Report Pegs Next Xbox for E3 2012 Unveil, TimeSplitters 4 As Showcase

by Mike Bendel June 14, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

As the onslaught of news from E3 2011 just begins to settle down, rumors surrounding next year’s show emerge. Citing a “high-placed” source within Crytek, VideoGamer reports that Microsoft is poised to announce its next-generation hardware at E3 2012.

While specifications for the new box have yet to be locked down, Crytek is already on board with development. The DirectX11 API is targeted, suggesting a recent graphics chipset from Nvidia or ATI. Reportedly, TimeSplitters 4 will be among the showcase titles. Backed by its robust CryEngine 3 middleware, Crytek hopes to position the title as a visual benchmark for the next-generation.

For its part, Microsoft has declined to comment — and we wouldn’t expect a peep from them regarding this anyway, given that Xbox 360 is headlining the NPD sales charts.

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