id’s John Carmack has stated that Sony will be the first platform holder to make the move into the next generation of consoles, ahead of Microsoft and Nintendo. “The whole jockeying for who’s going to release the first next-gen console is very interesting and pretty divorced from the technical side of things,” Carmack told CD-Action. “Whether Sony wants to jump the gun to prevent the same sort of 360 lag from happening to them again seems likely.”
Carmack then goes on to say that “as developers, we would really like to see this generation stretch as long as possible. We’d like to see it be quite a few more years before the next-gen consoles comes out, but I suspect one will end up shipping something earlier rather than later.” He also speculates that at one of the new consoles won’t come with a media drive. “I think there’s a decent chance that one of the next-gen consoles will be without optical media.”
“The uptake rates of people who have broadband connects surprised everyone this generation. It’s higher than what the core publishers and even the first party people expected,” he concludes. We don’t think there’ll be any such announcements any time soon, but it’s fairly clear that Sony need to get the jump on Microsoft with the next generation of games consoles, and whether or not the PSPgo succeeds will be a good indication of the take-up levels of digital distribution.