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Sony PlayStation 3 was a year late to market, which is why essentially lost the current generation of consoles in many term. But Sony Computer Entertainment will not make the same mistake again and will do its best to release PlayStation 4 code-named Orbis ahead of Microsoft Corp.'s successor for the Xbox 360, sources close to SCE reportedly said.

"Sony are completely in the belief that they have the jump on Microsoft this time. You should be watching the timing of next year’s E3 keynotes, and who is going to go first," an anonymous source told VG247 web-site.

It is crucial for platform holders not only to show their next-generation consoles to game developers, but to provide working development hardware and ensure smooth launch as early as possible. Once the console is on the market, or its hardware is at least finalized, game developers start to put a lot more effort into creating high-quality titles for the platform. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for console developers to release their systems earlier than rivals do, or at least promise to do so.

"Top line publishers already know about it. Developers working with publishers – like Ubisoft, for example – already know what’s going on. They are already working on it," the source reportedly said.

While it remains to be seen whether Sony will release its PS4 around mid-2013, or towards the end of the year, it is now expected that the SCE's next-generation will become available earlier than Microsoft's Xbox Next and clearly in calendar 2013. What remains to be seen is whether the future Xbox will be a couple of month behind the PS4, or will be released only sometimes in 2014.

Based on what is currently known about the PlayStation 4 (which may carry name PlayStation Orbis) is that it is based on a microprocessor and a graphics processing unit (GPU) designed by Advanced Micro Devices. Apparently, those chips will be powerful enough to support video games in 4096*2160 (4K) resolution and video games in stereo-3D mode in 1920*1080 (1080p) resolution.

Tags: Sony, Orbis, Playstation, AMD, Radeon, Xbox, Microsoft, Durango, Loop

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If PS4 launches before the next Xbox, has similar graphics capability, is priced reasonably at around $399-449 not $599 like last time, continues to offer superior Sony exclusives, allows for free online multi-player gaming, it should have no problems beating the next Xbox. In fairness, the 360's sales are inflated by at least 10-15% because of their high failure rate. I know 5 people who are now on their 3rd Xbox 360!

However, if the next generation of consoles gets rid of used games, forces constant Internet connection to play games, ties all purchased games to 1 account, this might be dark times ahead.
2 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/04/12 03:47:18 PM]
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I hope they mess up the consoles with locked accounts and no second hand games because then maybe PC Gaming will take back some of the market from -crap-soles.... I do like the fact that with updated console hardware we will see some more up to date games being ported over vs the outdated stuff we have ported over now. PC can do much better but is being held back
7 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 04/04/12 04:49:37 PM]
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That's possible. Alternatively what could happen is less people buying consoles and moving away from hardcore gaming entirely to casual gaming. Then less console games sales, developers will get even less $ and spend even less time taking risks on innovative games rather than "sure bet" sequels and same rehashed style of games.

In the near term we should see better games coming out for the PC. But that's still at least 3 years away. When they launch in 2013, it'll take developers at least 1-2 years before they start taking advantage of the capabilities of the new consoles. Even the Darksiders II developer noted that the Wii U version is a straight up PS3/360 port with the only difference being the controls.

So at best we may not see a new wave of next generation games until the next Unreal Engine and 1-2 years after PS4/Durango are released. By that point in 2014-2015, we'll be on HD9000/GTX800 series! Whoa
1 3 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/05/12 08:15:22 AM]
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I use my Xbox360 more as a media center than I do for gaming these days. If the next gen systems from Sony and MS offer even better integration as a media hub, I see no reason not to upgrade just for that reason alone. The gaming ability is just a bonus since I prefer my computer for gaming.
1 1 [Posted by: Astral Abyss  | Date: 04/05/12 09:45:03 AM]
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Well I am not sure what better media capabilities the next generation consoles will provide over PS3 for example. The next Xbox could use BluRay which would be an upgrade, but what can the PS4 do that PS3 can't? Play MKV files? I don't think either of the consoles can play a wide variety of files and likely won't in their newest iterations either.

Secondly, it's way too expensive to buy a console for $300+ just for media capabilities alone. Modern BluRay drives or Roku 2 (or similar) in combination will offer better streaming and media capabilities, not to mention still end up cheaper. There is also Apple Tv, Boxee Box, WD Live HD, etc.

While it's understandable that some people use their consoles to double as media devices, if you are buying a console solely for media consumption, there are a lot better alternatives. Also modern TVs already have so much integration to begin with that media can be already be streamed directly.

Can you explain how Xbox 360 is a better media devices than the cheaper alternatives I mentioned? Right now it already offers less of everything than the leading multi-media devices. That's understandable since its first a game console and a media device 2nd.
2 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/05/12 10:48:46 AM]
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actually i can agree...the 360 with WMC and some apps like media browser on the home network computer can make the system a media center powerhouse, microsoft just needs to polish the media center and hire some of those independent programmers to secure the next xbox as The best Media Center entertainment period. Right now if you spend some time with the xbox and find the right downloadable programs like media browser and transcode 360 and you can make your dvd library better than netflix or crackle.
0 0 [Posted by: colector4vida  | Date: 04/05/12 12:14:31 PM]
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But who has a DVD library in 2012? The only reason physical media makes sense if is you get BluRay for its 1080P image quality and unparalleled sound quality. Otherwise, a digital HD video collection is superior in every way.

Even so with Red Box renting Blu-Ray movies for $1.50 or so, who is going to spend $ on actually collecting BluRay physical media either?

If someone doesn't play games, I see no reason at all to buy an Xbox for media consumption. There are so many better devices for this purpose not to mention a $400 HTPC box with an AMD APU would be more flexible. By 2013, AMD will have even more power efficient APUs that would be perfectly capable of functioning as media devices and powerful enough to play 4K content.
1 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/05/12 01:09:16 PM]
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.....mmmm if I was microsoft I would do whatever i can to finalize the integration of Windows PC games on the Next system, and yeah i acknowledge that PC games are more robust and can be upgraded more faster that a 5-10 year console, but why not make the gap smaller, as of right now the 360 would make alot of new gamers if it brought Diablo 2 right now then Diablo 3. whats the hold up. look at WOW...i understand it can be hard to do..well that's why they call it programming and you guys get paid the big bucks to make it happen...i have faith ohhhh lord. by the way there's this thing called "update" that helps alot too...think Mcfly think.
0 0 [Posted by: colector4vida  | Date: 04/05/12 01:00:31 PM]
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IGN is reporting HD7670 (re-branded HD6670).

http://www.ign.com/articl...ation-4s-processing-specs

1 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/05/12 11:47:04 AM]
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I'm not one to usually nitpick grammer, but I have no clue what this is supposed to mean:

"which is why essentially lost the current generation of consoles in many term"
1 0 [Posted by: daneren2005  | Date: 04/04/12 04:39:43 PM]
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I'm not one to usually nitpick spulling, but I have no clue what this is supposed to mean:

"grammer"
3 0 [Posted by: Kashim  | Date: 04/04/12 05:20:12 PM]
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Well to be fair that post did say grammar and not spelling.
0 0 [Posted by: goury  | Date: 04/09/12 07:15:59 AM]
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It means that because PS3 launched a full year later, the head start that 360 had during 1 year of sales to hardcore gamers essentially accounts for its current lead. The statement is true, although PS3 may still catch up and beat 360 by the time they are both discontinued.

It's not hard to imagine PS3 catching up by next year already:

http://www.vgchartz.com/
1 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/05/12 08:19:44 AM]
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SONY have more in house teams than M$, I hope SONY wipes M$ smile away from their faces.
1 0 [Posted by: Lounds  | Date: 04/05/12 02:05:40 AM]
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I dont think that sony is going to outpace the 360....honestly the ps move was a wii knockoff and everyone knows that, the kinect has a better grip and is doing alot better, the Sony Mentality of pushing their own proprietary memory and formats is whats gonna take them down. the PSP had alot of potential and they messed that up, it's becouse of the community that the PSP is the most hacked and outright best modded hardware, for example if i buy a sony product and i pay with my hard earned cash, i should be able to do whatever i want with it, hack, break, poop, what ever on it. it's my property. do you smell what the rock is cooking?
1 1 [Posted by: colector4vida  | Date: 04/05/12 12:31:48 PM]
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The ps2 was the first console to even come out with motion gaming, it also didn't use controllers. So the wii and xbox are the knock offs really. It was pretty good for what it was at the time in early 2000 something. The Wii is the only one with hardly any issues, but the kinect isn't even that good, to many problems which is why Nintendo and Sony never went that route. Sony figured out that going controllerless with motion style is just failure in the long run and Nintendo the same on that otherwise Sony would have kept up with this from the start. I'm not taking sides here since I play all consoles but im just stating facts about it is all.
0 0 [Posted by: darkraven18  | Date: 04/24/12 09:54:13 PM]
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Depends on the game controller.It is an essential part of the game console
1 0 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 04/05/12 08:24:21 AM]
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I refuse to buy any next gen console if they have an octopus controller (Wii U) or do not include a solid state drive; fuckin ps3 loading times drive me insane. Fuck graphics I want speed!!! Because console developers are mostly acknowledging of gamers (octopus controller, stop sales of used games, no free online play, little ram which screws AI, traditional peace of shit hard drives, a new trend of less local multi player games) f*** if I was in the market I would be king, everyone would buy my system. That's why consoles as a whole suck, because there is always multiple compromises. Live PC gaming, and remove the stupid DRM; if we're playing multi player on your server then fine ban those pirates, but leave single player alone; don't lock it in any way.
2 0 [Posted by: ericore  | Date: 04/05/12 12:23:23 PM]
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AMEN...ericore....AMEN. for example the PS vita...how hard is it to put a Small hard drive, the Zune and eaven the Ipod nano have HD. I would remake the Original PSP and slap a 60 GiG Hard Drive to put all those emulators & games out there.... and have it all together and ready out of the package. can you imagine the Madness!!!!!! Shake & Bake.... Hey big companies.. listen to this.... the tools are here, made by the community to extend and re-energize the market...ohhh the tools are here.
1 0 [Posted by: colector4vida  | Date: 04/05/12 12:51:58 PM]
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