No PS4 or Xbox 720 before 2014
Gamers 'happy' with current tech, apparently
The rumour mill about next-gen consoles has been in full swing for a while now, with little sign of slowing.
The director of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim threw his hat in the ring this week, claiming the anticipated PS3 and Xbox 360 follow-ups are unlikely to appear before 2014.
In an interview with CVG's PSM3 magazine, Skyrim director Todd Howard said he thought consumers were happy with the current hardware.
"I think it's going to be a while still, I really do. I think consumers are happy with the current ones, there's a lot you can do with them," he said before insisting he doesn't think the next-gen machines will come "next year or the year after."
It's a constant tug of war between various analysts and developers. Widespread rumours suggest the Xbox '720' will be on show at E3 next year. Others have indicated that a PlayStation 4 or 3.5 will materialise in 2012.
If Howard is to be believed though, it could be good news for Nintendo, as speculation is rife that the Wii U will have quite a battle on its hands when the new kit from Sony and Microsoft appear.
Bethesda's Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is set for release this November and Howard asserts it will be fresher than fresh. "We don't want it to feel, visually or technically, 'Oh this is Fallout 3' or 'this is Oblivion'. And if we couldn't do that, we would have waited." ®
Why exactly do you feel sorry for XBox owners? For all its touted power theres very few games that show much difference between the machines, shown by the fact pretty much every dual format game gets exactly the same score in reviews. Sure theres minor tweaks here and there but nothing that really effects gameplay that much and before you start on the fanboy route I have both and pick the games largely on the basis of how much I'll be playing them (they're in different rooms) and if I want to play online (in which case 360 still wins hands down).
Both machines have their flaws and strengths plain and simple, the whole ones better than the other arguments have been done to death and are pretty flippin boring. Really, who cares?
Anyway back on topic. Theres still a stack more they can do with both consoles and I'll happily stick with them for the next few years. To be honest I'd resent throwing down more money just to get more polygons. I'm with Citizen Kaned on the memory issue, nothing takes you out of the moment more than a loading screen.
No matter what tech for Elder Scrolls 5, hopefully they've fixed that bloody annoying lockpick minigame to open a locked door!
I feel sorry for the folk who have forked out the same amount of cash for inferior ports.
I agree with your first paragraph wholeheartedly but sorry, the masses love pads so I can't see the big name fps's supporting a mouse anytime soon. Think the PS3 support bluetooth mice already but that's only handy when surfing.
Anyway, NAS wise I run a qnap with Twonky and have no problems though the folders are awkward to configure. Usually though this is the software on the NAS that's the issue not the PS3 since it just presents what the server (twonky in my case) presents. Most servers have a web gui as well as the DNLA interface though so try that too... that should give you album art etc.
Morrowind/Oblivion turd feature legacy
No the game series has to keep the tradition of one really annoying feature in each game. As you say the lockpick thing is one (I'd also include the bizzare and pointless charm/pursuade/threaten thing too) and the sodding constant blood vultures was the other.
As for new consoles, sooner the better. The 360 is the only bit of tech laying around that I have from 2006, like having a mangle in the living room its so old.
Xmas 2012 for sure.