GameStop CEO Says Either Xbox 720 OR Ps4 in 2012, Not Both
No one really knows for sure when the next generation of consoles will begin. All signs point to Wii U launching this fall (even if Nintendo still hasn’t confirmed it). But what about Xbox 720 (or whatever Durango will be called) and Playstation 4? My money is on next year for both, with 720 launching first (around or before E3) and PS4 during the holiday season. But then, I’m just a lowly writer. What do people in the gaming industry think? Well, GameStop CEO Paul Raines (if you can call GameStop part of the industry) claims that I’m wrong, that in fact we should expect a staggered release with each console getting its own debut year.
“The Wii U, we expect it at holiday,” Raines said to The Verge, confirming what previously leaked GameStop documents suggested. However, he claims he’s been hearing we shouldn’t expect both Sony and Microsoft to launch their consoles next year. “This week, I’m getting a lot of rumors that are very interesting about 2013,” he said. “We have not been expecting two more consoles in 2013. We’re expecting Wii U this holiday, another one next year, and another one in ’14. These rumors change every week, but we’re hearing more about next year.”
I still think Xbox 720 comes out first, but I suppose I could see the consoles being staggered. They’re probably not going to be cheap, and the developers probably don’t want to force consumers to make a choice that could well kill their business. We’ll see, presumably next year.