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Gibeau: ‘Hard to conceive’ of what next-gen hardware might do

Wednesday, 31st August 2011 01:12 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau has said consumers are happy with curent consoles, and that this generation still has plenty of life in it.

“It’s hard for me to conceive what you would do on a PlayStation 4. The displays are already 1080p, you’re already connected to the internet. You could make it faster, you could have more polys and you could up the graphics a little bit, but at what cost?” the executive told CVG.

“It’ll be interesting to see how [Sony and Microsoft] think about it in terms of the next generation but it seems to me that customers are happy, and we’re happy to build games on [Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3] right now.”

Gibeau said the age of “big console transitions” – in which we could expect fresh, dramatically improved hardware around every eight years – is over, citing online capabilities as cause for the current generations potential longevity.

“One of the things that we like is that the technology is consistent, and we believe that there are still things that you can do on these systems,” he added.

“We haven’t quite squeezed the last once of hardware horsepower out of these things, as you can see with Battlefield 3. Frostbite 2 technology coming in can do some really interesting things that nobody is able to do, and you see some great stuff coming from our competitors too.”

Although he commented that he didn’t feel there is consumer demand for a new platform right now, Gibeau is pleased by the prospect of the Wii U.

“I like the fact that Nintendo’s coming in with new hardware. That’ll help really rev up their business for the HD side, which is where we’re in a really good position.”

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2 Comments

  1. ultramega

    I can’t see any big titles on the horizon after next year. I’d rather just see the transition to PS4 and Xbox 720. 2013 sounds like a solid launch time to me, as much as I’d like to see them sooner.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. RandomTiger

    1080p at 60FPS would be nice, half the games I play drop below 30 when things get complex.

    Asside from that I would like to see better stories and voice acting. Sadly machine specs cant help there.

    #2 3 years ago

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