Next-gen in late 2012/early 2013 says former Codie exec

More talk on when we’ll see the next-generation of systems today.

Former executive producer at Codemasters, Adam Parsons, has spoken to Gamer’s Guide to Life (via) about when he thinks Sony and Microsoft will put out their next systems. “The consoles are feeling their age now, so late 2012 or early 2013 feels about the right time for the industry to prepare for the transition,” he said.

But he didn’t stop there; Parsons also commented on what he expects to find in the new systems, adding: “For the catch-up, built-in Kinect and or controller motion support, and all the relevant network services, such as cloud storage, social connection and platform connectivity.

“Scalability to adopt new services and social integration will be key, but far simpler to retroactively fit via software/firmware, so I don’t see that as much of an innovation, more as forward planning.”

But Parson’s most wanted feature? Global access to your system: “Other innovation will take the form of access anywhere, any time. Apple is already starting to lead the way with iCloud and Wi-Fi syncing, but what I would like to see is a totally connected game. Eve Online has ambitions with Dust 514, but to be able to be part of a Call of Duty campaign on your iPhone, commanding units strategically, and then to be able to take part of the campaign in another way via a PC browser, with alerts being sent through social channels on your progress is something I haven’t seen accomplished on a large scale yet.

“With the obvious move towards digital distribution, it’s fairly safe to assume that larger storage, 3D features, faster processors, lower power consumption, the integration of entertainment services and streaming and any new interfaces will all be almost certain additions.”

That’s more than most other developers have offered for comment on the next-gen. Will Parson’s predictions come true?

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