Social components will be the defining difference between current and next-gen consoles, says Yannis Mallat
The next Xbox will be aligned with similar specifications and features to Sony’s PS4, Ubisoft CEO Yannis Mallat has said.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Mallat said that the new Xbox, codenamed Durango, would be more social and connected than the Xbox 360, although did not state whether this would mean the ‘always-online’ functionality that has been heavily speculated.
"It's going to be connected. It's going to be social. It's going to be immersive. It's going to be interactive," he said.
In a broader statement on new consoles, Mallat said the most obvious difference between current and next-gen titles would be the graphics, but that it was the new social integration and features that would define the generation.
"Let's state the obvious: the easy and immediate thing is going to be the graphics," he said.
"There are some mind-blowing graphics right now on our next-gen technology, both on Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed. That will be the entry door for anyone, even for the mainstream. It's really going to be amazing. Trust me on this one.
"That being said, the connected aspects and the social components will be what will define the difference between a next-gen experience and a current-gen experience. And we're eager to be able to talk about that and show that when we're ready."