Despite this console generation starting to grow long in the tooth, GameStop’s CEO Paul Raines doesn’t expect to see both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 to launch in 2013.
The head of the biggest specialist games retailer in the world told Polygon:
This week, I’m getting a lot of rumors that are very interesting about 2013. 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.
With the Xbox 360’s year long head start over the PS3 often being blamed for much of the Japanese consoles’ woes this gen, Sony have said that it would be “undesirable” to let the Xbox 720 (or whatever it will be called) release long before the PS4. But SCEA head Jack Tretton said at E3 that “we’ve never been first, we’ve never been cheapest, it’s about being best.”
Meanwhile, infamous games analyst Pachter talked about the next gen in a research note:
We have heard no word yet from Microsoft or Sony about their plans to launch new consoles, but both manufacturers are widely expected to launch consoles by year-end 2013, although we believe that Microsoft could delay a new console launch until spring of 2014 in order to accommodate what is certain to be overwhelming demand among hardcore gamers
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