The NeXT is a multimedia device in LittleBigPlanet created by Billy Anderson and released August 21, 2012. It was the first console to be released in The NeXT Generation line of consoles.
The NeXT reads proprietary NeXT Folders, which can store up to 100 of any assorted files: Music Files, Picture Files, Game Files, Cut-scene Files or 'Other'.
The console was originally intended to become GameExpo III, however, Anderson decided the console contrasted too much from the GameExpo II, and changed the title to 'GameExpo NeXT' as a tribute to Steve Jobs. The 'GameExpo' title was later dropped due to incompatibility with previous GameExpo titles.
The NeXT operates on a newly-constructed engine by GameEx titled Zeus. Minor modular elements of the Quadratum's engine, QuadRTE-01, were initially used to aid the construction of Zeus, after being subject to major modification for the system.
At the time of creation, Zeus was the first engine to allow for a Console to have two separate run-time systems for one media. This allowed for the Play mode and Preview mode (the latter of which would be removed in NeXT v2.1 due to developer complaints).
Zeus would later be updated to include more world-first features such as Direct-Control (v1.6.1) and a Menu (v1.7) which is hardwired into the engine processes.
NeXT Update Log
Official Release Date
August 21, 2012
The NeXT Generation
Original Release Console
August 24, 2012
Added 'Quick Update' - Update the console from the console (Level link + Score detector)
August 26, 2012
Fixed wrongly credited logic
Removed Memory Card that was stuck to the console
September 9, 2012
Mini Update 1 (The Icon Update)
Added ability to check whether an inserted Memory Card has Savedata stored
Application Reset now Accessible via Wireless Override
Replaced most of the icons used in the console
November 2, 2012
Big Update 1
'Snapshot Mode' - Hold down X & R1 for 3 seconds to take a picture of the NeXT at any time
Added On/Off Toggle Tag Conversion Point for Logic ease-of-use
July 10, 2013
Fixed 'Previous' Direct-Control Function
Moved Preview/Play Mode into the Direct control Menu (R1 + Triangle)
August 21, 2013
Big Update 4 (The Menu Update)
Added Menu to console for easy access to 'Options', 'Run Inserted File' & the new 'Personal Music' and 'Controls' options
Added 'Personal Music' section to allow the user to add custom music to the console
Added M-Chip to the motherboard to allow Menu Processes to interact with the run-times
Added Music-Disabler to allow the custom music to operate whilst a File is playing
Added Accessory Support to Menu (Accessories can disable the Menu)
Added new T-Games logo to the console (Logo Bar + Intro/Outro Screen)
Removed auto-shutdown, as it was no longer needed with the Menu (this feature may be re-added to work only when the Menu has been disabled)
Added 'Planned Features/Updates' to 'Update Log'
Renamed 'Console Upates' to 'Update Log'
Added 'Controls' to the Menu
October 8, 2013
Mini Update 4 (Options)
Added 'Start-up/Shut-down Styles', which allows for users to choose between pre-installed start-up/shut-down styles, or to create their own
Re-named 'Other Options' to 'Console Settings + Other Options'
Re-named 'Reset the current Application.' to 'Re-Boot File'
Re-Organised 'Console Settings + Other Options'
Added 'Tips' to Direct-Control (R1+Square)
Added version number to Start-up/Shut-down screen
November 12, 2013
Mini Update 5 (IceOS)
Named NeXT Software (start-up/shut-down text, image, NeXT Menu, etc) 'IceOS'
Re-Organised M Chip
Combined all 'Join Game' Options (now called 'Search for Joinable Games') into 1 option, which automatically assigns the player into whichever slot is available, instead of leaving the player to manually input the controls themselves
Added 'Search for Joinable Games' to IceOS
Moved 'Search for Joinable Games' to 'Console Settings + Other Options'
Moved 'Music Settings' to the outside of the Console
Re-organised 'Console Settings + Other Options'
Added 'Self-Destruct [Rigid Connections]', to allow for a lag-free removal of the NeXT from any level.
Removed Tips from Direct-Control menu, as it clashed with the in-game popit.
December 25, 2013
Mini Update 6 (The User Update)
Added 'Update Console' to the console
Re-Organised T-Chip & C-Chip
Re-Coloured Settings in 'Console Settings & Other Options'
Fixed Bug: Console Constantly Trying to Join Games
Replaced most Subtitles with Captions throughout Console
Replaced all Subtitles with Captions throughout Folders
Added 'Looping' to 'Next File' and 'Previous File'