Next-Gen: It’s More Fun To Speculate

After a fair bit of console searching; sifting through nearly endless amounts of rumors, fake pictures, and dedicated forums speculating over the future successors of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, I found some “viable” information, and started connecting the dots. What I found is nothing spectacular, but it’s fact, and sometimes fact is much more boring than fiction, or in this case; rumors (which there is a sh**load of).

But nonetheless, here’s what I found:

Editors Note: All the information in this article has been sourced, and is verbatim

PS3 Successor (Playstation 4)

Masaru Kato Sony Corp CFO Next Gen: Its More Fun To Speculate

Masaru "Mark" Kato - Sony Corp CFO

Sony is definitely remaining tight-lipped about a reveal or release date, but they’re not airtight when it comes to their future development plans and expenditures. In a conference call with investors on May 26 2011, Sony’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer Masaru Kato confirmed Sony’s ongoing development of the [PS4].

This disclosure was realized when he was questioned about increased R&D (research & development) costs; which will average about 460 billion yen this year compared to last year’s 426.8 billion.

However, only five days later in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (May 31, 2011) Kato denies that he was referring to PS3′s successor:

“This is a good opportunity to clarify this. Some people misread what I said, the only new platform I specifically mentioned in my reply to the analyst’s question was the NGP (Next Generation Portable), and that the rest was a [general] statement.”

Ironically he followed up with another [general] statement:

“Any time we launch a product, from that day we already start thinking about the next one.”

Xbox 360 Successor (Xbox 720)

peter moor microsoft Next Gen: Its More Fun To Speculate

Microsoft is just as cryptic with details surrounding the 360′s successor but again, cryptography prevails (in miniscule packets). EGM magazine interviewed Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Division, Peter Moore. When EGM asked him when the next-gen console from Microsoft would be sold, and would they drop support for the 360; he replied:

“the production team from the Xbox 360 is working on the next Xbox 720 [our pet name], and their looking into what kind of CPUs will be available on the market in 2011-2012; we will still support the 360 as long as it’s sold.

Back in June, just weeks after E3 2011, an unnamed source (according to with knowledge of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division confirmed with that a next-gen console will be revealed at E3 2012, the source also confirmed that the new console has been in development for the past 6 years.

On the same note (and article) Id Software’s co founder and lead programmer John Carmack, stated:

we should expect Microsoft to announce their next Xbox console at E3 2012, with the new system becoming available in 2013.

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Id software Co-founder, Technical Director, Lead progammer...

Although Carmack is not a Microsoft official, his job consists of keeping his team of programmers updated with the latest advancements of development in the industry; especially those from Sony and Microsoft, respectively. Considering this truth, his statements (pertaining to a time-frame )for next-gen consoles are likely credible.

So there you have it. You’ve probably already read, heard, and festered with this topic like the rest of us consumers, but yet these facts remain, and truthfully they seems kinda thin.

But hey, that’s normal. We’re fresh into the buzz of next-gen anyway, so any talks of hardware capabilities at such an early stage of R&D for Sony and Microsoft will probably consist of speculation or corporate leaks.

Ah well, looks like we gotta wait until E3 2012 to see anything dramatic..hopefully.

Another editors note: These images are only concepts, and probably incorrect at that

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