Crytek does “not have any next generation hardware from Microsoft”

Saturday, 18th June 2011 13:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Crytek has denied it has a next generation Microsoft console in the studio, and that rumors pertaining to such are false.

Earlier this week, a rumor surfaced stating Crytek was in possession of a next-gen Xbox console which used DX11 tech, and would be announced at E3 2012.

Crytek has told Gamespot it does “not have any next generation hardware from Microsoft” and has no idea when Microsoft will announce its future console plans.

However, it did tell Gamespot that its CryEngine “under-the-hood technology will be a next generation engine for all consoles,” based on estimates.

The firm also told the site that it was working on “pushing the boundaries of what current technology can bring”, and to expect a DX11 update for Crysis 2 “shortly.”

No mention was made regarding the extra Timesplitter 4 bits.



  1. Lewis247

    So, they make a statement about the recent rumor but miss out the timesplitters part? Good, that’s it pretty much confirmed then. No statement means they are not put the fire out on it.

    PLUS, “under-the-hood technology will be a next generation engine for all consoles,” So it’s not really out the question they could develop a game for the next gen right now?

    Timesplitters 4 is still the best news of all time.

    #1 4 years ago

    They might deny having the hardware, but they don’t need any hardware to have the hardware specs from MS, now do they…?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    You still need the hardware to test the compatibility, you can’t build a game and assume that the specs that MS gave you are right and it would work thats being ass backward.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DSB

    Obviously someone’s lying. “High-ranking source” within Crytek, or the Crytek rep.

    I don’t know if I trust Videogamer to verify their sources, and high-ranking sounds pretty subjective, but wouldn’t it be possible to simply build the game and port it to whatever system you end up recieving?

    The rumor was that they were building the game aimed at that hardware, not that they had the product itself.

    #4 4 years ago


    This is how the dev process goes in the early stages of new console generations AFAIK.

    I’ve never been involved in the process myself, but I’ve been told that for the PS2, for example, Sony gave devs the expected specs long before any actual dev kits, and these devs then started the general design process as well as asset production.

    Any other industry workers here who have been involved in the process can verify that for me.

    Also, don’t forget that you can pretty much port directly from 360 to PC and vice versa, so there’s reason to believe that MS wouldn’t change that.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight


    Probably right that they are doing the preproduction stuff and once the dev kit is released that’s when they would go in production. SO if anything Alpha or prototype to make sure the game play is there and is the focus and then iterate until the dev kit is given.

    #6 4 years ago

    Earlier this week, a rumor surfaced stating Crytek was in possession of a next-gen Xbox console which used DX11 tech

    Actually Steph, that’s not the case. The original article doesn’t mention hardware whatsoever.

    In fact, it actually says:

    Specifications for the new machine have not been finalised, but Crytek is using Microsoft’s DirectX 11 as the current basis for next-generation development. Tessellation, multithreaded rendering, and compute shaders are the three headlining features for DirectX 11.

    How can there be any hardware if the specs have not been finalised?? So it looks like our early stages of development theory could very well still be correct.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. sb319

    People want to see conspiracies everywhere, but the simple fact is that the next Xbox is still very far off indeed, and no external studios know anything about anything to do with it right now. The most Crytek can do right now is the same speculative shit that went on towards the end of the previous generation – aiming at high-end multi-core PCs, current-gen DirectX, and hoping they can port over when the time comes.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DSB

    Conspiracy theories rely on peoples ignorance to suit whatever crazy conclusion they may want it to fit, but a developer playing around with a project for the launch of a new console, is hardly science fiction.

    Crytek apparently aren’t even denying the project, they’re just suggesting that the console doesn’t exist yet. The fact that they’re very deliberately focused on the next generation for CryEngine 4 would seem to support the idea that it’s somewhere in the near future.

    That isn’t to say that it won’t be two or even three years, I wouldn’t expect it early than that, but it’s hardly silly to speculate about something that’s perfectly plausible. The current consoles are obviously starting to depend on the mercies of their developers.

    #9 4 years ago

    I still think Blizzard is ‘working on’ an MMO for the next xbox, too, by the way…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Kabby

    Would this really matter anyway? Crytek’s games are average at best and their engine performance is usually worse than the competition.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    ^ Pretty much… But TS4 would be made by Crytek UK, who is Free Radical Design renamed. So not the same guys that made that Crysis rubbish.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. ultramega

    Obviously just damage control to help relations between Crytek and Microsoft after the leak happened.

    #13 4 years ago

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