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access_time October 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Xbox by Ramon Aranda

Turn 10 Talks Xbox 720

Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt, of the upcoming Forza Motorsport 4, recently commented to GamersMint about the need, or lack of necessity for a new Xbox console at this stage of the 360’s lifespan.

Asked about whether or not Forza 4 will be the last version of the game on the Xbox 360, Greenawalt said, “There’s no reason it has to be. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. A lot of how we get our improvements, such as the graphics, was not with more hardware. It’s actually through a knowledge of the hardware. It’s actually easier to be on a platform after it’s been several years out, because we can borrow from Epic, Rare, Lionhead, 343, and we give back to them.”

In reference to the use of more RAM, which would come from a new console, Greenawalt said that although it’s helpful, it’s just as important to find ways to get more out of current hardware.

“Hardware can always help, but only after you’ve had some time to trick the hardware. The reason we’re able to do what we do is not by using the hardware the way it was supposed to be used. That’s what happens on every version. Every game that looks great, the way it does it is by getting the hardware, learning every nook and cranny of it and tricking it into doing things more efficiently.”

Do you agree or disagree? Do we really need a new Xbox right now?




  • Ferd October 4, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Console Issues:

    Any console more than 5 yrs old without any hardware upgrades is asking to be rendered obsolete and will cause extreme potential loss of revenue when competition provides new alternatives.
    Regarding bullshit about no need for additional hardware improvements is analogous to saying I earned 20k/yr salary and can live off that same amount more that 5 years later. I just have to think of better ways to spend my money. That is such bullshit!!!
    Note: An adequate update of a console system must have at least quad core CPU, 8 GB Ram and 1 terabyte storage, Wireless communication, etc. It must be at the minimum a light version of a multimedia system or it will fail. Please note the cost of the bare minimum of the new system is still lower than the initial costs of the console build 5 years ago so this argument of not selling a new system within 2 yrs is not valid. If you want to play Russian roulette with your game console business and save money now by not up dating hardware then go ahead. I’m betting against you, laying the odds, because the majority of developers are now with Sony console game system. They may not yet upgrade either but their console system is more pliable then the Xbox360.

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