RUMOR #1: The PlayStation 3 will be able to communicate with the Xbox 360...which in turn will let users play Microsoft games on their DSes or PSPs.
The official story: "We have made no such announcement, and anything otherwise is purely speculation."--Sony Computer Entertainment American rep. "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation."--Guess who?
What we heard: SPOnG quoted an anonymous executive who claims to have seen a slide show that showed Sony was "planning on making the PlayStation 3 'talk' to the 360." A more likely scenario is that the presentation illustrated how the PlayStation 3 can connect to a network that's also connected to a 360. Since gamers will have the PS3 and 360 on their home networks, even if the two consoles aren't on virtual speaking terms, it's possible that Sony will let the PS3 share media files with other devices, up to and including the 360. Speaking of the 360, Xbox Advanced was the source of a far wilder rumor that had Microsoft working on "technology [that] would allow users of the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS to connect with the Xbox 360 and then play Microsoft's games online." While Microsoft has
Bogus or not bogus?: PS3/360 connectivity for media files could happen, but playing Microsoft games on a PSP and/or DS online via a 360? Crazier things have happened....
RUMOR #2: An image of Grand Theft Auto for next-generation console has surfaced.
Source: The Gallic gamers at Jeux-France.
The official story: See below.
What we heard: GTAddicts everywhere felt their pulses quicken this week when Jeux-France posted what it claimed was the
Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus.
RUMOR #3: The Xbox 360's central processor will be only be twice as powerful as the current-generation Xbox.
Source: Hardware haven Anandtech.com.
The official story: See below.
What we heard: Early in the week, Anandtech ran an article titled "Microsoft's Xbox 360 & Sony's PlayStation 3 - Examples of Poor CPU Performance" by its eponymous author, Anand Lal Shimpi. The lengthy piece made the claim that both Sony and Microsoft are (shocker) using stats to make their next-gen consoles seem faster than they really are. The article singles out the 360 in particular, saying that "game developers will most likely only be using one of [the 360's three 3.2GHz] cores for the majority of their calculations." That would mean the console would run much slower than advertised. How slow, you say? "Right now, from what we've heard, the real-world performance of the Xenon CPU is about twice that of the 733MHz processor in the first Xbox," wrote Shimpi. "Considering that this CPU is supposed to power the Xbox 360 for the next 4-5 years, it's nothing short of disappointing." But is it true? Microsoft refused to deny or confirm the story, even though it gave a more thoughtful response than the usual knee-jerk "No comment." In a statement, the company revealed, "The next generation will not be defined by hardware alone, but by a complete, integrated platform." [The] Xbox 360 will have the hardware, software and services to enable breakthrough gaming and entertainment experiences that will blow consumers away." In the wake of the subsequent furor, Anandtech pulled the story late in the week, giving the appearance (at least) of a retraction, although the article can still be read on Google Groups. One thing is certain: As is the case with any new console, it will take developers time to learn how to use the 360's hardware. And since multicore CPUs are a new, next-gen phenomenon, it is possible some of the first games may, in fact, use just one core. Since the Xbox 360s at E3 were still running off dev kits, gamers will have to wait until the fall to find out exactly how much the 360 tops its younger brother.
Bogus or not bogus?: We'll see when that sucker hits the market.
RUMOR #4: More ads have surfaced for the Nintendo Revolution launch--one of which implies it will sense motion.
Source: Freshly minted next-gen fan site RevoGaming.net.
The official story: "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation."--Nintendo rep.
What we heard: Last week, a
Bogus or not bogus?: ...Bogus.