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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 07:23

Is the 720 on target for E3 2012?

Written by David Stellmack


Rumors suggest that this is the case
Rumors over the last couple of days suggest that Crytek is apparently already hard at work building a new version of their engine for what most are calling the next Microsoft console, or Xbox 720, if you will. Sources say that Microsoft has already decided to move forward with their target to be an unveiled at E3 in 2012 which is expected to once again beat Sony to market.

Crytek has been working with Microsoft more recently, and as part of the work they are doing on moving their engine to DirectX 11, they are also preparing Timesplitters 4 as a showcase title for the Xbox 720 console. Timesplitters was acquired with the company’s acquisition of Free Radical way back in 2009, and since then Crytek has been peppered over and over again as to whether there would be a Timesplitters release now that Crytek owned the IP.

A number of other sources seem to indicate that sources within Crytek have confirmed their work on the new engine for the console; but we believe that it is doubtful that they yet have hardware, as it is unlikely that the specifications for the console have yet to be finalized. In addition, the suggestion that they are using DirectX 11 indicates that, much like DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine, Crytek is using the PC as the development platform with the plan to move the code over to the 720 at some point later; which suggests that the 720 will have a feature set that is similar to DirectX 11.

Some sources that we have spoken with seem to take this entire suggestion with a grain of salt. While these sources freely admit that they know Microsoft is working on the development of the successor to the Xbox 360, it is difficult to believe that Microsoft would want to announce as soon as E3 2012 while it does appear that the 360 still has a lot of life left in it. Although with the announcement of the Wii U, it could be that Microsoft’s timeline is unchanged and the need for a next generation announcement next year is necessary.

If the E3 announcement pans out to be true, we suspect that a 2013 availability of the console is in the cards, but some say that Microsoft will roll the console out for the 2012 holiday season. We believe this to be doubtful, as we suspect Microsoft will want to have a strong holiday season before moving to the next console. In any event, we will just have to wait and see; and don’t expect Microsoft to be forthcoming with any clues as to their next console strategy.

David Stellmack

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+10 #1 KillerHurdz 2011-06-15 07:36
720... *facepalm*.
 
 
+11 #2 techno 2011-06-15 07:52
Well seeing as how they have just released a new SOC version of their "Chip" and updated their disc operating system it seems like they are planning for a little longer than suggested IMO.
 
 
+3 #3 Jaberwocky 2011-06-15 08:55
A previous fud article suggested that the new SOC chip for the 360 had been 'throttled back' to make sure it ran the current software.Maybe the new chip is 720 ready and will be given full reign to run at 60fps at 1080p at 8x AA which is as far as I am concerned what I assume will probably be the performance envelope.

Anyway , that's my conspiracy theory ;-)
 
 
+8 #4 ph0b0s 2011-06-15 10:01
This article is full of inconstancies. Supposedly Crytek already have an engine that works on DX 11, so why are they making a new engine apart from the desire to just make a new engine version as any company does.

Or are they now admitting that cryengine 3 was only DX 9 and that PC owners expecting a DX 11 patch for Crysis 2 have been lied to.

Come on Fud get it together. It's all very nice having sources. But your job is to workout if the rumours your sources give you actually make any sense before publishing them....
 
 
+8 #5 fingerbob69 2011-06-15 10:53
"it is difficult to believe that Microsoft would want to announce as soon as E3 2012 while it does appear that the 360 still has a lot of life left in it"

Er, no it doesn't. Developers are actively having to dumb down to the Xbox/PS3 in graphical terms atleast, when compared to PC. The new Battlefield and CoD games will almost certainly demostrate this as does the fact that Crysis 2 was not a DX11 release on PC.

What's more we're now seeing the PC being used as the developement platform with games ported to consoles ...a reverse of the trend of the last 4/5 years.
 
 
+4 #6 dan 2011-06-15 10:57
As usual these 'sources' (which are often just cribbed from other sites without credit) tell us nothing new. The analysis is nonsense: why would MS have a strong holiday season if customers know the next gen console will be out afterwards?

They replaced the original Xbox very early, don't be surprised if they do it to the 360.
 
 
0 #7 Kryojenix 2011-06-15 13:31
Quoting KillerHurdz:
720... *facepalm*.

Yeah, I'm sure they will call it XBox 361 ... or possibly YBox360v2 ...Jr! :P
 
 
+6 #8 yourma2000 2011-06-15 13:48
Why not just Xbox 3?
 
 
+2 #9 123s 2011-06-15 14:28
^too simple
 
 
+1 #10 bardenck 2011-06-15 15:00
Quoting yourma2000:
Why not just Xbox 3?


i was thinkin the same thing while reading kryo's nonsense!
 

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