Xbox 720 likely at E3 2012, Crytek on board

Microsoft is gearing up to announce the successor to the Xbox 360 at E3 2012, and Crytek is already developing a new TimeSplitters game for the next generation of consoles, can reveal.

Specifications for the new machine have not been finalised, but Crytek is using Microsoft's DirectX 11 as the current basis for next-generation development. Tessellation, multithreaded rendering, and compute shaders are the three headlining features for DirectX 11.

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Convas2684d ago (Edited 2684d ago )

Hmmm, don't know how to feel about this. Does this actually mean that Halo 4 will be pushed back to be a launch title for the NeXbox?

Excited and worried at the same time. How much'll this cost? What'll be the jump in technology? What're the specs? Oh yeah and of course ... WHAT ARE THEY USING AS A STORAGE MEDIUM?!?

The Meerkat2684d ago (Edited 2684d ago )

Maybe there will be 2 versions of Halo 4?

Like Halo CE and Halo CE HD.

It would be Halo 4 360 & Halo 4 720

tigertron2684d ago

I think Halo 4 will be the 360's final encore.

2012 is the most likely E3 for next-gen to be unveiled, with Christmas 2012/spring 2013 releases. I'd be surprised if Sony and Microsoft went another E3 without showing their new hardware, especially when Nintendo just unveiled theirs this year.

captain-obvious2684d ago (Edited 2684d ago )

i think it'll happen since Nintendo already did it and showed the WiiU

Sony is going to be last to reveal its new console since the PS3 still got games to go by and they got the PSV to launch first

AND halo 4 might be a launch title
remember there was NO 360 logo at the end

maniacmayhem2684d ago

Its more than possible that the nextbox will be 100% compatible with the 360. Therefore they can release halo 4 and still announce a new console.

I doubt the online infostructure of live will change so drastically that it will break halo 4 gameplay.

THWIP712684d ago

...just like how Nintendo released LoZ: Twilight Princess on GC and Wii.

ksense2684d ago

I am pretty sure Microsoft will tease the next console at e3 2012 just to eat into the Wii U buzz. I am really not sure about Sony though. They might do it just like they announced vita right before the 3ds launched.

gamingdroid2684d ago

What about cross play between consoles? There was also some talk about games being forward compatible.

Maybe a new Kinect that comes standard with the console too.

Now that is pretty cool.

Active Reload2684d ago

If it's powerful enough, Crytek could release Timesplitters onto the Wii U or Epic could maybe bring the Good Samaritan to it. It would be more than likely, those two companies that would push the console harder than most...

JeffGUNZ2684d ago

It makes perfect sense. Microsoft didn't show ANY Halo 4 gameplay. Just a teaser reveal trailer. They also announced it as a "new trilogy", makes sense to have this new trilogy on their next gen. console. Launching this system with a game like Halo 4 next gen. would be HUGE.

Also, think about this. Gears of War was pushed to September. Makes sense, it puts Gears back on a every 2 year cycle. I wouldn't doubt a Nextbox reveal at E3 with a launch 2012 holiday season. Microsoft is good for holding their cards and showing off content and releasign it shortly there after.

tigertron2684d ago

Halo 4 will be a 360 title.

Also, at the end of the trailer you see the 360 Jump In bit at the end.

AngryTypingGuy2684d ago

I definitely don't think that Halo 4 will be the 360's final encore. It's doing too good. The 360 will go well into the next generation and then slowly fizzle out. Unlike the original Xbox, the 360 is profitable for MS.

With all the money that companies lose to start up a new console, it will be an asset for MS to keep making money off of the 360 into the next gen, just like Sony will do with the PS3.

ginsunuva2684d ago

Lol you mean halo 4 and halo 4 720p

sikbeta2684d ago

What was the point of kinect if they're going to launch a new console? I don't think it's going to happen...

gamingdroid2684d ago

They can release a new Kinect with full backwards compatibility. Besides there is nothing preventing the current Kinect to work with a new Xbox.

AngryTypingGuy2684d ago

The points of Kinect were to breathe new life into the 360 and to capitalize on the motion-gaming craze. Who wouldn't want a chunk of the massive Wii market?

AAACE52684d ago

I swear, it seems like right after I say something, it gets announced! I said earlier today that the next Xbox would get announced at E3 2012! And about what could happen with Halo 4!

Fallouts2684d ago

I do remember reading a while back on a rumor about all 360 games being BC and taking it a step further by enhancing the game. Don't k ow by bow much or if it's even true but damn that would be a great idea, no more remakes just put it In.

EVILDEAD3602684d ago

Halo 4 will release next holiday on the 360 to an Xbox with 60 million plus install and a 45 million active subscription short Halo will finally launch in the holiday window and will have it's largest install in the history of the console. And will see the infamous price drop..

Halo 5..Forza 5..The next Gears trilogy..Fable 4..Kingdoms 2..will all make it onto 720.

All 360 assets will be backward compatible..Xbox Live accounts will push forward and so will Kinect.

This means we won't see a new 360 for 2 years and gives developers a 2-3 year shot to develop massive new ips to launch for all 3 new consoles.

People believing that Microsoft will pass up E3 is on drugs..because if they pass then they will lose all of the momentum that they have created this Gen and we saw how that has worked out for other consoles.


SilentNegotiator2683d ago (Edited 2683d ago )

A 2012 reveal hardly means a 2012 release. More likely 2013. Halo 4 will be on the 360.

Just remember what they say about rumors on the internet. MS is just starting to reap up profits with Kinect; I don't see them breaking that any time soon, unless they have a "KinectBox" system in mind.

"Real Banjo Kazooe would be also cool,.."
Don't wait up. Rare is a shell of their former self. They made the last game that way to have LIVE features; no surprise since they're a part of MS now. If the next game isn't on Kinect, it will at least have something LIVE related.

gamingdroid2683d ago

Based on manufacturing cost, Kinect is profitable day-1 for the hardware. That's of course not accounting for extra Xbox 360 hardware sales, other accessories and games.

Kinect has been wildly successful for MS.

SilentNegotiator2683d ago (Edited 2683d ago )


That's exactly what I said. But they just started selling the thing, like, half a year ago. Why would they abandon it and bring out a new console any time soon when Kinect is doing so well?

catguykyou2683d ago

They can announce the console at 2012 e3 and not release the console for another year. Wouldn't be the first time. Announce 2012, release 2013. Halo 4 comes out in 2012. 360 didn't have a Halo game at launch. I don't expect the new xbox to either.

catguykyou2683d ago


All of the accessories from the Wii are compatible with Wiiu.

I would imagine that they will still push Kinect even with the new Xbox. No reason it couldn't work on the new system. It just uses a usb connection.

gamingdroid2683d ago

MS aren't abandoning it with new hardware. They can either support both the new and existing, or continue using Kinect as is with the next console.

In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion the latter is what is going to happen. Then midway through the next cycle, they will release an updated Kinect to extend the life of the current console then.

ChrisGTR12683d ago

i bought a 360 on launch date but im fed up with the lack of exclusive games and new focus on kinect audience.

HappyGaming2683d ago

Halo 4 will be Xbox 1s Halo 2... the reason why people buy/keep their old Xbox...

dcbronco2683d ago

I believe MS will announce and launch a new system next year(remember they don't want to do the look and wait thing anymore). And Halo 4 will be on both systems. But it will be the same disc. Many may have forgotten that a year or two ago it was rumored that MS was working on a technology that would allow them to upgrade a game according to the specs of the machine being used. It may even have something to do with the new disc upgrade they did recently. They could launch a new console, that not only plays new 720 games, but upgrades old 360 games and improves Kinect because of a USB 3.0 interface. Anyone wanting to continue using a 360 or that wants a cheap console can still buy a 360. People who buy a 720 would get new value on their old games, abilities on Kinect and new experiences on the the new console.

dcbronco2683d ago

And I am so tired of the lack of exclusives nonsense. 360 has just as many exclusives as Sony. They may not be 1st party, but they get far more 3rd party support. And for all of this "I want exclusives" talk, no one really buys the games. Does anyone really think Sony made much profit if any on Killzone 2. It took 5 years of development. I would bet they lost money on that. Forza gets panned buy the same "exclusives" people and yet it continues to outsell the vast majority of Sony first party games. Only UC comes close. Fable, Gears and Halo all kill Sony exclusives in sales.

I know the reply, "I only want great games". Well another studio closed this week. Great games or not. You have to sell games too.

HappyGaming2683d ago

If PS4 is coming to E3 2012 we will know about it from March :P

Sony can never keep a secret...

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zinkabass2684d ago (Edited 2684d ago )

Most likely,.. What else do they really have?
Banjo Kazooe? Maybe it will release on both,.. one in 1080P with tessalation,..

MS=WEAK (even weaker, than at the start of this gen)
They have less studios than they had going in,.. sad

zinkabass2684d ago (Edited 2684d ago )

What did I say?,.. Halo4 on nextbox would only help them,.. Real Banjo Kazooe would be also cool,..
Or they can just pack and go home, without any first party,.. they would need to be damn crazy,.. Maybe you guys are just so loyal,.. battered wife syndrome,..

Or maybe they just really know and understand their consumers,...Sesame street and teletubies,.. apparently

Ghoul2684d ago (Edited 2684d ago )

wich all respect

dont underestimate a company preparing a new system, IF they announce the next box at e3 2012 then alot of companys are allready developing on the next hardware specs (estimates)

that would also explain the lack of new games this year on the 360

im not a fan of ms (but i like my box) and i bet if they announce a new xbox you can rest assured they will enter with a big bang.

maybe you should start with a little common sense instead of trying to be a pseudo analyst of the gaming industry.

i game for 26 years and work for 7 years on the games industry but i wouldnt dare to make such bold claims like most people do these days.

btw crytek back up ms alot lately and IF they are involved defining the next hardware you can rest asured that it will deliver.

if there is a company that pushes hardware still its crytek

zinkabass2684d ago (Edited 2684d ago )

@Ghoul,.. I do agree somewhat,.. but same apologetics was used last year,..
Want to make a bet? Hell, I doubt there will even be another MS system.
And about crytek,.. they don't push shit,.. they mostly brute force it,..If they were defining the new hardware,...shit would not look 599,..but 1599,..

TenkoTAiLS2684d ago

It's amusing you say don't count a company out when they release new tech, and if it has crytek on it that it will be decent and push the boundaries. Over on the Wii U topics people are bashing a new console before they know anything about it beyond the controller, and when it got crytek support people started saying how crytek wasnt important and it would probably be watered down. It's just sad how people change their opinions based on what company announces it.

OT tho, I am looking forward to seeing what Microsofts next offering is, will be interesting to see if there is any truth to the rumors about them trying to cross platform and integrate with Windows 8.

RedDead2683d ago

zinkabass...MS has done extremely well this gen. Sony was the one playing catch till about 09. They have made their mark in the gaming industry, and right now they are here to stay. Another console WILL be made.

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sjaakiejj2684d ago

the new Xbox will only release in 2013 - announcement at E3 2012, that gives Halo 4 plenty of headspace.

I hope this is true though.

malamdra2684d ago

if Kinect is indeed the future of MS like the guy with the sunglases said, then this whil be a crappy console with Wii U-like specs

and this time it will be absolutely true that next generation will start when Sony wants it

etowntwo2684d ago

If Sony releases last again next gen, then they will remain in last place like this gen kid.

k-dillinger2684d ago

yes i agree next gen starts when Sony says it does and ppl need to understand sony will not be releasing ps4 even if Microsoft launches theirs 1st the ps3 was meant to compete against wii u and 720.. besides its way to early for sony to follow suit after only releasing worldwide in what 2007 no way we got some years still b4 ps4..

frostypants2684d ago

The PS4 will release by early 2013 along with the 720/NeXbox. Sony won't make that mistake again.

It has nothing to do with the PS3. They'll still support it, just like they still support the PS2.

malamdra2684d ago

why is it that people keep comparing the sales numbers of products released years apart?

maybe the best thing fo Sony will be wait at least two years after MS releases their console to launch a new PS so sales numbers will have to be match in timeframes, like it should be now

slapedurmomsace2683d ago

How does it start when Sony says it does? So the Wii U is what? And if the next Xbox is release/announced before the PS4 what generation does that belong to? I swear, you guys defend Sony like that pay you. Oh btw, Nintendo use to think the "next generation" started when they said so as well and that somewhat worked for the SNES, but the N64 was not really a failure persay, but didn't come close to living up to the PS, and the Gamecube was a disaster compared to the number 1 console of that generation. Arrogance breds failure.

baodeus2683d ago


then u must admit that what Sony said about this gen (this gen won't start till Sony said so), isn't true then, and u are right. No one give a shitz what Sony said. If they aren't comming out early, people not gonna wait cause obviously they can make money early with other companies.

Since when did u hear companies release their product later than their competitors get most of the market share (unless their competitors screw up badly)? Well i don't need to tell u, u can see what happen with Sony this gen right?

Nicaragua2683d ago

"Since when did u hear companies release their product later than their competitors get most of the market share (unless their competitors screw up badly)? "

SNES released later than Sega Genesis and took most of the market share

PS2 released later than Dreamcast and took most of the market share

Wii released later than 360 and took most of the market share

baodeus2683d ago

Well i did say if the competitors don't screw up, like Sega which pretty much kill themselves.

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LocO_o2684d ago

If true this could mean alot of exclusives for the Xbox 720 - its kind of like the 360 where games like Bioshock,Dead Raising,Saints Row were all 360 exclusives because the PS3 was not ready yet.

frostypants2684d ago

Why do you assume that Sony isn't working on the PS4?

rob60212684d ago

Who all would be on board with development costs going even higher? They'll most likely get a bunch of this gen games in 1080p.

MakiManPR2683d ago

Hahaha No, u forgot the Ambulance WiiUWiiUWiiU.

fluffydelusions2684d ago

Is this site reliable? Just looking at the front page. 98% of the articles don't even have a comment.

keith-ps32684d ago

the trailer looked nice just want the main story to be longer it took me forever to to beat halo one and two

showtimefolks2684d ago

it is only matter of time till MS announce a new xbox. But it will not be way ahead of its time it will improve on what nintendo will do. and that's actaully smart have a system which does advances the tech and had kinect built in for a fair price of maybe 349 to 299.

than either at tgs 2012 or gdc 2013 sony will show or atleast confirmed the fact they are working on ps4 and it will launch fall 2013 to early 2014.

but i would not be surprised if for 2012 both sony and ms keep quite while tehey work on next consoles just to see what nintendo does right and what they can improve on.

biggest thing with next consoles will be price cony understands that look at NGP so don't expect to pay anything over 400 at the most but it could be as little as 349-299

Domer252684d ago

TimeSplitters 4.....yes please.

N4g_null2683d ago

Here is the trick windows 8 is the next xbox and it will need 8 gigs of ram to run just like how crytek wanted. Pc gaming comes home on the next xbox platform. You will see laptops with wiiu screens now and windows will have a vr feel to it now.

The next box will be alienware based an even Sony will have a version because the next xbox will be part of windows 8!

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KeiserSosay47882684d ago

I really hope it utilizes DX11

Kurylo3d2684d ago

why would u say that? Dx 10 was sort of just a stepping stone... dx 11 is the one with all the features... and anything that supports dx11 supports dx10... all modern day gpus support dx11, and if nintendos console is anything specification wise to go by... well then microsoft will make a dream machine.. even if it matches nintendos new console

fluffydelusions2684d ago

^^ I guess Wii U only has 10.1 support. Well that is what the rumors are saying anyway.

Shackdaddy8362684d ago (Edited 2684d ago )

@plb There is no dx for nintendo. dx is microsoft's.

N4g_null2683d ago

Shadermodel 4 is the best OpenGL baby! That's what's on nintendos next box.

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Ghoul2684d ago

you guys DO know that DX (Direct X) is a ms tech
neither sony nor nintendo are using it and never will.

just to let you know

SpartanQ82683d ago

i think sony is using Open GL correct me if i'm wrong

Ghoul2683d ago

yes sony is using opengl

the name says it all its pretty much open to anything you want if your capable of doing so

RevXM2683d ago

Sony uses PSGL
Its based on OpenGL ES.
It also suppurts LibGMC and C for Graphics (CG).
LibGMC is a low level language and CG is a Nvidia developed High level language for shaders.

Funny thing that MS co-developed CG with Nvidia.

Raven_Nomad2684d ago

Phil Spencer already declined comment as to if Halo 4 would be on the next Xbox. I already suspected Microsoft would announce Xbox 720 next year with Halo 4 and Gears Of War Exile as launch titles.

It only makes sense to start new trilogies on the next platform. Microsoft is smart though and while in the eyes of the people an announcement of the Xbox 720 would have "won" E3 in the people's eye, it would have crippled 360 sales in the meantime.

Expect Xbox 720 with Halo 4 Holiday next year. They will get a one year jump on Sony yet again.

Imagine a launch lineup with Halo 4, Gears Of War Exile and a game from Crytek...could be pretty slick.

Nes_Daze2684d ago

Well it's not like Sony needs to necessarily rush their next console to launch before the xbox720. By just releasing a moderately priced system, it is no where near impossible for them to overcome a headstart by the next Microsoft console. Heck, it is only a few million away and that is with all the bad press from launch and the psn outage, that's pretty impressive to me.
On another note, Not surprised, it will be interesting to see what this new console will look like and perform.

Dlacy13g2684d ago

@Gloomy_Nes... Actually I think its far more impressive that the 360 has managed to hold Sony off for as long as they have given the disaster of the RROD.

gamingdroid2684d ago

Yep, with "supposed" inferior technology to boot. Even more remarkable is that they are able to convince people to pay for Xbox Live, but Sony is unable to convince gamers to pay extra for the PS3.

Combined, the Xbox platform is more expensive than the PS3.