PS4, Xbox 720 are 'spectacular,' says EA's Frank Gibeau
- Posted September 4th, 2012 at 07:43 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 5 Comments
Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation systems are ‘spectacular,’ according to Frank Gibeau, president of EA Labels.
The executive has already spoken out about PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 in recent weeks, previously stating he expects both machines to arrive on store shelves in roughly a year’s time.
Now, speaking to GI.biz, Gibeau admitted that the current hardware cycle is dragging on a bit, and reckons the arrival of new consoles will stimulate growth for the videogames industry.
"When you launch a new IP it needs to do something really, really remarkable, and that's easier to do when you have a new set of technology that gives you novel capabilities. This is the longest cycle that any of us have ever seen, and we're at the point where a little bit of fatigue has set in, and people are wondering what they can possibly do next,” he said.
"I've seen the machines that we're building games for, and they're spectacular. Gen 4 hardware is a huge opportunity, and it's going to lead to a huge growth spurt for the industry.”
"The only thing that could really displace that is really high-end tablets and IPTV, and IPTV is further out than just a couple of years," continued Gibeau. "But those are the only two places I see that kind of risk occurring, and the good news for EA is that we're going to publish across all of them. We might ultimately find that to our advantage."
PS4 and Xbox 720 are speculated to arrive in shops in late 2013, though both machines have yet to receive an official reveal. However, it is expect Sony and Microsoft will announce their next-generation hardware at E3 next year.
Stay tuned to PSU.com for more details as we get them.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 9:38am EDT - September 4th, 2012
You know, its pretty funny that we are getting more info on next gen from the president of EA, than from anybody else. This is a first.
Ajetuv | Ajetuv57
- 11:12am EDT - September 4th, 2012
Well, that's bad news for Bethesda. I mean, they are already having problems with PS3. How are they supposed to survive next gen hardware?
vladspartan | vladspartan
- 11:41am EDT - September 4th, 2012
o cara comprou a sony e a microsoft pra saber mais q eles mesmos? afff esse cara so merchan! baita otario tio da ea! se liga veio! kkkk larga de encher linguiÃ§a e para de querer q todos parem de comprar.so ta pensando nele no futuro. e com medo pelo visto.o tia da EA viajou na mionese kkkk
Facelord | Facelaud
- 6:13pm EDT - September 4th, 2012
@4 Yeah, pleasing developers is their M.O. recently. The Vita's the easiest console to develop for right now, just over the 360 in that regard. I can only see things getting better and better with the PS4, I just hope fanboys would stop spewing nonsense like "screw the PS4, the PS3 still has life in it." I waited out this generation for the next and it should pay off, hopefully backwards-compatibility is a possibility.
- 2:20am EDT - September 5th, 2012
@5 who needs backwards-compatibility, (full)HD re-release FTW
can't wait for a GOW 3 fullHD, or Uncharted FHD colledtion ;)
come on Sony , release the darn console already.
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