Rumor: Ubisoft in possession of next-gen Xbox dev-kits

Wednesday, 16th November 2011 17:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Rumors surrounding next-gen consoles continue to dominate the news today, with a source telling Edge that Ubisoft Montreal already has a dev-kit in-house for Xbox 360′s successor.

According to the anonymous source, dev-kits are to be shipped out to more studios by Christmas, with EA already in possession of one in addition to the Assassin’s Creed studio.

Ubisoft is rumored to be working with “target boxes” running custom software and components from Microsoft, with further rumors claiming AMD-branded GPUs are running the boxes.

In a statement given to Edge, a Ubisoft spokesperson said: “We do not comment on rumour and speculation.”

The next Xbox console was rumored for a CES 2012 reveal yesterday.

Last month, four Microsoft employees listed work on next-gen systems on their LinkedIn resumes, and Kinect creative director Kudo Tsunoda was last night revealed to have assembled a team tentatively called the “NextGen team at MS”.

Rumors that Microsoft-owned studios Lionhead, Turn 10, Rare, and 343 Industries are working on games for the next console have also swirled around of late, with the later denying  Halo 4 would be the system’s launch title.

Major Sony studio working with PS4

It’s not only next-gen rumor today; another Edge source has claimed that one of Sony’s major studios has “ceased PlayStation 3 development” and has shifted focus on the console’s fourth iteration.

The studio is also supposedly involved with the development of the console’s graphics tech.

The new talk comes at a time when Square Enix’s has gone public on the current generation of consoles, saying developers have nothing more to accomplish with the tech. It was even announced by the firm’s technology director that its best talent has moved on to “something else,” making it likely the publisher is also working on next-gen tech, especially in light of the announcement of Square’s new Luminous Engine.

Epic Games has also started work on an enhanced version of Unreal Engine 3, which will be shown during GDC in March 2012. However, if an Unreal Engine 4 is to be released, the firm want it to launch alongside the next wave of consoles, not beforehand.

While the old adage of where there’s smoke there’s fire might ring true in this case, it’s still best to take everything with a grain of salt until something more concrete emerges, especially as the majority of developers are still keen on current-generation consoles, and both Microsoft and Sony have 10-year plans in place for Xbox 360 and PS3.



  1. Razor

    About fucking time!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    @Razor +1

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Anders

    Exciting times.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. kingofscotland

    Bear in mind how long a good game takes to develop I would expect MS, Sony and preferred 3rd parties to be working on launch games for release Christmas 2013

    #4 3 years ago
  5. chipvideo

    I can’t wait. This generation is due for an upgrade.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. triggerhappy

    Owwww, like the Sam Fisher image :D

    #6 3 years ago
  7. aseddon130

    yeah! get Assassins Creed 3 made on it!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. FeaturePreacher

    I’m thinking 4-8 gigs physical memory with 1 GB video card for both systems. I just hope both MS and Sony know to put multi-touch, capacitive, slide out touchscreens with a rotatable camera in their controllers so games can have more buttons and use QR codes to avoid typing. $100 isn’t too much to spend to get an extra controller.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. xino

    a rumour is a rumour, I highly doubt it!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. jowadmax

    Why people always ask for 4/8GB of memory for the new console generation? Don’t you know that the memory of the 360 is only 512MB! 2GB of memory for the next gen console will be more than enough (4x 360′s memory).

    #10 3 years ago

    Next year’s E3 is already looking like it’s gonna be BIG!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Zeydlitz

    Distance from 720p and 1080p — is x6. So 3Gb is needed for textures in modern 1080p. And 1Gb as potential to grow.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. HeavyD-Love

    Halo 4 SHOULD be a next gen Xbox launch title.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. IL DUCE

    I’m thinking Ubi may be making that new Rainbow Six for nextgen if that’s the case…even though its initially been said to be coming to 360 and PS3…unless Splinter Cell 6 will be a launch title for the nextgen X Box and Rainbow Six Patriots is their last TC game for this gen in 2013

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Quiiick

    Yes, nothing less than 4GB of RAM is needed for next-gen consoles.
    Anything below that number would be a disappointment.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. manamana

    @kingofscotland +1

    #16 3 years ago
  17. ninjanutta

    Bla Bla Bla…..ive got 6gb gddr5,4 gb graphics shared,and a quad extreme 3.07 quad processor in my pc and that will be a kickass next gen console spec but thats just hopes and prayers..In truth,their real specs will be about 2 thirds what my gaming rig is now, which, without windows will make amazing games.
    I may be way off,MS and Sony may go all out and over do it,seeing as its the last console gen.I hope they do go mad,over the top,bonkers,crazy specs.Gamers win either way.
    Only time will tell.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Lahanas

    The last console gen? LOL, consoles arent going anywhere, just like portable consoles arent going anywhere. Consoles are the center of gaming right now and as long as there are the amazing exclusive games of each of the three platform holders, console gaming will always be king.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Quiiick

    @Lahanas +1

    #19 3 years ago
  20. drewbles82

    even if the rumours of it being announced in Jan, it wont be till Xmas 2013. Gonna use E3 2012 to demo it, then E3 2013 to show launch titles and show nothing but the new console.
    Its clear some game devs are gonna be working on games, they do take more than a yr 2 make so obv they need to start at some point.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Lahanas

    There is absolutely no way they will announce a new system and release it after two years. No way, this not software, this is hardware. Announcement of a new system = death of your current one in the eyes of most consumers. Release one year after the reveal, tops. If they reveal a new Xbox at CES, then it is almost certain it will launch end of 2012.

    Remember the 360: may 2005 reveal, november 2005 launch.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. fearmonkey

    I agree that the consoles need at least 4GB but I worry that MS may not go that route and instead choose 2GB -3GB. I’m afraid the reasoning for that will be to include Kinect support when you purchase the console.
    I could care less about Kinect and I hope that doesn’t happen.
    If Sony is taking a wait and see what MS does, and MS does indeed have 2GB, then PS4 will have 4GB.
    Sony’s Move not being as successful as Kinect might work out for them, if they put more into the console and less into motion controls, it would be the hardcore system to own.

    @21 – Yeah but that was different, the original Xbox wasnt going anywhere.. This will be different. It will be more like Xbox announced in 2000, released in 2001. PS2 announced in 1999, released in 2000.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. daytripper

    i just hope whatever system from either ms or sony is not rushed to compete with the wiiU

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Lounds

    They will release it in line with Windows 8.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. triggerhappy

    @ daytripper: what you said. I think the wii u announcment puts MS & Sony under tremendous pressure to make a move of their own, and each of them will be wanting to get theirs out ahead of the other. Exciting times :D

    #25 3 years ago

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