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We all know that the games business goes in cycles and that a new generation of consoles always comes along to replace whatever is popular today. In fact, we should now be talking about the Xbox 720, Sony PlayStation 4 and Wii II, or whatever they might be called, because game developers need a couple of years to create new games to exploit the new hardware capabilities that justify the launch of a new generation. But we aren’t, and Microsoft doesn’t want us to.
via Guardian [link]
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Sony (SNE) is developing a multi-core CPU for use in its next generation gaming console, the PlayStation 4 pc.
” Sony had been weighing a number of options, including a modified version of the Cell architecture used in the PS3 in combination with Intel’s Larrabee.
The Cell processor, which Sony developed with Toshiba and IBM, has been criticized as not being developer-friendly. Sony reportedly felt that none of the modified Cell solutions it was investigating would offer the horsepower it wanted for the PS4. This is the strongest indication so far that Sony is thinking of abandoning Cell altogether.
2010 should be a year filled with speculation about the PS4 and other next generation consoles, but we are years away from the actual release of any of them, so concrete information is probably a long way away.
Sony and Microsoft are readying peripheral devices next year to add on to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to further extend their product lives.
For instance, Microsoft is working on “Project Natal” to add motion-sensing game play to the Xbox, so it’s more like a Wii.
But Id Software technical director John Carmack, creator of “Doom” and “Quake,” told PC World he thinks Sony is hustling to release the PS4 before Microsoft has a competing product ready.
And gamer geeks are already guessing what the next generation video game consoles might look like.
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