Ubisoft's CEO – Yves Guillemot – has unveiled his thoughts on what the shape of the next generation of consoles might look like.
Guillemot – who has been part of the industry since 1986! – spoke with IGN recently about what he believes the next generation of consoles should deliver to gamers (and how Ubisoft can contribute to this).
In the interview, Yves notes that the machines are more powerful (this is a given), but that more power in the console will be pushed to better streaming experiences. It also doubles the fact that models are scalable – that people can choose models that suit their needs.
"The machines will be more powerful and the data transfer system will be more efficient, so at some point we will have a better experience with streaming than buying a machine and regularly replacing the machine," he explains. .
"We will have different models, everyone will be able to choose the model that matches the type of money that he or she wants to invest, which I like is the diversity of models." I do not like a specific way to participate. I want to keep different types of approaches so that everyone can play with each other. "
He also notes that games will work together more and that the dividing line between player / maker will be blurred in some cases.
"We think it's very important to involve the community in making the game so that they really feel more at home when they play." By going to HitRecord, you could organize those things in such a way that many people could work, works very well, we see a lot of proposals that are fantastic, it will really improve the diversity and appeal of the game.
"[In the future]Games are really big worlds. It will be very good to allow more creators to create environments that are completely different than just a team [of developers]even if it is 500 people, it can imagine. "
It is a rather utopian idea – and one that could even be closer than we realize.
Introduction – Sony & # 39; s PS5 comes real and fast closer, we know that for sure. But exact details about the next PlayStation console will forever change as the sands of time. And until the company makes some cast iron announcements, it is unlikely that we know the exact details about the next move of the game giant.
But what is clear is that in the past three or four months the discussion in the industry around PlayStation 5 (like Xbox Scarlett) has grown to unprecedented new levels.
Whether this is an indication of the earlier rumors that PS5 development kits in nature are in nature is unclear, but it does suggest that we are now approaching a critical point in the life cycle of the PS4.
Even with one barrel charge of excellent PS4 exclusives have yet to come, the console starts to relax (very) slowly.
E3 2018 did not make any announcements about the PS5 console from Sony, but we can imagine that they can not avoid this next year at E3 2019.
That's why we expect information, leaks, specifications and even game announcements related to & # 39; next-gen & # 39; will become fast and fat in the next 12 months.
But for now we have some details, predictions and industry analyzes for you to think about, which we will certainly update weekly.
All this and more can be found under the gallery, which is a series for those who wonder concept images of the French designer Joseph Dumary.
PS5 release date – When will PlayStation 5 arrive?
This is probably one of the most important questions from console owners, but also one of the most difficult answers.
We start at the beginning. We know very well that Sony is developing a new PS5 console, as it was almost confirmed by Shawn Layden, for everyone who does not know it, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America (SIEA) and chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios.
Layden confirmed that in an interview during E3 2017 the PS5 is coming, but the console would do that too "Probably a while" before it is announced by the company.
And more recently PlayStation CEO John Kodera told investors that the PS4 "entered the final phase of its life cycle" after an astounding five-year success.
That's why we think that an announcement is likely to arrive at E3 2019, with a view to Sony release the PS5 in 2020.
PS5 Release Date – Why 2020?
Overall, 2020 seems to be the accepted date that most industry experts and analysts believe that Sony will launch a new console.
Moreover, the only source and prediction that we are inclined to believe is that it comes the most Digital Foundry.
The sister site of Eurogamer is known for its deep diving in the performance of games to see exactly how well they are running on a console and they are, in our opinion, some of the best technical experts when it comes to console gaming.
So when they write a story titled & # 39; PlayStation 5: when can Sony really make a generational leap forward? & # 39; you notice it.
For those who do not want to read now, the prevailing opinion of the story seemed to suggest that it would be crazy to assume that Sony would release a new console sometime before the fourth quarter of 2019, but that a launch in 2020 would probably be the most probably is.
PS5 price – How much does the PlayStation 5 console cost?
Again, we can not say for sure without a cast-iron announcement from Sony. But based on previous releases, it is more than possible to make a well-founded and credible guess.
When the PlayStation 4 was first launched in 2014, it was available for £ 349 in the UK and $ 399 in the U.S.
Fast forward a few years until when Sony launched their more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro and it was also launched for the same price as the original PS4, at £ 349 in the UK and $ 399 in the U.S..
We suspect this is where we will see the PS5 launch, with the PS4 Pro becoming the standard PS4 model at a reduced price £ 259 in the UK and $ 299 in the US.
It also seems as if the serious mistake of Sony that burned many fans with the overpriced PS3 launch price of £ 425 in the UK and $ 499 in the US was also learned.
So we expect you do not pay a penny more than £ 399 for the PS5, maybe not closer to £ 350.
PS5 Games – Which new titles can we play at the launch?
The PS3-to-PS4 era gave us our first real taste of games that released platform independence. And also with good results. Both The Last of Us and GTA 5 have been released at the end of the life cycle of the PS3 console, but now come with even more visual fidelity to the PS4.
And we suspect that the jump between PS4 and PS5 will also yield many more cross-generational games that first appear on PlayStation 4 before a new release with more graphic extras on the PS5 is released.
So, although we can not say with certainty which games will come to PS5, there are only a few that we can imagine as early contenders to get to the next console, as well as some annual releases that we doubt will miss, or .
The games we are thinking of include:
- Death Stranding
- Spirit of Tsushima
- Cyberpunk 2077
- FIFA 2021 on PS5
- PES 2021 on PS5
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake
- The Elder Scrolls 6
Call of Duty 2019 Tip
A vacancy for the upcoming Call of Duty game from Infinity Ward may have given a hint about the release date of the upcoming Sony console.
The reason for this is largely due to the indication that the function indicates that the game is in development for multiple next-gen platforms.
According to the vacancies on the recruitment website SelectMinds, Infinity Ward engages a temporary narrative scripter to work on a "new, exciting, unannounced" game that is under development for "multiple next generation platforms. "
For the avoidance of doubt, the offer does not explicitly say that this is Call of Duty, but given that Infinity Ward did not develop anything outside of Call of Duty games, you would be surprised if they hired something else.
In this phase it is generally assumed that every next-gen system, both for PS5 and Microsoft's next Xbox, would arrive at the earliest in 2020.
The implication is that too next generation consoles come much earlier than everyone expects, or Infinity Ward are not developing the Call of Duty game next year, but the following year.
The only problem with the latter is that Call of Duty developers generally work on cycles of three years, with next year Infinity Ward.
The only way in which this could change in our mind is whether a new developer is being queued up for a new annual Call of Duty release. Who knows, maybe Raven Software, who worked on the Modern Warfare Remaster, could be on the record. Time will tell…
PS5 Backwards Compatibility – Working PS4 games?
The current PS4 console uses one AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), built on the x86-64 machine architecture.
This is now hypothetical, but if Sony also uses this architecture in the upcoming PS5 console (which is likely to be displayed), there is a chance that the machine may offer backward compatibility functionality with PS4 titles.
PS5 Backwards compatibility – Do PS3 games and older games still work?
This seems more unlikely to be the same architecture does not support this functionality.
We think it is likely that Sony will continue to use its existing PS Now digital service, which currently offers more than 650 games covering the various PS2, PS3 and PS4 systems.
At this moment PS Now works as a streaming service on PS4 and PC. But if rumors are believed, PS Now can be on its way to a new system that also allows games to be downloaded for offline play. This comes from a nameless Kotaku UK source who claims that the new functionality will be launched in September.
PS5 Features – What do Devs want?
The PlayStation 5 needs "more of everything" as the games in the next generation of consoles will improve.
That is the verdict of Assassin & # 39; s Creed director Scott Phillips.
His title Odyssey is out in about three months, and although he expects this to be the best Assassin story ever – he thinks that much more can be done in the future as the next generation of the console powers all over the world. line increases.
Scott said about his biggest expectation the PS5 in 2020: "More.
"I think connected functions remain important when more gamers go online and want to be connected to their friends, the share button and things like that will be more important.
"That's why things like the photo mode come back for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, we want to engage with the community and we hope that the platforms will continue to allow that."
It comes after the top head of maker Ubisoft, Lionel Raynaud, suggested that next-gen technology would make a larger scale possible in Assassin's Creed titles.
He believed that a single Assassin's Creed title could have "different historical" periods and environments where the Animus traveled from one to the other, as opposed to the single-maps of the current games.
5 August 2018 – The latest developers who share their views on the case are from the Divinity Original Sin 2 team, Larian, who have hinted that the next generation of consoles would benefit greatly from more physics based events.
When asked what developers wanted from the next generation of consoles, a Larian spokesperson said:
"More power for physics-based events, so you can rely less on scripting and trust animate everything and more on the hardware that ensures this in a dynamic way.
"Why can not I take a bottle and use it as a weapon, and if it crashes for whatever reason (it clashes with something), use it as a weapon in whatever state it is?
"Something like that is not really possible at the moment, but soon, I am looking for richer sandbox experiences where you can really get into a situation and do everything you want.
"At the moment we are limited by the choice offered by scripted possibilities, and physics has the potential to unlock more."
This is probably not the last time we hear dev's share their opinions about what they want from the new PlayStation or Xbox console.
Sony still learns from mistakes in the past
As every Sony PlayStation fan will know and remember, the transition between PS2 and PS3 was one of the more difficult periods for the console giants.
But a delayed launch and a huge price tag made the PlayStation 3 a bit of a backward step and Microsoft gave the upper hand with their launch of the Xbox 360.
Talking to Eurogamer at Develop recently in Brighton, Shuhei Yoshida from Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios looked back on those hard days and also promised that future PlayStation consoles would not make the same mistakes again.
"Ken [Kutaragi] was so & # 39; s brilliant engineer – the team that worked for Ken was so motivated, he was a great motivator. Maybe he used video games as a stepping stone to realize his vision and dreams – he wanted to become the next Intel or something. He always approached the development of game systems, up to PS3 – they only work on a system, "Yoshida said.
"And we did not get access until it was done, he had confidence with the developers – whatever he did, the top developers could work on it and understand them – he did not see the need to involve game developers in the design of the system – so the PS3 was made and you know how successful it was. "
"It is human nature," added Yoshida. "People make mistakes, I do not know why, we are all human – we are not perfect, PS4 is doing so well, but we do not forget why we are here now."
The suggestion is perhaps that by not including the developers in the process of building the new machine, it created more work for those teams. But as we have heard from Digital Foundry, Mark Cerny, once the chief architect of the PS4, was once again "on the road to talk with developers about their needs for the next-gen PlayStation."
It certainly does not seem that Sony is too happy to relive the same mistakes they made in the past.
Industry analyst and old hypothetical mouthpiece Michael Pachter has interviewed GamingBolt, in which he pronounces his predictions for the next generation of consoles.
Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities, believes that Microsoft will be shut out the next day with its next-gen console – presumably Code name Xbox Scarlett – Sony beats the gate and gets the victory on the PS5.
"I'm sure Microsoft wants to launch the first, and I'm sure the new Xbox will be backward compatible with any Xbox One X software," Pachter said in the interview.
"I agree that it's hard for Xbox One X buyers, but they need to know another one 4 years after the cycle, I suspect Microsoft plans to launch in 2020, but if they think that Sony is on its way [to launch the PS5] then they will start early. "
Whether this is true or not is everyone's expectation – but with the recent conversations around Microsoft's Scarlett platform, the race is starting to warm up to next-gen.
Keep reading for everything we know about the PS5 so far, just below the gallery.
In the course of E3 2018 Gamespot had the chance to speak GameStop Merchandising head Eric Bright, who was quick to talk about the potential of the next generation consoles.
More specifically, Bright has quickly suggested that the launch of the new PS5 and Xbox console will again see a huge increase in sales in a few years, which he described as a "feeding frenzy".
Bright also pointed to the recent launch of Nintendo Switch as an example, and pointed out how the company was sold faster than where they got the consoles.
"When is always the big question, Phil Spencer has announced that they are working on a new Xbox, which I think everyone expects, when, I do not know, I honestly do not, but like any hardware transition that takes place – and GameStop has it has gone through a lot in the past – it's a great time for us. "
"It's going to be a food madness that I expect will bring a huge amount of visitors to our stores," concluded Bright.
However, it will be interesting to see if the store's sales will be affected in the long term, especially as the conversation around consoles becomes less dependent on physical media and disk drives.
Another report this week from investment banking company Piper Jaffray, written by analysts Michael J. Olson and Yung Kim, suggests that the market for physical games is declining at a rate of about 10 points per year.
The report also points out that the profit margins would be significantly increased for publishers if the consoles would become 100% digital because distribution costs would be (practically) eliminated.
"We believe it's a certainty that video games will be 100% digital in the next few years, and although exact timing is difficult to determine, we think 2022 is a realistic expectation," say, Olson and Kim.
Although we doubt that the next generation of console disks will be completely scrapped, we would not be surprised if the PS5 and Xbox Scarlet ushered in a new digital wave for consoles, driven by a concentrated focus on streaming platforms such as the existing PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass initiatives.