It was the E3 where we half-expected Sony to break cover with its plans for the next generation of PlayStation hardware, but come the hour, it was actually Microsoft that confirmed that its hardware engineers are hard at work architecting what Phil Spencer called "the next Xbox consoles". Implying that more than one new Xbox is in development right now is an interesting - and dare we suggest, deliberate - choice of words.This was swiftly followed up by a report from Microsoft/Windows-focused website thurrott.com, reporting on internal MS roadmaps describing a 'family of devices' currently in development under the 'Scarlett' codename, set to arrive in 2020. Thurrott's insider stories along these lines are typically well-sourced and the timelines tie-in with the arrival of the technological building blocks that will enable next-gen hardware. But with Spencer talking about new hardware in the plural and the Scarlett project reported as more than just a single console release, we have to … [Read more...] about In Theory: Will there be more than one next-gen Xbox?
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Nvidia is now expected to talk about its next-generation GeForce graphics cards in the latter half of August, finally putting to rest all the rumors and speculation, according to a program outline for the upcoming Hot Chips 2018 conference.This is the first bit of concrete news to surface on Nvidia's upcoming GPU plans, though there are still many questions to be answered. According to the schedule that Hot Chips posted, Nvidia's Stuart Oberman is on tap to discuss Nvidia's "next-generation mainstream GPU" at 11:30 AM on August 20.Here's a look:It's a vague entry, though it at least narrows the field down to mainstream GPUs, rather than what Nvidia might be cooking up for workstation and high performance computing (HPC) markets.Previously it was rumored that Nvidia might launch a next-gen gaming card in July, with an announcement potentially coming next month. That's still possible, as Nvidia could still discuss details about its next-gen GPU at Hot Chips even if it already launched, … [Read more...] about Nvidia is scheduled to discuss its next-gen GeForce GPUs on August 20
@stuff238 said: PS5 will easily win next gen. Microsoft is going to give up on consoles. They lost 3 gens in a row. Never made a profit off the Xbox brand and hide the failure/money loser by combining it with other slightly more successful entertainment ventures. It is only a matter of time before investors and head honchos say “screw it” and pull the plug. They don’t like losing even a cent. Best to cut the losses and end this experiment. They have gone half hearted every gen. They closed down a bunch of studios last gen and have no games. They want to turn Xbox into a TV and streaming service. Nintendo is Nintendo. They will eventually go 3rd party. Just a matter of time. If by going third party, you mean... ...then yeah. … [Read more...] about Do you think Sony will win next gen too?
The success of Fortnite isn’t about next-generation hardware, but the next-generation of games players. This is the generation of players who played games on hand-me-down hardware, old phones, and cheap $100 tablets. Not $400 games consoles and $60 games. Who on earth would pay that to play one game? The idea is insane, the reality of the costs preposterous. Fortnite’s structure suits that mindset. It’s free to begin with and you can buy a Season Pass to unlock gear and rewards as you play. But it’s also a magpie, grabbing elements established elsewhere and applying them regularly to keep the game fresh. Limited time modes come and go. A weekly update drops new weapons and clears out old ones. It’s the new Xur. Drop rates are tweaked, items are buffed and nerfed. Millions of players flock to the game every Thursday to hammer out seven challenges and earn that extra XP. For that next-gen player it’s the new Destiny or The Division. It’s not … [Read more...] about Fortnite is a true next-gen game
Cyberpunk 2077 has been one of the most secretive projects up until now, yet we all can’t wait to see some more of it. Even though it won’t be released for a couple of years as everyone expects, CD Projekt Red has been throwing hints as to where the project is headed. Latest one saw Cyberpunk 2077 being available even on next-gen consoles like PlayStation 5 and the next Xbox. Speaking at Pareto Securities Gaming Seminar 2018, Piotr Nielubowicz and Adam Kiciński of CD Projekt RED were asked about the gameplay reveal to which Piotr Nielubowicz replied by saying that they will share it “when it’s ready” but then Adam Kiciński added that players should expect something before “it’s ready.” However, in one of the slides shown in the seminar, it’s stated that Cyberpunk 2077 has “rich, true-to-life visuals built on current and next-generation technology”. This pretty much sounds like a new … [Read more...] about Cyberpunk 2077 Might Release On Next Gen Consoles Too