For gamers that have believed the rumors, this forthcoming E3 will be something special. While we received a brief taste of what the festivities might be like with the unveiling of the Wii U at E3 2012, most are looking towards Sony and Microsoft‘s next-gen unveilings as the marquee E3 event of the past couple years.
However, what we know officially about the PS4 and Xbox 720 and what has been rumored are not one in the same, as very little information has actually been detailed regarding either of the company’s major consoles. As well, we’ve begun to learn that rumors initially thought to be true — like intended names for the consoles — might have been leading us astray all along.
Or at least that’s what Dual Pixels is suggesting with their massive rumor-filled post, which purportedly blows the lid off Sony, Microsoft, and even Nintendo’s plans for E3 2013. More importantly, the details, which come from someone named “Geno” (yeah, take this with a big grain of salt), spill the beans on first and third party games being developed for the next gen.
As the post is so substantial, running through each and every piece of information, and evaluating its likelihood of coming true, would be less than optimum, so here’s a few of the highlights from the post:
- Nintendo plans to unveil a new Mario, 3DS Zelda, two different Kirby games, a Donkey Kong Land Returns 3DS title, and a Wii U Fatal Frame during their E3 press conference.
- There is also talk of Retro Studios working on a new Metroid game that would be in the same vein as Metroid Prime, although this game would feature multiplayer.
- Sony’s PS4 will be called Omni, and will implement Gaikai’s cloud-based services through a new feature called OmniCloud.
- Omni will support a device called an Omniviewer, which is a “a thin, lite and slick head mounted autosteroptic display that can track the users head and presents a 360 image view with semi transparent AMOLED screens.” Essentially the device would allow a game’s HUD to be projected in front of the TV screen.
- The Omni will hit retail in September 2013 with two units: a 160 GB basic set for $350-$399, and a set with the Omniviewer for $450-$499.
- First party games said to be in development for Omni include a new Uncharted, Killzone 4, and Media Molecule‘s next game.
- Microsoft’s console is said to be the most “up in the air” as the company is running into manufacturing issues.
- The console, which currently doesn’t have a name, is said to be the most powerful of the three — 4 to 6 times more powerful than Wii U and 2 to 3 times more powerful than Omni.
- Console comes with Kinect 2 built in — a rumor that has been gaining traction over the past few months — and may require a subsidized pricing model to offset a potential $499 price tag.
- First party titles are said to include a Halo Trilogy remake, Fable 4, and Rise.
- Infinity Ward is developing the next-gen version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4, while Treyarch is working on Wii U, PS3, and Xbox 360 versions.
While many of the details revealed in the post contradict some previously revealed or rumored details — including a claim that Bungie’s Destiny will not release in 2013, even though the developer has already said it will — it’s still some interesting information to consider.
If Microsoft can show up at E3 2013 will a superior, but more expensive, product their could conceivably be a changing of the guard as Sony’s more affordable “Omni” occupies the Xbox 360’s space. We’ll know for sure which rumors are true during E3 2013, which kicks off June 10th, 2013.
What do you think of the new Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo rumors? How do you feel about a potentially gimmicky feature like the Omniviewer?
Source: Dual Pixels