- iD Software's technical director John Carmack
predicts that the PS4 will be the first next-gen console out on the market.
He also expects for at least one of the upcoming consoles to ship without support for optical media.
To quote: John Carmack, technical director at iD Software, has predicted that Sony will be the first platform holder to make a move into the next generation of gaming hardware - though he doesn't expect any new machines to be announced in the near future.
"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, as spotted by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry.
"Whether Sony wants to jump the gun to prevent the same sort of 360 lag from happening to them again seems likely.
"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."