Microsoft Praises Sony

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“I think Sony’s done a nice job of this. If you look over the last two years or so in that digital space. Journey was a fantastic game. I thought they did a really nice job.”

Microsoft Studios corporate vice-president Phil Spencer throws some rare praise Sony’s way. (OXM)

Xbox One is a Games Console

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“Microsoft has said that it wants to make the Xbox One an entertainment center. If it was dubbed the ultimate gaming machine at this point, Microsoft would lose the attention of general media. This way, they are grabbing mainstream attention first and can focus entirely on gamers at E3. After that they’ll have both in their grasp. The Xbox is and has always been a gaming platform, and I don’t see that changing with the Xbox One.”

Avalanche’s Christofer Sundberg defends Microsoft’s reveal strategy. (Edge)

Rein Calls BS on Next-Gen Claims

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“I call bullshit on this one. The article said ‘highest-end PCs currently available’ which isn’t even close to true, it’s miles away from true. They are ‘architecturally’ more advanced but performance levels aren’t as good. Maybe that’s what he meant?”

Epic’s Mark Rein calls out EA’s tech chief Rajat Taneja on recent claims about next-gen hardware. (Twitter via CVG)

Used Games Dominate the News

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“The ability to trade in and resell games is important to gamers and to Xbox. Xbox One is designed to support the trade in and resale of games. Reports about our policies for trade in and resale are inaccurate and incomplete. We will disclose more information in the near future.”

Larry Hryb manages to not really clarify things. (Major Nelson)

Xbox One’s Billion Units Claim

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“Every generation has grown approximately 30 percent. So this generation is about 300 million units. Most industry experts think the next generation will get upwards of about 400 million units, over the next decade. We think you can go broader than a game console, that’s our aim, and you can go from 400 million to potentially upwards of a billion units.”

Microsoft senior vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business Yusuf Mehdi. (OXM)

A False Divide

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“There’s a false divide that gets created in people’s minds sometimes, as though hardcore gamers don’t also consume other forms of entertainment and wouldn’t appreciate those things being made more seamless and more integrated into a more elegant experience. I think that’s all that you’re seeing here. To me, as a gamer, I’m excited by it.”

Activision’s Eric Hirshberg. (GamesBeat)

Summing up Xbox One’s Strategy

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“If we had just introduced a game console, I think our market overall would grow. But by having a game console combined with reinventing TV, making your TV really smart, [and] making the entertainment you love easily and readily accessible all in one device, I think we give permission to a whole new set of consumers to adopt our technology. By making it simple and instant and complete, it means we can get men, women, old, young to enjoy playing and interacting with the device. It’s not just about core gamers; although, they are incredibly important to our future. It’s also about finding entry points for all members of the household.”

Phil Harrison (GamesBeat)

PS4 vs Xbox One

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“The PlayStation 4 environment is definitely more mature currently, so Microsoft has some catching up to do. But I’m not too concerned about that as they traditionally have been very good in that area. The specs on paper would favour the PS4 over the Xbox One in terms of raw power, but there are many other factors involved so we’ll just have to wait and see a bit longer before making that judgment.”

Avalanche’s chief technical officer Linus Blomberg. (Edge)

A Generation Ahead of PC

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“These architectures are a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market. Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen. The compute capabilities of these platforms and the data transfer speeds we can now bank on, essentially removes any notion of rationing of systems resources for our game engines.”

EA CTO Rajat Teneja. (GamesIndustry)

Molyneux Was More Excited Back in ’05

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“Although it’s exciting, it’s not nearly as exciting as when the Xbox 360 exploded onto the gaming scene just over seven years ago. Back then, the 360 represented a huge leap forward in gaming, with a tangible increase in performance and fantastic multiplayer support. Gamers and game-makers were justifiably super-excited.”

Peter Molyneux on the new consoles. (BBC)

 

Riccitiello on Next-Gen

 

jr-1-big“Console gaming is very different [from mobile] I don’t have the fastest thumbs, so playing with any skill at all requires my focus. I am fully engaged. All-in. The room with the biggest TV is the most important entertainment room in my house. And there, console gaming rules. In the room where the entertainment stakes are the highest, console gaming wins.”

Former EA-chief John Riccitiello. (Kotaku)

He Thinks Delaying PS4 Version is Best

 “We actually do have a PlayStation 4 version in mind, but for this holiday season, we thought it would be best for users to release on PS3 for now. I thought the best scenario would be to have the game come out, then to have new scenarios, new DLC and other updates,. Once the players have thoroughly played out the system, if the PlayStation 4 version came out naturally, as part of that process, I think that would be the best scenario.”

Polyphony’s Kazunori Yamauchi on Gran Turismo 4, which was unveiled today. (IGN)