Former executive producer at Codemasters, Adam Parsons, thinks that the Microsoft Corporation (Public, NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox 720 and Sony Corporation (ADR) (Public, NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4 will be released in late 2012 or early 2013. In an interview with Gamer’s Guide to Life.com, he responded to when the next generation of Sony and Microsoft consoles would be coming out, stating:
“The consoles are feeling their age now, so late 2012 or early 2013 feels about the right time for the industry to prepare for the transition.”
When asked to speculate what the console features would be, he replied:
“For the catch-up, built-in Kinect and or controller motion support, and all the relevant network services, such as cloud storage, social connection and platform connectivity.”
“Scalability to adopt new services and social integration will be key but far simpler to retroactively fit via software/firmware, so I don’t see that as much of an innovation, more as forward planning.”
Parsons also insisted that one of the staple features for future consoles would be the ability to access the machine anywhere, with crossplatform support along a wide range of devices:
“Other innovation will take the form of access anywhere, any time. Apple is already starting to lead the way with iCloud and Wi-Fi syncing, but what I would like to see is a totally connected game. Eve Online has ambitions with Dust 514, but to be able to be part of a Call of Duty campaign on your iPhone, commanding units strategically, and then to be able to take part of the campaign in another way via a PC browser, with alerts being sent through social channels on your progress is something I haven’t seen accomplished on a large scale yet. With the obvious move towards digital distribution, it’s fairly safe to assume that larger storage, 3D features, faster processors, lower power consumption, the integration of entertainment services and streaming and any new interfaces will all be almost certain additions.”
He then added, “I’m just waiting for the iHolo so I can play the Minority Report on my iPad 3.”
Adam Parsons is currently working on an unrevealed project.
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