In what surely has to be unreliable news, CVG is reporting that an anonymous source has spoken to respected game publication, Develop, about the Xbox 360’s successor. According to the source, Electronic Arts already has the initial development kits in-house and is creating launch titles as you read this. According to the report, Microsoft is seeking to integrate Kinect within the new console and plans to have an announcement ready for this year’s E3. The idea is to prevent Nintendo from stealing the 360’s thunder. Microsoft knows that if 360 sales start to diminish now, it would be difficult to fix that prioar to their next console’s launch. The source also said Microsoft is projected to have the system ready for the mass market by holiday 2012.
Here’s what I have to say: don’t believe everything you read online. If this news is indeed true, Microsoft had better know what its doing. While the 360 could be considered old enough by traditional console cycles, the system is only now reaching its saturation point. I believe it has a lot of life left. The same is true for the PS3.
All this next-gen talk has me uneasy. I just completed Killzone 3, SOCOM 4 and am preparing to start MotorStorm: Apocalypse when everyone is talking about this bold, new generation we’re going to blast off into come next year. I don’t know if I’m ready for it just yet. I love these current-gen titles and don’t want something to hit me at E3 that makes me crave something even more awesome than what we’re already experiencing.
What do you all think of this news? Are you with me in thinking this is completely bogus? Would Microsoft take the chance that the 360 sales start to dry up just so they can release their next machine early to challenge Nintendo? Also, where would this leave Sony?