Sunday, July 15, 2012

Thoughts on the Next-Gen Gaming in the Pipeline

In recent weeks there has been a veritable cyber storm of rumors about the latest revelations regarding the next crop of games consoles to succeed the current prevailing trio of the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii. All three offerings have proven popular across the world, but with graphical capabilities of computers vastly outstripping the hardware specifications of consoles that are now all over 6 years old, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony are lining up new consoles to remain in touch with radically advancing gaming technology.

The Wii U

The Wii U has had the most exposure in recent times, with concrete revelations from Nintendo revealing much about the direction the company are planning to take with their new console. The company’s claims that the Wii U would be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 have been substantiated by leaks about specifications of the product.

The Wii U is set to contain a quad core, 3 GHz CPU, with 768 MB of RAM-both of which are superior to the specifications of the triple core Xbox 360 boasting 512 MB of RAM. However, it is the Wii U’s ‘gamepad’ which is set to cast the most substantial ripples across the video game world’s increasingly turbulent waters. Featuring a 6.2 inch touch screen on its surface, the gamepad will display key information on its screen, which will free up more space on the main TV screen for action less inhibited by pop ups and menu screens.

Additionally, entire games will be playable on the Wii U gamepad, meaning that the console can stream games direct to the controller’s screen if gamers would like to escape their rooms and play outside in the garden, for example. This feature will also resolve the timeless inter-family contest over whose turn it is to use the main television.

In addition to its in-built screen, the Wii U gamepad will also boast a range of other interesting features which should grant game developers plenty of scope for innovation and fresh gaming concepts. With a front-facing 1.3 Megapixel camera, a gyroscope and accelerometer for current Wii-esque motion sensing, NFC and Bluetooth support, a microphone and on-board speakers, the gamepad is rife with potential for engrossing gaming experiences. The controller will have a non-removable rechargeable battery to boot. With many salient details having been announced, the Wii U looks set to continue Nintendo’s strategy of prioritizing innovation over technical clout, leaving Microsoft and Sony to lock horns over graphical supremacy.

The Wii U’s strikingly different controller is set to feature a diverse repertoire of functions, including a camera, motion sensing technology and a 6.2 inch touch screen onto which games can be streamed directly from the main console. It looks set to expand the horizon for games developers wanting to inject fresh gaming concepts into an increasingly saturated market.

The Xbox 720

The ‘Xbox 720’, as the new Xbox has been inventively dubbed by rumor-mongers, has had far less concrete details revealed about it, yet has still had a few significant leaks in recent times pertaining to the specifications and direction that Microsoft’s new console will be taking upon release.

In an unwittingly high impact form of web marketing, Microsoft had produced a 56 page document that was composed in 2010, but was only recently exposed and reveals an abundance of interesting information about Microsoft’s grand plan. The document, which Microsoft confirmed as genuine, suggests that the hotly anticipated new Xbox will boast an impressive 6 or 8 processing cores running at 2 GHz, along with 4 GB of the latest DDR4 RAM, as well as 3 different cores which will enable Xbox 360 games to be played on the new console.

The report also specifies that Microsoft’s latest gaming device will support both Blu Ray and 3D output, reinforcing rumors that the console will be designed as a multimedia hub as well as a games console. In addition, Kinect 2 is also described in the document, which suggests that it will boast better voice recognition, an improved camera and 4 player support.

The Playstation 4, or Orbis

Details on the Playstation 4, or the Orbis, as it has been allegedly codenamed, are particularly scant. One particularly tantalizing revelation, however, is Sony’s ambition to incorporate ‘4K’ gaming into its new console, whereby games will be run in supremely sharp resolutions of 4 times the definition of current high definition 1080p displays. 

Submitted by guest writer J. Harrison. Thx!

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