We all know the current console generation is winding down, but the next could start as soon as next year, according to a recent job posting by Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. “Come work with the game industry’s brightest on an exciting, unannounced next gen title,” the posting reads. Given that Call of Duty is an annual series, and it’s Infinity Ward’s ‘turn’ next, we could be seeing new consoles as early as next year. Sony and Microsoft have been fairly silent about what their next generation of hardware will look like, but there have been hints here and there. In a recent interview with the UK’s Financial Times (paywall), Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida said “at this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware.” This comes after Microsoft’s E3 2018 presentation, where Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed the company is “deep into … [Read more...] about Infinity Ward is working on a “next gen” game, so new consoles may launch in 2019
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The studio which includes many Final Fantasy XV developers is planning a next-gen game. The recently established Luminous Productions, which is helmed by Hajime Tabata (who we have interviewed before) and filled with many team members of Final Fantasy XV, put up job listings (in Japanese) for many positions. What’s key here is that they hint at a next-gen game. The job listings include: Graphics programmers, gameplay programmers, animation programmers, AI programmers Tool programmers, R&D programmers, and various VFX positions Game designers, AI designers Technical animators, facial animators Rigging artists, concept artists, 3D character artists, “simulation technical artists” Live service planners, data analysts. The listings also further detail that the project they are hiring for is a “high-end AAA console game project, a world-class large-scale game that everyone knows.” Additionally, listings say that people in … [Read more...] about Is This New Studio Founded by Final Fantasy XV Devs Planning a Next-Gen Game?
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?
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
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