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NeXT
NeXT v2.5
The NeXT v2.5r2 in LittleBigPlanet 3.
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Developer GameEx (2012-2019)
T-Games Legacy (2020)
Initial Release NeXT v1.0
August 21, 2012
Latest Update Version 2.5.2r2
May 6, 2020
Level The T-Games NeXT - LittleBigPlanet's Most Advanced Media Player
LittleBigPlanet 2
The NeXT - LittleBigPlanet's Most Advanced Media Players
LittleBigPlanet 3
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'.

Development

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.

Engine

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

Version Number Official Release Date Development Name Change Log
v1.0 August 21, 2012 The NeXT Generation
  • Original Release Console
v1.1 August 24, 2012 Downloadable Update
  • Added 'Quick Update' - Update the console from the console (Level link + Score detector)
v1.1.1 August 26, 2012 v1.1 Fix
  • Fixed wrongly credited logic
  • Removed Memory Card that was stuck to the console
v1.2 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
v1.3 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
  • T-Chip Added - Organises Engine Processes
  • C-Chip Added - Organises Cartridge Processes
  • L-Chip Added - Organises Cartridge Slot & Controllinator Pannel lights
  • Preview mode re-built - now only accessible via holding down Shoulder + Trigger buttons for 3 seconds
  • Removed 'Quick Update' due to in-game errors
  • 'Download Play' icons changed
  • 'Wipe Memory Card' Option Added
  • Fixed the 'Next File' sound not working correctly under certain circumstances
  • Added run-time error message for when the T-Chip cannot be located
  • Fixed the wrongly-timed intro/outro text
  • Fixed reset app not functioning at all (due to old, incompatible logic)
  • Fixed backlight not functioning correctly
  • Added a player follower to the remote for ease-of-use
  • Swapped around the Shuffle & Reset Game options
  • Fixed certain text inside of the console which read "Quadratum"
v1.4 November 9, 2012 Big Update 2 (Modern)
  • Complete design change to the console to create a more streamline, modern look and feel
  • Modified default intro & outro text, tune and image
  • Modified screen size to make it symmetrical (enlarged)
  • Made the walls of the screen dynamic (like the background)
  • Moved the Rim of the screen from the thick layer to the thin to compensate for the new dynamic screen walls
v1.4.1 November 18, 2012 v1.4 Fix
  • Added a loading tune when waiting for a cartridge to be inserted
  • Patched a hole in the screens holographic border (due to the new dimensions of the screen)
v1.5 December 3, 2012 Mini Update 2 (Accessories)
  • Added Accessory functionality - allows the user to modify the run-time sequences of the NeXT
  • Fixed wrongly credited logic
v1.6 February 20, 2013 Big Update 3 (The Gadget Update)
  • Added 7 Memory Card Compartments (Total of 8)
  • Added logic to console to allow players to cycle through the newly added Memory Card Compartments
  • Removed a total of 24 unnessesary tags from the Console
  • Changed Memory Card icon
  • Added ability to disable the inserted Accessory
  • Added full-screen mode (a movie camera fixes to the NeXT's screen)
  • Added 'Play Style Toggle' to the Remote to allow the user to cycle through the Play Styles from a distance
  • Added Subtitles and Sounds to each play style option (from NeXT Audio)
  • Delayed cartridge activation to prevent screen overlay during boot-up
  • Modified the default boot-up image
  • Removed all echo from the boot-up and shut-down tunes
  • Modified default boot-up and shut-down text
  • Modified 'Trophies' icon
  • Added 'Pause' - Allows the player to pause Games (old destroyers need to be upgraded for this to take effect on older games)
  • Added 'Tips' - Allows the player to access Tips from a Game (if the game supports it)
  • Completely removed Development Destroyer (A Pink Destroyer Tag, the Stable release version is Red)
  • Added 'Console Updates'
  • Added 'Credits'
  • Upgraded volume logic with more efficient technology
  • Shortened auto-shutdown time (if the console is left on without a cartridge for 180 seconds, the system will turn itself off)
  • Re-named 'Applications' to 'Files'
  • Changed all of the File icons to look more like Files
v1.6r2 April 8, 2013 Legal Notice
  • Added 'Legal Notice'
v1.6.1 May 14, 2013 Mini Update 3 (Direct-Control)
  • Added Controllinator 1 Direct-Control (R1 + L1 = On/off, R1 + L2 = Previous File, R1 + R2 = Next File)
  • Re-Organised On/Off Microchip
  • Added On/Off Toggle Tag Conversion Point for Logic ease-of-use
v1.6.2 July 10, 2013 v1.6.1 Fix
  • Fixed 'Previous' Direct-Control Function
  • Moved Preview/Play Mode into the Direct control Menu (R1 + Triangle)
v1.7 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 Menu-Disabler
  • 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
v1.8 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
v1.9 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.
v2.0 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'
  • Corrected 'Ridgid' Typo
  • Added 'User Manual' to Console [Contains: Quick-Start Guide, Options Walkthrough & Error Codes]
  • Re-Organised 'Update Log'
v2.0r2 December 25, 2013 DLC Removal
  • Removed unintentional 'LittleBigPlanet: Move Pack' DLC content added in v2.0
v2.1 March 22, 2014 Big Update 5 (The Supermassive Update)
  • Added support for NeXT's 'Wireless HDD'
  • Added 'Wireless Features' Menu to IceOS
  • Re-positioned Game Camera
  • Removed 'Preview Mode'
  • Added 'Turn off Console' to IceOS
  • Added 'Eject Folder' to IceOS
  • Added new section of IceOS to store the new aforementioned features
  • Added new 'NeXT' Logos
  • Added on-screen indicator for 'Pause'
  • Re-rooted the Direct-Control shortcut that used to belong to 'Preview Mode' to 'Pause'
  • Changed colour of 'Start Up/Shut Down Options' to dark blue
  • Added 'Immediately connect to Wireless HDD after Start Up' to 'Console Settings'
  • Fixed Memory Card slot icon from being askew
  • When 'Pause' is activated, 'Next File', 'Previous File' and 'Shuffle' become idle
  • Added constant sound for when 'Pause' has been activated
  • Added fade-in and fade-out for constant Direct-Control sound
  • Added Direct-Control on-screen activation icon
  • Added Direct-Control to the User Manual
  • Re-named 'Console Settings + Other Options' to 'Settings'
  • Moved 'Music Settings' to 'Settings'
  • Changted 'Pre-Installed Music' microchip to a light green
  • Added version number to the front of the console (where Music Settings used to be)
  • Moved 'User Manual' to the bottom of the console
  • Changed 'Update Console' to 'Console Hub'
  • Moved 'Console Hub' to the left, to be symmetrical to 'User Manual'
  • Added 'Screen Brightness' to IceOS
  • Added 'Screen Brightness' to 'Console Settings'
  • Added 'Eject Folder' switch to bottom of console
  • Moved Folder Slot Disabler to be parallel with 'Eject Folder'
  • Fixed 'Quadratum' typo from Folder Slot Disabler
  • Changed appearance of mandatory emitting microchip
  • Edited 'What are these?/what do I do?' help microchip inside of the File Palette
v2.2 September 7, 2014 Mini Update 7 (Tranquil)
  • Moved 'Pause when controllinator 1 empty' to 'Console Settings' (from 'Player Settings')
  • Made 'Pause' only work when a Folder is actively playing its contents
  • Added IceOS Menu music
  • Modified intro/outro tunes
  • Moved 'Enable Direct-Control Shortcuts' to 'Console Settings' (from 'Player Settings')
  • Removed 'Player Settings'
  • Re-named 'Legal Notice' to 'Notice on Modifications'
  • Re-wote the contents of 'Notice on Modifications'
  • Re-named 'Pre-Installed Music' to 'Built-In Music Library'
  • Changed intro/outro message
  • Re-named Start-up/Shut-down style 'v1.4+' to 'v1.4'
  • Added 'v2.2' Start-up/Shut-down style
v2.2r2 September 7, 2014 Screen Fix
  • Fixed 'More Options' screen emitting in the front layer of the screen instead of the back
v2.3 December 23, 2018 Big Update 6 (NeXT Gen)
  • Moved Folder slot logic to thin layer in front of console
  • Updated T-Games Legacy logos to Spectrum
  • Altered credits to mention Trixel Creative
  • Fixed 'Mini Update' numbering in the Updates
  • Swapped 'Shuffle' and 'Re-Boot File'
  • Re-named 'Shuffle' to 'Shuffle Files'
  • Dephysicalised front-most and back-most layers
  • Updated 'Notice on Modifications'
  • Updated most notes on console to have a different font, blue background and white text
  • Reconstructed inside of Controllinators
    • Players can now exit them by using Circle by default, though this can be changed individually within each Controllinator
    • Certain seats cannot be entered during a Joinable Game session to prevent confusion
  • Altered 'Joining 2 Player Game' text to 'Joining as Player #...'
  • Added 'Automatic On/Off' for when Controllinator 1 is occupied
  • Re-coloured 'Settings' and 'NeXT User Manual'
  • Edited titles of some Settings
  • Shortened time to connect to a Wireless HDD once one has been found
  • Added tag to allow Wireless HDD to glow when connected
  • Updated intro & outro themes
  • Made 'Please Inert Cartridge' sequencer not loop
v2.3.1 December 23, 2018 v2.3 Fix
  • Fixed console not functioning at all unless Controllinator 1 is occupied
  • Re-arranged notes in 'On/Off'
v2.4 December 27, 2018 Big Update 7 (Zeus)
  • Removed constant SFX from 'Pause'
  • Altered IceoS Cursor to crosshair
  • If no Folder is detected, default Folder icon dulls
  • New Folders can emit custom IceOS icons, the default is blue
  • Added Rim pulse for each IceOS selection
  • Edited IceOS theme
  • Changed 'Please insert file.' to 'Please insert Folder.'
  • Swapped 'Check Memory Card Valency' and 'Change Memory Card Compartment' in all menus
  • Lessened intensity of colours on IceOS Options
  • Updated T-Games Logo in M Chip
  • Removed 'Additional Options' from IceOS
  • Removed echo from 'Please insert Folder.' theme
  • Cleaned up logic in L Chip
  • Added on-screen image for 'Please insert Folder.'
  • Added RGB support to baclklight
  • IceOS displays New Folder name instead of 'Open Inserted Folder'
  • Updated Folder and Wireless icons
  • Updated NeXT logo on 'Skip Intro/Outro' setting
  • Fixed 'Shuffle Files' not working correctly
  • Re-organised 'Settings'
  • Re-named 'Search for Joinable Games' to 'Download Play'
  • Updated icon of User Manual
  • Gave 'Notice on Modifications' old User Manual icon
  • Updated level link to Hub
  • Removed Anti-Gravity Tweaker from Hub level link
  • Tweaked locations of User Manual and Hub level link emitter
  • Controllinators 2-4 cannot be entered until Controllinator 1 is occupied
  • Edited 'Position in layer' of all sections and Folders
  • Moved 'On/Off' to be on grid
  • Made 'Notice on Modifications' not visible in Play Mode
  • Made Pause only function if a Folder is inserted
  • Pause will only function is the Media playing is a Game of 'Other' (new Folders only)
  • Fixed Circle not letting players leave Controllinator if NeXT Menu was disabled
  • Changed Engine name to 'Zeus'
  • New Folders state whether ot not they contain any Files if opened
  • Replaced all references to 'Applications' to 'Files'
  • Added 'Tips' to Direct-Control
  • Added function to allow Direct-Control to toggle 'Pause'.
v2.5 April 29, 2020 Big Update 8 (Thor)
  • Added Background Colour support for IceOS
  • Fixed Folders not displaying title correctly upon activation
  • Removed User Manual from Console
  • Removed Tips from front of Console
  • Removed several stickers throughout Console
  • Converted all Hologram to Sticker Panel
  • Updated Start-Up/Shut-Down screen
  • Re-named 'Accessories' to 'Modifiers'
  • Removed ability to disable Direct-Control and Modifiers from IceOS
  • Re-organised 'Game File' to have 'Advanced Features'
  • Re-structured Trophy Activation (now 'on' by default)
  • Re-aligned 'Pause'
  • Re-located 'Console Hub'
  • Updated 'Disable Folder Music' icon
  • Updated 'Folder Information' icon
  • Fixed yellow-green Trophy not activating correct Memory Card SaveData slot
  • Addd Memory Card section to IceOS
  • Added ability to spawn a Memory Card from IceOS
  • Added ability to visually check which Memory Card slots have SaveData in IceOS
  • Modifiers and Memory Cards now correctly go to their places
  • Added Object Saver to Memory Cards
  • Added optional Object Saver to NeXT Console ('on' by default)
  • 'Check Memory Card Valency' now also checks Trophy Save Data
  • Fixed 'Check Memory Card Valency' not detecting occupied slots.
  • Fixed Controllinators not allowing entrance during Download Play
  • Removed SFX for 'Next File' when remotely controlled
  • Slightly re-organised On/Off Microchip logic
  • Start-Up/Shut-Down screen now constantly appears until On or Off has completed (includding interruptions)
  • Moved 'Game-Making Toolkit' to 'File Palette'
  • Changed background colour of 'Additional Tools' in File Palette from nlack to white
  • Gave each File type seperate colours
  • Updated default File emitter template
  • Intro/Outro sequence is now 'off' by default
  • Renamed 'Settings' to 'Advanced System Settings'
v2.5r2 April 29, 2020 v2.5 Fix
  • Corrected several typos in Update Log
v2.5.1 May 2, 2020 Download Play Fix
  • Fixed typos throughout console
  • Re-named 'Microchip' to 'Folder Control'
  • Re-aligned 'Credits' Microchip
  • Console will no longer shut down immediately after joining Download Play
  • Colour-coded Update Log entries
  • Re-coloured IceOS menu uption borders
  • Moved IceOS logo from menu to boot screen
  • Re-positioned alert for outdated Folders
v2.5.2 May 5, 2020 Mini Update 8 (Athena)
  • Completed v2.5.1 update log
  • Re-sized elements on IceOS Main Menu
  • Altered dim Rim Light to be blue
  • Changed Update Log notes to represent colours added in v2.5.1
  • Added 'System Information' to IceOS
    • Added credits
    • Added version number, compilation date and build number
    • Added ability to check for system modifications
    • Added ability to check for other NeXT systems
  • Fixed Direct-Control icon in Controls clipping cursor
  • Re-named 'Controls' to 'System Controls'
  • Updated 'System Settings' icon
  • Updated 'System Controls' icon
  • Fixed Rim Light sometimes being stuck off
  • IceOS Cursor now respawns if absent for more than one second on IceOS Menu
v2.5.2r2 May 6, 2020 Player 4 Fix
  • Fixed Controllinator 4's input not detecting properly
  • Fixed Cursor sometimes spawning twice
  • Increased IceOS Cursor re-spawn time to 1.5 seconds

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