Sledgehammer Games revealed the first image showing in-game character models for the next Call of Duty during their GDC 2014 panel, Quest for Quality: Maximizing the Relationship Between Creative and Production. The next game in the immensely popular Call of Duty series has been in development at Sledgehammer for three years and is expected to launch later this year. IGN says that the new Call of Duty will be a next-gen first.
Technical specifications for Nintendo’s next generation home console, and possibly their handheld, have apparently leaked online. We already heard a rumour on NeoGAF last week that Nintendo already started working on a brand new platform in early 2013 which is presumably a handheld device. Today’s leaked specifications are for two units called Nintendo Fusion DS and Terminal and should be taken with a grain of salt at this moment in time.
- CPU: ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 GPU: Custom Adreno 420-based AMD GPU
- COM MEMORY: 3 GB LPDDR3 (2 GB Games, 1 GB OS)
- 2 130 mm DVGA (960 x 640) Capacitive Touchscreen
- Slide Out Design with Custom Swivel Tilt Hinge
- Upper Screen made of Gorilla Glass, Comes with Magnetic Cover
- Low End Vibration for Gameplay and App Alerts
- 2 Motorized Circle Pads for Haptic Feedback
- Thumbprint Security Scanner with Pulse Sensing Feedback
- 2 1mp Stereoptic Cameras
- Multi-Array Microphone
- A, B, X, Y, D-Pad, L, R, 1, 2 Buttons
- 3 Axis Tuning Fork Gyroscope, 3 Axis Accelerometer, Magnetometer
- NFC Reader
- 3G Chip with GPS Location
- Bluetooth v4.0 BLE Command Node used to Interface with Bluetooth Devices such as Cell Phones, Tablets
- 16 Gigabytes of Internal Flash Storage (Possible Future Unit With 32 Gigbytes)
- Nintendo 3DS Cart Slot
- SDHC “Holographic Enhanced” Card Slot up to 128 Gigabyte Limit
- Mini USB I/O
- 3300 mAh Li-Ion battery
- GPGPU: Custom Radeon HD RX 200 GPU CODENAME LADY (2816 shaders @ 960 MHz, 4.60 TFLOP/s, Fillrates: 60.6 Gpixel/s, 170 Gtexel/s)
- CPU: IBM 64-Bit Custom POWER 8-Based IBM 8-Core Processor CODENAME JUMPMAN (2.2 GHz, Shared 6 MB L4 cache)
- Co-CPU: IBM PowerPC 750-based 1.24 GHz Tri-Core Co-Processor CODENAME HAMMER
- MEMORY: 4 Gigabytes of Unified DDR4 SDRAM CODENAME KONG, 2 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600 MHz (12.8 GB/s) On Die CODENAMED BARREL
- 802.11 b/g/n Wireless
- Bluetooth v4.0 BLE
- 2 USB 3.0
- 1 Coaxial Cable Input
- 1 CableCARD Slot
- 4 Custom Stream-Interface Nodes up to 4 Wii U GamePads or 4 DSc
- Versions with Disk Drive play Wii U Optical Disk (4 Layers Maximum), FUSION Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) and Nintendo 3DS Card Slot.
- 1 HDMI 2.0 1080p/4K Port
- Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or 7.1 Surround Sound
- Inductive Charging Surface for up to 4 FUSION DS or IC-Wii Remote Plus Controllers
- Two versions: Disk Slot Version with 60 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage and Diskless Version with 300 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage.
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Popular games publication IGN has produced a chart showcasing how well each of the next generation consoles have done since they launched. The site says that Sony has sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles from November 15th to December 28th which is around six weeks. The Xbox One has sold 3 million consoles from November 22nd through December 31st which is a period of about 5.5 weeks.
However, the site notes that Nintendo has only provided sales figures from October when they announced 3.91 million Wii U’s were sold worldwide. Interestingly, estimates from the November and December sales periods range from 4.5 million to 5.2 million total. We won’t get official numbers until the investors meeting this month. Here’s what IGN had to say about the launches:
IGN: We can draw three real conclusions from these stats:
1) The Wii U is in real trouble.
Both Sony and Microsoft nearly erased Nintendo’s year-long lead in a matter of weeks. Both consoles will be in more homes than the Wii U soon, if they aren’t already.
2) The console business is extremely healthy.
PC gaming may be thriving. Mobile gaming may be thriving. But it seems neither category is growing at the expense of the traditional game console. It’s impressive to see just how much stronger and faster the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One were when compared with the problem-plagued launches of the PS3 and Xbox 360.
3) We have a long way to go.
Fanboys can quibble over launch figures all they want, and they do matter – momentum is extremely important. But with both the Xbox One and PS4 likely to sell 80 million+ units in their lifetime, no one should spend much energy getting overly excited about the first couple million. It’s still the opening few minutes of the game.
News from this week’s UK charts suggest that the Xbox One launch games fared well in its first week on sale. But perhaps the biggest news is that, according to MCV, Xbox One sales are due to overtake the Wii U’s lifetime sales in the UK. Chart-Track this morning detailed that the next-gen console doubled the number of units sold from the Xbox 360’s launch week. An unnamed source told MCV that 150,000 Xbox One units were sold within a 48-hour period in the UK and that the console was just a “few thousand units short of beating the Wii U’s total sales”.
Microsoft claimed on Saturday that worldwide sales totalled over a million units in just 24 hours. The Wii U’s worldwide lifetime sales stands at 3.91 million, according to the Q2 financial results. Let us know what you think of this news in the comments below.
Popular gaming site IGN has quizzed its readers to find out which next generation consoles and games they’re most looking forward to in the coming months. Unsurprisingly, Sony’s recently released PlayStation 4 console came out on top. The reader said it shows the most potential and is also the system most of them plan to own by the end of the year. However, the Wii U didn’t do very well in the survey, which was conducted by 26,000 IGN readers. Only four percent said that the system showed potential over the next five years and only four percent said it will be the one console they will own at the end of the year.
A recent survey which has been conducted by Intergi Entertainment was brought about as the company wanted to gauge consumer interest in next generation consoles. The results show that only 1 percent of those gamers surveyed actually want a Wii U console. Fifty eight of those surveyed want Sony’s recently released PlayStation 4, while thirty-nine percent want an Xbox One this holiday season. With more than 5,000 submitted entries, the survey results leave only a 1.4% margin of error. To ensure accuracy, Intergi targeted its network of over 1,500 sites reaching console gamers exclusively in the United States.
Which console do you plan on buying?
- PS4 58%
- XBO 39%
- Wii U 1%
Which console design is most appealing to you?
- PS4 62%
- XBO 36%
- Wii U 1%
Which unique controller function is the most innovative?
- PS4 Touchpad 51%
- XBO Rumble Triggers 35%
- Wii U Gamepad Screen 14%
Which console has the most impressive game line-up?
- PS4 50%
- XBO 48%
- Wii U 2%
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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has informed investors that the next generation console launches this month will be good for Nintendo as they energise the video game industry. Iwata has reiterated that the company is focussing its attention of family based titles such as Wii Sports Club, Wii Party U, and Wii Fit U in an effort to appeal to a wider user base. However, that doesn’t seem to have worked in the UK so far, as Wii Party U dropped out of the top forty charts in its second week on sale.
“Other companies will launch new consoles (in the overseas markets at the end of this year), but I think they focus on targeting highly skilled users. Therefore, in that sense, though the competition will heat up because new game consoles will come out and there will be a ‘war of the game consoles’ played out in media articles, we wonder if the target user will actually be the same.”
“The games available at the end of this calendar year, ‘Super Mario 3D World,’ ‘Wii Party U,’ ‘Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games,’ ‘Wii Sports Club’ and ‘Wii Fit U,’ all lean more toward family use, and we are targeting those who bought Wii and would be interested in the Wii U offerings. That is slightly different than what other companies are aiming for.
“Thus, in the sense that we attract consumers interested in this category of video games, I think the launch of other video game systems is also good for us because they energize the video game industry as a whole.”
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime claims that he is unfazed by the dazzling graphics of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. He firmly believes that consumers don’t buy hardware because it looks good and it’s new. Instead he believes they buy hardware due to the experience they offer. Reggie has previously said that he isn’t impressed with the launch lineup of the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4.
“I don’t think consumers buy hardware just because it’s sexy and new. I think consumers buy hardware because of the experiences they can have on them. That’s why, for us, having a strong holiday line-up is so critically important.”
“Systems that generate pretty pictures by themselves aren’t selling propositions, and all you need to do is look at the last generation to see the evidence. And that’s true whether you look at the home console space or the handheld space. It’s not about the graphics by itself. It’s about the entire experience.”
EA president of labels Frank Gibeau has revealed that the long-established company has no plans to release any new Wii U titles this fall, but says that they haven’t written off the console just yet. Gibeau also says that EA consider the Wii U to be a next generation console like Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. They have four titles out for the system and are closely monitoring how well they are performing.
“We have a good partnership with Nintendo. We released four games on the platform over the last year and we’re pretty proud of Need For Speed, and Madden, and FIFA and Mass Effect. We have guys that our looking at the Wii U in the studio system right now as an opportunity for the future, but we have no publicly announced Wii U games that we’re going to release this fall.”
“We’re really excited about the Xbox One and the PS4 and that’s a pretty big endeavor in and of itself,” he said. “We have four titles out on the Wii U that are active right now, so looking at how things unfold, that’s where our focus is right now.
“Gen 3 is an awesome platform. It has a huge audience and has a lot of capability and we’re going to continue to publish games on gen 3 for as long as there is an audience there. We have a tendency as a company to support the last-gen platforms for many many years. I can tell you we have products planned for next year, the year after that and the year after that for gen 3 for sure.”
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A rumour has begun circulating the internet which suggests that Take Two will be announcing Grand Theft Auto V for next generation consoles next month. The announcement is supposed to be coming during an upcoming investor event on May 16th. Whether this means that a Wii U version of the game will be announced remains to be seen, as the next generation consoles mentioned in the report are presumably the next Xbox and the PlayStation 4.