By Jonathan Charles | Sep 11, 2012 11:19 AM EDT
Anticipation is building for next-generation gaming consoles; as early as Thursday, Nintendo will launch Wii U, and Microsoft and Sony are expected to launch theirnext-generation consoles in 2013. Bethesda's PR and marketing vice president thinks current-generation consoles are performing just fine.
"I don't think the current ge neration of consoles are holding us back. There is still plenty that we are able to do visually, technically and from a story-telling standpoint. And there's this huge built-in audience now," PR and marketing Vice President Peter Hines said to MCV.
Hines said that new console have two problems. First, they are not finished; their technical capabilities will continue iterating and moving until their release dates; developers are rumored to be using next-generation consoles, but it remains uncertain how final those units are.
Hines's second point is the install base resets. Microsoft continues to be the best-selling consoles in the U.S. with Xbox 360. Hines talked about dividing the audience who want to stay with the current-generation consoles from those who want to move to next-generation. Speculation surfaced over how Microsoft will target Xbox 360 after the Xbox Durango release. The expectation is that it will remain for two to three years before being discontinued. The Xbox 360 is more popular for media apps than games, so a lack of releases does not necessarily mean it will struggle from next year.
Hines also said that Skyrim for Wii U, or other plans, are to be determined.
"We could put Skyrim on a handheld [the GamePad] as long as make some sacrifices, but we don't want do that," Hines revealed.
A 56-page document leaked earlier in 2012 revealing Microsoft's plans for Xbox 360 and the next generation. It wants to focus on media and Kinect while deveoping an always-on, cloud-based console. The leaked development kit, confirmed not bogus by Eurogamer, included early next-generation Kinect hardware. The motion sensing accessory is struggling to appeal to hardcore gamers due to the lack of quality experiences.
Wii U's launch is to be determined though Nintendo is holding an event this Thursday in New York that is expected to reveal the price and release date.
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