Next-Gen Xbox Will Be "Here in a Couple of Years' and Ten Times More Powerful
Written Thursday, June 16, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, id Software's John Carmack has said that the next-generation of home consoles will be ten times more powerful than the current crop of machines, which he also reckons will "be here in a couple of years".
Carmack's claims come mere days after Crytek confirmed that it's working on TimeSplitters 4 for next-generation consoles, with a potential reveal for Microsoft's next console touted for E3 2012, with a 2013 launch possibly on the cards for the next Xbox.
"The next-generation will be here soon, a couple of years," said Carmack. "It'll be another ten times as powerful as this [PS3, Xbox 360]. I'd be surprised if that doesn't last over a decade before people wind up saying, well, we've really tapped out everything you could possibly do on there."
Developers will have to work a lot harder to make their game's visuals really stand out, Carmack noted. "The better games get the harder you have to go to give a delta people care about," he said. "That's going to be a challenge for the next-generation of consoles, to show what pack-in title is going to look so much more awesome than what you get on the current ones that people want to go spend $300 on a new console... They'll be able to do it on the next generation, but it's going to be much harder."