Next Generation Xbox Console Won't Ship in 2012

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kixofmyg0t

Graphics arnt everything. I play what I consider to be FUN rather than the sole reason of "OMGWTFBBQ LUK @ DIS GRAFICKSSS!" Prime example is Ive put more time in Deus Ex than Crysis. With that being said the PS3 version of Crysis 1 looks pretty damn good IMO. 

The majority of people play games for entertainment not solely for graphics. 

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praetor_alpha

I remember Sony saying that it won't release a new console until 2014 at the earliest. And IIRC, MS too. Not that I'm interested in getting one, but I hope that it will move gaming onto 64 bit OSes and DX11/12 (13?) level graphics. The Unreal 3 engine looked old when Bioshock came out.

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Trooper_One

Heh, I got an XBOX 360 for free with Telus earlier this year, bought a few games and Kinect - and I still haven't open them all!!!

I just love my PC too much to jump to the console!  I certain don't look forward to seeing my new hardware and games go obsolete so soon!

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unsunghero225

Pretty cool.... 

Like it says in the article, until an official announcement has been made it only speculation, but I think its about time for a new console iteration. 2012 will be the 7th year of the 360 (aside from a few changes to the look / some hardware, its still an xbox360)

I think previously, major console makers came out with new ones every 4-5 years...

Bittersweet though, I spent so much money on the 360 btwn games, accessories, dlc, new consoles when the old one breaks.... gonna be a b**ch to buy all that stuff all over again

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Holly Golightly

"Xbox Ten"

I will no longer understand the hype about console gaming. I used to go crazy over it when I was a child reading NextGen magazine. Now consoles do not offer an advantage. They update slower, and when launched, their stuff is no longer state-of-the-art. With that said, I find it kind of insane that they will release the next Xbox 8 years later. Seems like such a long time to use the same graphics. I guess they are following in on PlatStation's steps. Pathetic.

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aaz110

I think that a lot of the appeal of console gaming over computer gaming (for me anyway) is in the money saved from upgrading hardware so often. When I was more into computer gaming, I always felt the compulsion to upgrade my system every year as newer cutting-edge games came out. Eventually, I forced myself to switch to mostly console gaming, mainly to help curb that compulsion and save the money. While it's true that I miss the state-of-the-art experience with computer gaming, I do also enjoy the extra few hundred dollars that I can spend on other things each year (I'm in grad school and that money really goes a long way).

Of course there is also the other draw of consoles for a lot of people. There are a ton of console "gamers" who only play Halo/COD + ________ (current year) title from EA Sports. For those types of gamers, consoles are much better suited than PCs are.

As for taking so long to release new systems, it may not be as fun for the consumer, but it makes sense from the corporations' point of view. The systems take a lot of money to develop and produce. For the early part of the hardware cycles, they often lose money on each console sold (and make money on the games and accessories)...later in the cycle when thee manufacturing costs are low, they can finally make money on the hardware sales. It doesn't really make sense for them to move on to the next console as quickly as they used to to go back to the beginning of the cycle. Additionally, with the economy not nearly as good as it was when the last consoles were released, consumers may not be so ready to go out and drop a ton of money on new, expensive hardware. I think this time around they may have to figure out how to seriously lower hardware costs before the systems come out (especially Sony... $500 and $600 console launch prices didn't go over very well back then, it definitely would go over even worse now).

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Holly Golightly

You are right about consoles being more affordable. The thing is consoles are trying very hard to be like computers with expandable hard drive storage, headsets, USB connections, keyboards, webcams, and even Linux. Problem is, consoles can never sell at a PC price because console hardware is rather limited. I can not upgrade them freely, so I will have to stay stuck with the same graphics for a decade pretty much. So $600 is not really worth it. To me, consoles are worth $200. The same price as a locked phone, and the same price as a Kindle Fire stuck with Amazon's first party services. To me, $200 is the price of something that should be locked and limited. With a $600, I want more freedom like an iPad or a laptop.

I do not play many of my older games like I should, but I can also play Halo and COD on a PC no problem. Actually, as you already know, the PC gaming library has over 20 years worth of games that you can play perfectly fine on an old $600 pc. The Xbox360 and PS3 struggle to be backwards compatable, despite the fact that these consoles are fully capable running them based on specs. They just want to make more money. Now from a corporation stand point, this makes perfect sense. But as a paying customer, I want the best experience for me, not for them. I just connect my PC to my TV and enjoy the latest games with the greatest graphics. Actually, I have not upgraded my PC since the year 2008. I can play Metro 2033 just fine. I do get want a Radeon 6990, but it is just too expensive.

Like you, I am a college student too. An undergrad actually, and I just can not afford to spend on monthly memberships on XboxLive and PlayStation Plus. My PC games come dirt cheap. Usually below $10, but sometimes I may splurge on a newly released $50 game, but never the full $60 as it seems to be the asking price on the console versions. I think it is possible to be a froogle gamer and a PC gamer at the same time.

You do not always need to buy the latest hardware to enjoy the latest games. I know it is tempting, but it is just not necessary since console gaming has been holding back PC gaming for a very long time now. If you have the money to buy the latest graphic cards, then that is cool, but you do not always need to spend big to play big. 

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unsunghero225

I agree w/ your comment on the hardware being old news when its finally released... I don't think console gaming is going anywhere though.

Yea PC's usually perfor better graphically, faster updates, yada yada yada, and I loved playing Crysis n Farcry on the PC.... but there are times where I prefer to lounge on the couch and play some COD or something

Its just a different gaming experience

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Holly Golightly

You can still play PC games in the comfort of your couch. I play my pc games in the comfort of my bed. I just connect my computer to the TV and play with it connected to my Xbox360 controller. I get the same console quality experience with the updated hardware. 

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sallystudios

It's fun using an xbox controller in a multiplayer FPS game where everyone else is using a mouse & keyboard.

 

The console experience is much different.

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Holly Golightly

I suppose console controllers are great for kids. Keyboards can be very complex, especially to toddlers. 

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TommM

We'll see.  If Sony comes out with their new PlayStation in 2012, let's see how motivated MS gets to counter with their new XBox version.

And the sooner the better, because as PC gamers we're stuck with crappy ports of games until MS and Sony upgrade their 6 year old systems.

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Peanut Fox

Ports will still be every bit as crappy.  Improved visuals won't fix that.

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