EA is among the largest and most successful publishers in gaming today, and their second quarter results not only reflected that, but they also indicated the amount of money EA is currently investing in next-generation gaming development.
Oh EA, it would be you to spoil something (next gen is very close).
Why is this not surprising though?
if the next gen isnt a technical revolution but simply the regular evolution of gaming. for that, we will see a bump in cpu performance, gpu performance but more than likely we will see a greater bump in memory. The current fidelity in games being produced will make better use from the increase in memory than the other two. Not saying the other two arent as important but lets just say that with more memory to work with, it makes the cpu/gpu job easier. There is a cost factor to consider for these new platforms and memory expansion is one of the cheapest.
It should only surprise morons who think games are developed in the 6 month period from most game announcements. @ DarthV Next gen may not be a huge revolutionary leap, but I do expect more solid performance in trade of the lack of eye candy. Next gen should be more about refined experiences that were new to this gen.
@darthv72 Oh please yes! I am actually pretty satisfied with the geometry and shading in current games.. it's the textures that are actually blemishing the visuals for me on console games more often than not (w/c would be solved by more RAM!). Can't wait for the next gen! :D
would not be surprised one bit if PS4 technology same as wii U with tablet controller.
I agree with darth.. The memory is a much needed boost game developers need to increase productivity. Working around restrictions takes time and money. Freedom to carry out your vision without hurdles is a plus.
Well, they will also be vastly more graphically capable, with much better CPUs (CPU power increasing the least though). Tech gets better and cheaper. RAM will go from 512MB to 4GB or more. Graphical capabilities will be going from 30fps not even 720p with blurry low res deferred rendering buffers and low res textues, to 1080p with textures 4x higher in quality and deferred buffers at the native res instead of factored down, and a lot more games at 60fps (until marketing push the graphical requirements up to compete and more games have to drop to 30fps) RAM performance will be getting 8x better (im not sure if the speed will be a big deal). But graphical performance will be going up 20x+, the actual visual impact of this isn't so huge though, but it's not necessarily expensive - it's still silicon, R&D costs are the potential problem.
Apart from the obligatory bump in graphics fidelity and technology, I expect a leap in available services and features not related to gaming. That is where the competition will heat up. That said, I see no reason why gaming still wouldn't be a big part of next generation. RAM increase will be significant, but let's face it. To support all these other services, a lot of the memory will be reserved for the OS/system just like the Wii U.
hold on a second who here doesn't know that games are in development for next gen systems? on one hand most of y'all want to shout wii-u is next gen well if that's the case than yes they are in development. I do also believe that sony and ms have provided 3rd party publishers with all the specs so they can start working on next gen titles this article is useless its like saying there will be another COD next year and its in development well who doesn't know that i can't wait to see some of y'all react when either ms or sony doesn't announce a new system for fall of 2013. The earliest a system from either will come out is 2014.
"i can't wait to see some of y'all react when either ms or sony doesn't announce a new system for fall of 2013. The earliest a system from either will come out is 2014." the lack of announcing a system does not invalidate the development of games for those unannounced systems. That is why there is such a thing called a "development cycle". simply put, they more than likely started working on their successors shortly after the first ones were sold. That is how things work. you dont sit back and just watch, you get back to the R&D and work on things you hadnt thought of during the previous development cycle. What helps tremendously now more than all other console generations prior is the gap between PC and console is narrowing. So the development of titles on high end PC's that are modular gives these devs the ability to adapt to the changing conditions of the hardware. So when the time is right and the final specs have been sent to mfg, the games will be ready to take advantage.
@showtimefolks False, false, false. There are too many developers, publishers and general people who work in the industry that all say there will be a new console out next year with a second to follow during the early part of 2014 (No I'm not referring to Pachter because he's not who I'm talking about) People don't just walk around saying that, especially in this industry, unless they have a real reason to. They must have some sort of inside knowledge or indication. There is going to be a system that comes out, most likely the next Xbox, next year. There is just too much to support pointing at that.
crock7owu10 fall 2013 makes sense but don't expect anyone to release a high profile home console in early 2014. console launches are always during holiday season its not time for another system xbox360 and ps3 are still delivering and will do so for next 12-24 months. go ahead click disagree but fall 2013 for next xbox360 imo won't happen and we know ps4 isn't due till fall 2014 anyway when these systems are still selling so well and may i remind you still selling for 25-300 bucks
Xbox 3 will release in Fall 2013. PS4 will release in Spring 2014. Most likely April. That's what I expect anyway.
Ok y`all. Are you an afro-american woman from the ghetto?
i would love it to be BLACK2,its a shame that this gen is about to end and EA has not tought to bring back the game,afterall the original on the ps2/xbox was a very good game.For is time the destruction and and gun play was epic and fun so i can only imagine what it will look like for the ps4/720.
I loved BLACK when I played it on my PS2! At the time, it offered something other FPS games lacked.
Oh... But next gen is already here! Remember all those WII-U fans saying WII-U was next gen well than
Thats good news. Looking forward to seeing what they can come up with on the xbox 720. And how they can harness the power of the next generation of xbox live into their next generation projects. Due to the financial earnings of this generation. I predict the next generation xbox will offer they highest end of specs of the bunch. EA will likely create some beautiful games on the platform. Which will most likely be the leading platform for their titles just as this generation.
why the disagrees? haters gonna hate i guess. If your comment would have said Playstation 4 instead of xbox 720 you would have more than ten agrees by now.
I'm excited to see what the Wii U is going to bring for next gen. Even though it might be dated to some people, it is an improvement compared to the 360 and PS3, and yet we see beautiful games like the Last of Us and Halo 4 at the end of an aging generation. I'm going to look forward to what developers can do when they fully harness what the Wii U is capable of, and how they can integrate the touch pad with it. Hopefully it's not going to be as bad as others think and it might actually put competition in these (as much as it hurts to say) next gen console wars.
Just like how they harnessed the power of the Wii.. same story, different gen. PS4/720 will lead the more core titles because the Wii U just won't have the power for it. Not talking about sales here.. We all know Wii U's gonna be the "family/friends/casual console" leading that figure.
Wii U ? Mainly for kids. *sigh*
let's all wait until the specs of the 720/PS4 are released before you brag about something you may shoot yourself in the foot for later..
Well its about time!
Hope to hear about other studios doing Nextgen projects soon. I don't like EA much.
I bet a gta game is already in the works for next gen
Angrymorgan: I doubt a next gen GTA is already in the works as 5 isn't even out yet. More than likely though they are already working on a new engine or are simply adapting the current for dx11 in anticipation of the next gen consoles. Perhaps that could be why they aren't showing their hand with a PC release window--they could use it to showcase 5 on an updated engine (its what I'm hoping for anyways, lol). Hopefully we'll see another Red Dead sometime next generation as well (I think I'd rather have it than a next gen gta so soon after 5, but that could just be me).
@ eldyraen I mean in the works as in throwing ideas around etc, not programming and stuff..... Another red dead would be awesome too, loved that game
Both consoles in the next generation will have super-hyper-duper-uber graphics. The Best console between those 2 will be the one that can do more multitasking, what the OS offers, exclusive games and features, a great user interface, and maybe a huge app store. I think Sony should do an OS that is a hybrid between what they want to do and android.
If they're going with an Android-esque route, they should experiment with the VITA 1st.
You mean like the Sony xperia smartphone? http://www.sonymobile.com/u...
Can't wait til they announce these next gen consoles! Pleeeeaaasssssseeee hurry up we have waited long enough!
I wonder if the two consoles will be close in specs comparison like this gen, or if there'll be a big gap like the Xbox/ps2.
if there were spies infiltrating each others camp during the R&D process for 360 and PS3. I mean, those two consoles have more alike than they are different. Never have i seen such a comparison of consoles before so i would likely guess we wont see them again. MS and Sony will want to differentiate their next units as much as possible to avoid confusion. Unless...that was the whole point in the first place. Create similar systems to confuse the consumer and thus people flock to the wii instead.
@Darth no spies, IBM made both the processors for the PS3 and 360. David Shippy who was the chief architect of the power processing unit for the Cell (the engine that drives the PS3). The chip began the research and design process in 2000 when Sony asked IBM for an "order of magnitude increase in processing performance." Ironically it was that very ambition and the design that followed that would one day be the foundation for Microsoft's Xbox 360. Shippy describes the design goals as shooting for a "supercomputer on a chip" and says "We came along with Cell and we were double the frequency of any PC out there." Then in 2003 Microsoft comes to IBM and, much like Sony, asked them to design a chip unlike anything that was currently on the market. Naturally, IBM showed The Big M their latest and greatest tech which, at that time, was the multi-core "road map" that was used to create what would eventually become the Cell. Keep in mind, that all of this original technology was originally financed by Sony and Toshiba for use in the PS3. Shippy maintains that Microsoft never got a look at the actual Cell processor and maintains that it was IBM's right to sell the technology to other platforms, such as the Xbox 360, but also states, "The Cell itself and the fundamental architecture that went into that -- that was all proprietary for PS3." Even still, the fact remains that Xbox 360 chip designers and PS3 chip designers were, at one time, working side-by-side with one another at IBM. Shippy details distaste that developed between the two teams, "when this whole Xbox thing came in, there were certainly a lot of guys -- even on my team -- that were fairly upset about it."
ah i still have SO MANY games to catch up on, hope i can get to most of them before the next xbox comes out.
Official unveiling cannot get here soon enough
Please announce both at E3 both release a bit before Christmas.
All i ask is the systems lunch with a good racer, shooter, rpg, sports title ect ... something from each genre.
Who disagreed on my post? How can you disagree on a good game for each genre? Sorry i dont want next gen to be cod only.
E3 will show some more nx gen games.. This last one only gave us a taste of whats being worked on.. Development for curent gen will continue for another couple years w sony saying til at least 2015.. If thats the case PS4 must be shown in 2013 to continue the 7 yr in tradition of new console reveals
4K+ Graphics coming
Considering the fact 4k Tvs cost thousands I highly doubt Sony will support it this gen, hopefully ps5.
yes.. but only OS, 2D PSstore/xlive smaller titles.. Or DOOM 3 graphics.. A 1080p 30+ FPS UC4 is more realistic.
1080 will be first priority. 30-60 fps I am hoping they aim for at least 60 + Fps this gen, but knowing them they will scrape the bare minimum to get 30 fps @1080p. Sony might plan something else to get near 4K graphics at say 20fps, but I am doubtful. Its super expensive and the newest Highest end graphics cards scrape 4K graphics at 20-60 fps. No decent priced monitors ready for that yet though. Its way to early.
A business buying in mass quantities could scrape together a machine that would run 4k @30+FPS for ~$800 each currently and 60FPS would be about $1000. I'd love to see it happen as soon as possible, but their are going to wait until it's affordable.
Not really sure we can rely on R&D costs for EA to demonstrate that the next Xbox and PS4 are in the works. I mean I do believe they are, and we have many that have been off the record on working on such things BUT an R&D budget increase at EA could mean MANY things. They could be developing new engines, new middleware for Tablets and Mobile and lets not forget... WiiU is launching and they are probably getting pushed/pursuaded by Nintendo to develop for that platform too. WiiU developement will be unique and most likely require a bit of continued R&D as they wrestle with the new system. And lets face it, EA has a whole back end system that they are probably looking to overhaul (Origins) and make it even more functional across all platforms.
I gaurantee it's not a Next Gen MOH
please EA put MOH out of this misery
thought the new gens would come out this year on the 20th of december 20/12/2012 2012 see what i mean,that would be cool hehe.
With such a great catalog of games now and soon to Come I'm not in a rush for next gen. There are still a ton of great games yet to arrive the last of us, beyond, mgs: ground zeroes, GTA. I understand everyone is anxious for new tech generation, I'm excited about what the possibilities of a more power hardware can bring to gaming. Next gen will come when it's ready.
Looks like they don't want to loose to NINTENDO
Being tight is better than being loose after all
I don't see next gen lasting 7 - 9 years like this one. Technology is just moving so fast. In 5 years a graphics card with Nvidia GTX 690 power will probably be outdated.
To be honest, I see the PS4 and Wii U lasting about 6 years, as I believe that with al lthe patents Sony has been releasing, the PS4 will be a virtual reality based gaming platform that although could be good, will obviously be something that won't take to long be upgraded, and the Wii U seems to be what the next gen console would be without that much multimedia, since it simply has advanced hardware (it does) and a tablet style controller, which again, there will be improvements. The 720 will probably last like 7-10 years because Microsoft is trying to make the XBOX be all you need for living room entertainment, and they had a job listing showing how they will be doing cloud based interactive content with kinect that would be "a major innovation", which is why I think it will last the longest.
lol......consoles.....seriousl y, it was great back in 2005, 2006, 2007, by 2008 it was like, yeah....thats a neat sequel, but ummmm....whats up with the jaggies still, and the sub-hd everywhere, and screen tearing, you've heard of v-sync right by 2009 consoles games were near impossible to look at, people were ranting about uncharted 3 and gears 2,.....lol....I kept thinkking, what the fugg, are they serious, these games look freaking AWFUL, low res....jagged mess, pop-in everywhere, 2004 era texture work i just cannot believe anyone even talks about ps3/360/wii anymore, they are so beyond last gen, honestly, its only the mainstream media and call of duty/halo fans that still plays these things everyone i know is gaming on pc (for the real gaming, ultra hardcore all the way to casual), on their tablets or on their phone the only people i know who are still crazy about their xbox360 and ps3 are my 10, 7 and 4 year old nephews (gave them my old school elite 360 years ago) they also think the wii is just as amazing as well, and to be honest, wii games look way closer to ps3/360 games than 360/ps3 games do to the games i play ps3/360 are 2 generations old as far as i'm concerned
"everyone i know is gaming on pc (for the real gaming, ultra hardcore all the way to casual), on their tablets or on their phone" Oh, you mean nerds?
Being a nerd isn't necessarily a bad thing. I don't know if the dude above you is a nerd or not, but he certainly is an idiot.
thanks for the enlightening retrospect on console gaming /s you're just another one of those fanatical pc dooshbags x] graphics aren't everything, you know? and everyone that YOU know doesn't mean balls lolz everyone i know plays on consoles. so what? it doesn't mean a thing. "real gaming" my ass lolz you can find real gaming on any platform. you give pc gamers a horrible reputation.
Bring on next-gen, I need it! Starting with Wii U and the rest will follow :)
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more like PLAYSTATION NINE THOUSAND 9 0 0 0
i want it -_-
When the 360 got released it still looked "last gen" similarly speaking with the exception of some HD touch ups and better performance wise. Same will probably go with 720 and PS4 but better, it will probably look like the most advance current gen game graphically but performance I can see a big leap if utilize correctly. Lol we've heard last year EA was working on 720 and PS4 games but they denied it. It's good to know that that this rumor is popping back up, sorta speak.
Okay, the leap wouldn't be significant. But wouldn't they have to show off something that would pull consumers to wanting their new consoles? So, there has to be an illusion of a significant leap. If a PS4 was announced today and say resident evil 7 was being showcased on i and it looked like resident evil 6 with a better textures, why should it buy it? I have seen it before but it just looks a little better. I know next gen is not just about the graphics; its also about innovation/evolution in gameplay and design. Like a beautiful women, whether we would like to admit it or not, it would be the visuals that would first draw your eye. You would then notice her smile, her eyes, the way she walks; its so different.
Now all EA have to do to be the better out of the biggest, greediest & worst (which Activision are top A-hole dogs at) developers/publishers, is officially announce Mirrors Edge 2 as a next gen launch game (exclusive to PS3 would be a nice but highly dillusional addition too). I really can't get the game industry & the companies that develop games & publish them.....I mean, firtsly WTF are they doing with release schedules that leave big gaps throughout the year where a gap can last 3 months or more......in this time there is barely any good games released, & aaa big budget/hype driven titles have been scheduled ALL for release al the same time of the year. So you get a mass avalanche of great games (many of which you would love in Santas sack), which then, many people have to choose 1, 2 or 3 titles out of 10 or more end of year releases, & in turn, a heap of those games fail because they were dumb enough to release a FPS, in the same week or month as COD 6: Revenge on The Battlefield. So, because of there dumb a$$ scheduling, many gamers miss out on mant great titles. I mean, we all think, "wow, I'm a bit strapped for cash this week, or month", or such when 3 or 4 critically successful games hit shelves & we all say to ourselves, "I'll buy those other 2 games in a few weeks, or when I have the funds &/or the game is on special", but, then a few weeks, pass buy & another 3 or 4 games hit game shelves & you go through the same thought process & get what you can afford, so in turn the 1st batch you were gonna buy when you could afford it, get buried by the stream of flowing new titles. We end up missing out on so many great, original, innovative, FUN gmaes, & the developers of the forgotten gems, are either destroyed by manipulative publisher who f%ck up the release dates by releasing alongside the surefire, pre-determined, overhyped, whirlwind of big budgeted, well marketed, sequels that hit in the silly season & we never see those developers again, or we never get sequels to games that NEED sequels far more than any COD or BF. I mean, seriously, we could live with just COD 4: MW & the 1st BF to hit PS3 & 360, as ALL there sequels are just the same game with new enviroments. So, we instead could have supported the more obscure, under marketed, non-establihed titles like the Mirrors Edge's, BG&E's, Psychonauts, Okami's, Ico's, SOTC's, Strangers Wraths, & other awesome, original IP's that get criminally ignored by the masses of sheep that flock to a sports sequel, war themed shooter sequel, or other non-needed, overhyped, summer blockbuster "slacker" sequel that undeservedly sells 10's of millions of copies. If publishers/developers flowed & evened out there releases over the year & ironed out those dry spells, so as to make certain that this September until mid December over-abundance of quality games, I'm f%$king certain that they would have far more sales success than the current situation that gets repeated year after year without fail, or any kind of learning from past mistakes process that comes to most of us as common sense. When will they learn?