Remedy: Next Xbox and PS consoles are "a quantum leap"

Microsoft and Sony may not want to talk publicly about their plans for the next versions of the Xbox and Playstation consoles, but we know they are coming. Many game developers are currently hiring to work on games that will be made on "next generation consoles."

One of those teams is Remedy, best known for creating the Max Payne series and most recently the Alan Wake games (shown above). In a new interview on the German edition of Gamesindustry.biz, Oskari Hakkinen, the head of Remedy's franchise development, states (via Bing translation):

We are currently working as always first with a relatively small team on a next-generation project. You ask, "the new consoles can be really so much better than the past?" ... It is a quantum leap.

While Microsoft is officially keeping its corporate mouth shut in regards to the next Xbox, a two year old document showing Microsoft's proposed next game console plans found its way to the Internet earlier this year. More recently, evidence came to light that showed the next Xbox could be running on a version of Microsoft's Windows 8 OS.  Most observers expect for Microsoft and Sony to officially announce details of their next consoles sometime next year, with an official launch in late 2013.

Source: Gamesindustry.biz Germany | Image via Remedy

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shadodemon said,
Just because a console claims to have high end graphics and cpu doesnt mean the games are going to look great.

Thank you, capt. obvious.

What would be nice is if EA remade BF3 for the next xbox , with PC graphics and full 64 players they remade BF Modern Combat for the 360 so I'm hoping for similar.

JesseJ said,
They better be a "quantum leap" ahead because the 360 will be 8 years old by that time. That's the difference between gaming in 1999 and 2007. Think about that. It's the difference between playing the first Medal of Honor and Modern Warfare.

Medal of Honor http://gamerszone.tv/Image/cov...al-of-honor-image388890.jpg

CoD4: Modern Warfare http://xbox360media.ign.com/xb...rfare-20070807114548220.jpg

And they both used the Quake 3 engine! That's even better lol

JesseJ said,
They better be a "quantum leap" ahead because the 360 will be 8 years old by that time. That's the difference between gaming in 1999 and 2007. Think about that. It's the difference between playing the first Medal of Honor and Modern Warfare.

Medal of Honor http://gamerszone.tv/Image/cov...al-of-honor-image388890.jpg

CoD4: Modern Warfare http://xbox360media.ign.com/xb...rfare-20070807114548220.jpg

Yep, but sadly, in this past generation of gameplay, not a lot has changed with the exception of interaction devices like the Kinect.

The graphics may be better in the XBox 360, but the gameplay of the majority of games didn't change much.

Which was Nintendo's argument with the Cube and why they designed the Wii. Although not being a fan of Nintendo for gaming, they had a point.

Techno_Funky said,
So it would be a bad idea to buy a xbox/ps3 rite now is it ??

Not really, they are now cheaper then ever, there are a bunch of good games on the horizon, tons of older but still great games, and the "720" probably won't be out until 2014. I hope they are right with the 2013 prediction though.

Techno_Funky said,
So it would be a bad idea to buy a xbox/ps3 rite now is it ??

In addition to the previous response...

They will still have functionality after the next generation of consoles arrive when used in media and non-gaming environments.

An XBox 360 today is already doing what Apple wants 'Apple TV' to be.

So even if you relegate your XBox 360 to just a 'media' device and move it to another room for Television when the new console comes out, it is worth the investment.

Many people are already buying XBox 360s to use as media device instead of throwing $99 at a Media box like Roku. With the Microsoft subscription deal they can throw the $99 at an XBox 360 package with Kinect, or fully buy one outright for $199.

There is a lot more 'viewing' content on the XBox 360 than media boxes or TVs with media content Apps, especially with regard to cable provider content. Then add in the features of voice control with Kinect and you still also have a device capable of a lot of great games, even if they are outdated when the next generation hits.

neufuse said,
nah, every time you look at it, its different

Dynamically changing its shape? Or would it become organic (it can grow its processing power over time, etc.)?

Yeah a quantum leap, to bad by the time they come out PC's will be a quantum leap or two ahead of them already. Unless they use some sort of mass computing thingie, in which case, whatever. PC's been doing that forever also (and so has PS3 now lol).

LOC said,
Yeah a quantum leap, to bad by the time they come out PC's will be a quantum leap or two ahead of them already. Unless they use some sort of mass computing thingie, in which case, whatever. PC's been doing that forever also (and so has PS3 now lol).

This has always been the case, but the problem is that PC's aren't the most user friendly so consoles always end up more popular. I'm hoping there's a resurgence in PC gaming though, especially as the big console games these days seem to be FPSs.

FarCry3r said,
The developer is not comparing it to PC technologies. It's still quantum leap compared to CURRENT CONSOLE technologies.

Of course it'll be a quantum leap compared to current consoles. Current consoles are going on 8 years old technology or older already.