The time is fast approaching. We are less than a week away from the official reveal of the next generation of Xbox. I’ve supported the Xbox since it’s initial release way back in November of 2001 and personally, I’m very excited to see what Microsoft plans on bringing to the table.
Now to avoid an all-out grilling in the comments, I will phrase this next section very gently. I was less than impressed with Sony’s reveal of the Playstation 4. There were some really great features announced and I’m incredibly excited about their focus in online game streaming. It’s something I plan on fully utilizing, but generally speaking, the presentation lacked substance. We were shown the new Dualshock controller and a small selection of launch titles, but that was about it. Sony still hasn’t established the Vita and didn’t offer us much hope in the way of exclusives. We have a new Infamous and a new Killzone. In my opinion, we didn’t really need either. Sony needs another “Uncharted”, figuratively speaking of course. They need something that makes you stop and say, “I need a Playstation.” The original Playstation is still one of my all-time favorite consoles and has one of the strongest lineups ever. I would love to see the Playstation return to it’s former glory, but as it stands now, Microsoft and the Xbox are squeezing the life out of Sony.[youtube http://youtu.be/RiNGZMx2vhY]
I’m genuinely hoping Microsoft cranks it up to 11 with their Xbox announcement. Console gaming has become very stale over the last few years and sales are definitely reflecting that. Games aren’t selling like they use to and many developers are trying to blame it on a lack of sufficient hardware. Rumors are speculating that the new Xbox will have six times the processing power of the 360. Current claims state the next Xbox will have an 8-Core CPU. It’s also been confirmed that they will be operating with AMD graphics hardware. We’ve also been told that all next-gen Xbox games will be on blu-ray discs. This will eliminate the need for multiple discs for larger games, a common complaint with the current system. And for those fearing the horrifying concept of “online-only” gaming, an internal memo has pretty much confirmed that this will not be happening.
“Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet. There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should ‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.”
I try to stay fairly neutral in the ridiculousness of the “Console Wars,” but maybe it’s just my immeasurable love for America that sways my favor towards the Xbox. (I’ll be taking that check now Microsoft.) Many of these rumors are simply that; rumors. We will have to wait until Tuesday, May 21st before we get an official word from Microsoft. Until then, turn on your 360’s and love them like they deserve to be loved. I will be mentally and physically prepping for the next several days. Hopefully my body doesn’t explode from sheer anticipation.