to remember we are not talking about art style here which is where a lot of people get "graphics" and "art style" mixed up.

Killzone 2 and 3 looked brilliant. Plain and simple. The colour pallet was that of a war torn world constructed of metal and rust. Simple as that. So what do you expect. Halo "generally" takes place on a Halo that has not EVER seen war...thus...it's going to have lush environments full of colour. Only makes sense.

However, as a side note, Halo is by far more open and vast. Killzone is extremely linear where most of the gameplay is through tight corridors and hallways. More resources are used to give Halo the vehicles and open world where as Killzone can utilize resources for other less complex gameplay resulting in an overall better "looking" game...not so much "graphically".

It's a pick your poison scenario. Gameplay or Graphics....

I prefer Gameplay. But that is just me.

ado9081417d ago

Lvl_up_gamer

Who's to say that killzone doesn't have as good of a gameplay as Halo? honestly preferences is opinionated and I wish some of you people stop spouting that a game has better gameplay just because of your preferences and spout it out as a fact. I found Killzone 2 to be one of the best FPS game this generation. They set the bar with killzone 2 but killed it with killzone 3. And if anything Killzone and Halo are nothing alike aside from the fact they're both FPS's so idk why you people must bring an exclusive game of an opposing console to an article that has nothing to do with it.

Graphically Killzone 2-3 are superior than any Halo game out and Halo 4. There is seriously no denying this and if you are then you must be delusional or something is wrong with you. As a gameplay perspective point of view I prefer Halo more because of it's multiplayer but from the story I dislike both. The campaign in killzone 2 is incredible but Killzone 3 made no sense and was just dumb. In my opinion I never cared for Halo's campaign and never cared for any characters Master chief, Miranda, cortana ECT... But it's the games multiplayer and forge that outshine most FPS's.

Lvl_up_gamer1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

@ ado908

"Who's to say that killzone doesn't have as good of a gameplay as Halo?"

About roughly 22 MILLION people. That is approx the difference in sales between the 2 franchises this gen.

I won't even bother with average meta scores from the industry.

If Killzone had great gameplay, people would not only have bought Killzone 2 but also Killzone 3.

Killzone is in the highest selling and most popular genre of this generation. What possible reason for low sales could there be if the franchise is on par with Halo on a gameplay standpoint? What are the excuses...

Marketing? - Overplayed excuse, yet I saw tons of KZ2 and KZ3 commercials let alone what was on the internet and word of mouth.

Competition? - Halo has the same competition as Killzone yet it still sells between 8-12 million.

Sony has more 1st party games to choose from? - Redundant argument, KZ is in the highest selling and most popular genre this gen. If people wanted LBP2 over KZ2, then that is simply because consumers didn't feel that KZ was worth their money and chose to go with a different 1st party IP.

Maybe to YOU KZ stands above the rest, but you are in a very very very small group of people that believe that. I am not saying your opinion is wrong, I am saying your opinion is not shared by the masses.

There really isn't any excuse other than the franchise is just not appealing as other titles that share the same genre.

It's VERY well known that many many people were turned off of KZ2 because of it's "heavy gun" feel input when shooting. Killzone 3 is also well known for stripping away some of the more popular muliplayer features that were in KZ2.

Lack of co-op. Limited game modes etc. I am not going to bash Killzone, it is what it is and I enjoyed KZ2 very much, however in your quick defensive ways to come to the aid of Killzone, you seem to ignore what makes Halo the franchise it is to sell approx 27 million copies this gen.

HappyTrigger1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Why are people even comparing Halo and Killzone? Yeah sure they are in the same genre, but they have completely different gameplay mechanics and technical direction. Halo has always been known to render HUGE open spaces with lots of AI & vehicles.

The first level of Halo: Reach (Winter Contingency) is a prime example of open-world sandbox gameplay (You can actually choose your path and you can end the first part of the level in two different places). Couple that with 4 player split-screen AND online co-op. FORGE WORLD itself was a BIG technical undertaking for the Halo franchise. http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Killzone on the other hand relies on a more linear path where players are usually fighting in a small space. Killzone 2-3 do look absolutely beautiful, but shares nothing in common with Halo other than being in the same genre.

srcBFMVBMTH1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

@Lvl_up_gamer

Lol @ using sales to justify quality. Guess the Gran Turismo franchise absolutely curb stomps Halo considering it sold almost 20 million more units than the entire Halo franchise. And it's not even shooter. lol

"Marketing? - Overplayed excuse, yet I saw tons of KZ2 and KZ3 commercials let alone what was on the internet and word of mouth."

If you honestly think Killzone had even a FRACTION of Halo's marketing. Then that it just retarded.

"Competition? - Halo has the same competition as Killzone yet it still sells between 8-12 million."

and

"Sony has more 1st party games to choose from? - Redundant argument, KZ is in the highest selling and most popular genre this gen. If people wanted LBP2 over KZ2, then that is simply because consumers didn't feel that KZ was worth their money and chose to go with a different 1st party IP."

More like competition between it's own exclusives. I mean what games in 2009 did Halo 3 Odst have to compete against that were exclusive to 360. Forza 3 and Halo Wars? Wow, pretty obvious which game 360 owners would pick.

Now compare that to which Killzone 2 had to compete with in 2009. Uncharted 2, Infamous, Demon's Souls, and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time.

You got a 60+ million user base (That mostly consists of shooter fans) choosing between 3 games. One a shooter, one a racer, and one a RTS. Compared to a 60+ million user base choosing between 5 games.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out which between the 2 shooters will sell more.

Same exact thing with Killzone 3 in 2011. It had to compete with Uncharted 3, Infamous 2, Resistance 3, and LittleBigPlanet 2. Yet Gears of War 3 managed to outsell ALL OF THEM. But if you take a look at how better marketed Gears 3 was and it's competition. Which was basically only Forza 4. It's really no surprise.

I would bet my entire game collection. That if Killzone had the SAME EXACT AMOUNT OF MARKETING as Halo or Gears, and LESS COMPETITION BETWEEN IT'S OWN EXCLUSIVES such as Killzone vs. ONLY Ratchet & Clank, and LittleBigPlanet that year. It would be doing Halo and Gears numbers bro.

And don't even get me started about how crazy Halo 3 was marketed. LMAO.

Anyways, not saying Killzone is better than Halo. I'm aware of Halo's achievements and props to Microsoft for it.

But just the fact that you are trying to downplay marketing and competition, BOTH WHICH GREATLY AFFECT how well a shooter sells (Or any game for that matter) is pretty stupid IMO.

SixZeroFour1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

"More like competition between it's own exclusives. I mean what games in 2009 did Halo 3 Odst have to compete against that were exclusive to 360. Forza 3 and Halo Wars? Wow, pretty obvious which game 360 owners would pick.

Now compare that to which Killzone 2 had to compete with in 2009. Uncharted 2, Infamous, Demon's Souls, and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time.

You got a 60+ million user base (That mostly consists of shooter fans) choosing between 3 games. One a shooter, one a racer, and one a RTS. Compared to a 60+ million user base choosing between 5 games.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out which between the 2 shooters will sell more."

wait, why does one choice of a game depend on the exclusives released on the same year, rather than the games (both multiplat and exclusive) from the same genre?

in 2009, halo wouldnt have been going against forza or halo wars for sales, it would have been going against the latest CoD or whatever fps at that time...an FPS gamer isnt necessarily going to buy a racing game, but will consider buying a different fps game

same goes for killzone, regardless of the fact that there were many exclusives sold around the same time, an fps gamer isnt necessarily going to have to choose from among those choices to make his/her decision, a hardcore gamer would

why is it that you think exclusive games are only in competition with other exclusives? halo is in competition with EVERY 360 FPS game, both multiplat and exclusive, NOT every exlcusive game of every genre...same goes the same with killzone, its in competition with every game in the genre, not every exclusive from every genre

hated to feed this console war, but this part was just illogical

ado9081417d ago

Lvl_up_gamer

So this what you and the rest of the community resort to. Predicting a games enjoyment based on how much it sells. Super mario kart wii sold more than Halo and Killzone put together does that mean the games gameplay is better? My God the ignorant on this site. Saying sales means good gameplay is just as bad as using metacritic as your source.

Also did I not just say I prefer Halo over Killzone in my past comment? Then why are you trying so hard to pull out numbers to defend it to death? How is it that I'm exactly bashing it?

Also for your marketing and sale argument. HALO is MICROSOFT's ICONIC GAME! How do you expect Killzone to compete sale wise when the Halo gets advertised the way it does. When Halo, gears, and forza are the only major exclusive games being released on the 360 for the past couple of years and are pretty much the only focused series on the 360.

If we're talking about the same genre then it would mean COD is also better than Halo and killzone due to the fact the game sells more.....<--- this is your logic and I'm baffled people actually agree with what you said. I have both the 360 and Ps3 I can speak my mind out on these games because owning both gives me the right. XBL GT: Assassingamer36, and psn: Assassingamer136 check my achievments and trophies and it's funny cuz I own another 360 in my other living room.

srcBFMVBMTH1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

"wait, why does one choice of a game depend on the exclusives released on the same year, rather than the games (both multiplat and exclusive) from the same genre?

in 2009, halo wouldnt have been going against forza or halo wars for sales, it would have been going against the latest CoD or whatever fps at that time...an FPS gamer isnt necessarily going to buy a racing game, but will consider buying a different fps game

same goes for killzone, regardless of the fact that there were many exclusives sold around the same time, an fps gamer isnt necessarily going to have to choose from among those choices to make his/her decision, a hardcore gamer would

why is it that you think exclusive games are only in competition with other exclusives? halo is in competition with EVERY 360 FPS game, both multiplat and exclusive, NOT every exlcusive game of every genre...same goes the same with killzone, its in competition with every game in the genre, not every exclusive from every genre

hated to feed this console war, but this part was just illogical"

They are going against other exclusives, and multiplats as well.

Think of it like this.

A guy is on a budget, and only has enough to buy one exclusive. Either Halo 3 Odst, or Forza 4. Which one will he most likely choose?

I'm not talking about multiplats right now though. If I did, it would be

A guy with only a 360 has to choose between

Halo 3 Odst
Forza 4
Halo Wars
Some Muliplats

Another guy with only a PS3 has to choose between

Killzone 2
Uncharted 2
Infamous
Demon's Souls
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time
Some Multiplats

Like I said, it's obvious between the 2 groups which will sell better. The one with not as much competition with other exclusives and better marketing. Hence why Halo 3 Odst, will sell better than Killzone 2.

andibandit1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

@srcBFMVBMTH

You owe me your game collection, i've played both and will admit KZ looks good, but thats where the comparison ends. In Halo theres often a billion ways to play a map where as in killzone......you are like sheep in a pen...being led to the slaughter and all you do is Ooo'ing and AAaa'ing at how beautiful it looks.

So it isn't hard to choose, want a game where you can gung-ho it on normal difficulty, and on higher difficulties have to plan your attack(what weapons,vehicles, from what side, and who to take out first) OR...do you want to be in the sheep pen being led to your slaughtering

Obviously people choose Halo

srcBFMVBMTH1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

@andibandit

"You owe me your game collection, i've played both and will admit KZ looks good, but thats where the comparison ends."

Nice try kid but not really. lol. Think of it this way, if Microsoft created Killzone the same way Sony did, but marketed it the same as they did Halo. Pushing millions and millions of dollars on it for ad campains that could've been used for ACTUAL VIDEO GAMES. It would be doing Halo numbers. There is no denying it. Call of Duty is crap but it sells well because people are being constantly bombarded with ads. You can't really compare quality from sales either. Lol. If that would be the case. Then like I said, Gran Turismo franchise would curb stomp the Halo franchise, despite it not being a shooter.

"In Halo theres often a billion ways to play a map where as in killzone......you are like sheep in a pen...being led to the slaughter and all you do is Ooo'ing and AAaa'ing at how beautiful it looks. So it isn't hard to choose, want a game where you can gung-ho it on normal difficulty, and on higher difficulties have to plan your attack(what weapons,vehicles, from what side, and who to take out first) OR...do you want to be in the sheep pen being led to your slaughtering"

It's really how you play and enjoy the game really. The gameplay is completely different so you can't really compare them. Killzone has that weighted gun hefty Battlefield feel and Halo has that fast paced twitchy Call of Duty feel. (Yes I've played both). As for graphics and atmosphere. Again, it's what you prefer. If you want dark, gritty, and war torn. Killzone hands down. If you want colorful, fruity, and fun. It's Halo hands down.

Kurt Russell1417d ago

Everyone seems to be talking about Killzone? Personally I don't give a rats arse about your opinions on Killzone... I came here for Halo 4 so GTFO.

Kennytaur1417d ago

Halo 2 looked good on the old Xbox. I still remembering being in awe over the shiny textures.

Getowned1417d ago

Killzone isn't even that great >_< ... there I said it(the original was).. I'm a mostly ps3 and PC gamer but Halo is better in every way. Killzone needs to be retired imo, anyone who dosen't think so is a huge sony fanboy or is really really crazily obsessive over KZ which wouldn't even make it in my top 10 shooters this gen. GG games has talent but they need to move on and make a new IP and work on developing better gameplay. How can you even compare Halo and KZ.

Halo 4 looks great, I hope it turns out well I may have to steal my buddys xbox for a weekend :P (waiting for 720 see no point in buying a 360 this late in the game)

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ALLWRONG1418d ago

"In this generation graphics at the Halo series was not impressive"

Halo 4 is one of the best looking console games to date.

MightyPatapon1418d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Yes, Halo 4 is one of the best-looking Xbox 360 games.

But there's certain other console that has an exclusive first-person shooter franchise on it that looks exponentially more beautiful than any Halo 4.

Studio-YaMi1417d ago

"Halo 4 is one of the best looking console games to date."

uhh..no it's not!

Walker1417d ago

It has been released? or you are Nostradamus ?

ado9081417d ago

Ahhh so that's why you have that as your display name

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dogoodmatters1417d ago

Halo games are made with more realistic atmospheres so I can see a GPU update benefiting the game. Not a bad thing either.

avengers19781417d ago

who in there right mind didn't think Halo would be coming to the nextbox... seriously it will probably be the first game for it, maybe even bundled with it.

spicelicka1417d ago

Wait, did u say technical standpoint? I think halo games are the MOST impressive from a technical standpoint.

If you're talking about just the visual graphics then ok, but technically i haven't seen many FPS games that come close, handling so many enemies and vehicles on screen in large open landscapes.

solid_si1417d ago

Halo Reach looked 10x better than BF3 on consoles, that game looks nasy. Even COD looked better on my 50inch led samsung 3dtv.

KRUSSIDULL1417d ago

Graphics isnt just about looks. Also Halo Reach is one if not the most impresive game ever to appear on any console.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

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nchizimbi1418d ago

Obviously, game companies have their Research and Development teams working on current and future technologies.

GearSkiN1417d ago

They may have better graphics but will it have a better art design than halo 4? Guess we'll find out right.

wane1417d ago

Halo is more about open area not tight corridor scripted gameplay, also

tehpees31417d ago

I wonder how long it will be before it shows up. I'm guessing 2014.

marcmjm1417d ago

2013 should be reserved for several more seasons of Spartan Ops content in H4, with 2014 leaving room for Halo 2 Anniversary, and finally Halo 5 in 2015. That gives them 3 more years to work on the next Halo title! It just makes so much sense. I wouldn't mind waiting until then so long as they keep the content going for Halo 4 and release an anniversary edition for Halo 2. Who hasn't asked for that anyways?