No 'Xbox 720' in 2012, says MS exec
Rien ne vas plus, says French Xbox bloke
World+Dog wasn't expecting the 'Xbox 720' - or whatever Microsoft's next console will be called - to go on sale this year, but a company executive has confirmed it anyway.
And Microsoft France's Cedrick Delmas also hinted that we might not even see the new machine at June's E3 games industry show.
There has been many a rumour of late that Microsoft and Sony will introduce the next generation of their consoles at the event.
Speculating at what may happen at E3 is "premature", Delmas, the Xbox marketing chief in France told local paper Le Point.
But "what is certain is that there will be nothing new in 2012", he said.
Yes, he said, Nintendo has shown off the Wii U, but Microsoft isn't competing with Nintendo.
"Nintendo has placed itself in a different cycle," Delmas told the paper. "They advance at their own pace, successfully as we have seen with the Wii. [But] we are not here to deal with Nintendo and they are not there to fight against other manufacturers." ®
I doubt it.
"Even in the world of corporate, next gen consoles (with an admin option to prohibit game playing) instead of desktops, that can be "repaired" by simply power cycling with cloud based / centrally held data storage would sound attractive to many a PHB interested in culling IT staff "
If you're going to go completely thin-client and cloud-based in the corporate world, why would you spend money on the audio-visual grunt of a console? All you need is a really dumb Linux terminal. And if you plug a mouse and keyboard into a console, how is it different from a PC anyway?
And the corporate desktop isn't going to forego mouse and keyboard for Kinect and touch screens - good luck typing up a 20 page letter or doing the payroll like that.
There'll be cross-over in terms of Windows 8, but the desktop version of that will just be an evolution of the traditional UI , it's the tablets and phones that will be Metro city.
They are having lots of meetings to discuss what colour the ring of death will be on this console.
I've heard the PS3 version of Skyrim is just as bad (if not worse) so I think you're blaming the wrong people there!
With the recent Dash update
... since they let the fargin' marketing dept design it, it's clear they're going to try to thrash another couple of years out of it by trying to push Kinect and set-top-box functionality in your face, relentlessly.
It's looking decidely creaky these days - Skyrim is gorgeous but has murderous lag and pop-up.
Evolution rather than revolution
I don't think the next gen from MS and Sony will be as big a leap as the current gen were.
The bar is now set at 1080p and both companies will have done their market research and probably found that folks dont want to pay that much this time round and also they will not want to make such a large loss per box as they did back in 2005/6+.
Anyone expecting 6970 GPUs and 12 core CPUs with 16GB of ram are going to be disappointed not to mention a little delusional.