Microsoft and Sony “testing the water” with next-gen home consoles

Posted By | On 07th, Jul. 2011

As we all have guessed by now, Microsoft and Sony are not avoiding a new home console. Rather, they’re testing waters for the next generation with Move and Kinect. Or so says 2K boss Christoph Hartmann, who thinks both their next gen home consoles will be released with those peripherals as standard controllers.

“I don’t think they are avoiding doing another machine but testing the water,” Hartmann told MCV.

“Rather than coming out and saying ‘this is our console now,’ I think they are playing around and seeing what they can do. These guys know how to manufacture the chips or push the memory, the kind of thing you usually get with each new console generation. But now everyone is looking for innovation and at online components, so they are experimenting.

“It’s not been a case of just jumping on the Wii wagon – it’s been a case of learning about what Wii did and trying to take it somewhere.

“When Microsoft made the Xbox, I assume there were always plans for Xbox 360. It was just the first Xbox was the machine to get it there. Microsoft was new to the party, so they used Xbox 1 to test the water. It’s the same principle.”

There have been rumours about an Xbox 720 and a PS4 all around the internet. Sony even confirmed they’re working on a PS4 right now some time ago.


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