No new Xbox until 2014?

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It’s generally not prudent to put much stock in to random forum posts from random people – as they quite often tend to be filled with random rubbish, but a post on the Gamespot forums caught my eye. In it, Gamespot forumite ShoTTyMcNaDeS suggests the next Xbox might only see retail in 2014.


“I was talking to the clerk at this store and was asking her if they have heard anything concrete about the next XBOX. She said that their MS retail rep told them that the next XBOX isn’t expected until Fall of 2014 because there is simply no way that MS can launch a new console without any of its flagship franchises in tow..i.e. Gears of War, Halo and Forza. All three of these franchises just had new incarnations in recent months and to expect the developers to have next gen titles ready by this Fall is simply unrealistic,” he says.

Yes, a random statement from a random Gamestop employee is something to be taken with a rather large grain of salt, but the reason it caught my eye is that one of our own industry sources has told us not to expect Microsoft’s next-generation console this year – and it does make sense. It’s incredibly unlikely that Microsoft could have any of its flagship titles ready for release this year, and launching new hardware without a big enough exclusive draw is a risky proposition.

I’m not the only one who thinks so. Industry analyst Michael Pachter believes that Microsoft will only release its new console around this time next year.

Speaking to Nowgamer, Pachter said that “If I were a betting man (and I am), I would say a spring 2014 launch makes more sense, since hard core Xbots could get a console without having to compete with moms buying gifts at holiday, and it is likely that they won’t manufacture more than a few million units for launch.”

That ties in further to reports from last year saying that production on the console’s chips were yielding low rates, making a delay in to 2014 quite likely. If this does turn out to be  true, Microsoft will have squandered the head-start that afforded it its position this generation, and it’s quite possible that gamers, desperate for more capable hardware, will jump ship to Sony’s PlayStation 4. sony’s console is expected to be released in time for the holidays this year.

Microsoft has yet to even acknowledge that a next-generation Xbox exists, with rumours pointing towards a reveal next month. We’ll definitely see the next-generation Xbox this year, but whether or not it’ll be available at retail in 2013 is another question entirely.

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  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    I suspect the project code name is WaitForPStoLaunchToSeeWhatWeNeedToFixOrUpgrade

    • http://twitter.com/DanielKeevy Daniel Keevy

      You forgot to add the – gate. Americans love Gates.

      Yeah, double pun. This must be how Duke Nukem feels….

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        -gate comes later after the scandal :P

      • bigevilworldwide

        Those are just the ignorant Americans who can’t grasp that Watergate was called Watergate because it happened at the WATERGATE HOTEL…Which are usually the ones that listen to Faux Noise for their fairy fable news

        • http://www.facebook.com/johnnie.finn.9 Johnnie Finn

          “faux noise”

          So Fox News is NOT noise? You’re lost in a world of irony.

          • ValcoreX

            nice try but faux means false (factually incorrect) or fake not opposite of, so his statement works.
            its false noise

    • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

      Agreed

  • Anon A Mouse

    Mmmmmm, I’m sure M$ have a lot of kinetic games lines up for release, why will they have to wait for the next flagship franchise to drop. Plus it’s an entertainment hub not a gaming console thus gaming isn’t priority for them.

    • Krepler

      /s…

      I guess one person out of eight didn’t get it.

  • http://twitter.com/DanielKeevy Daniel Keevy

    This is incredibly smart. Wait to see whether there’s a bottleneck on the WiiU and the PS4. It’ll also allow them to add any new support into the hardware.

    • bigevilworldwide

      Nobody wants the Wii U so that just leaves the PS4 all by itself

      • Omar Marshall

        Speaks for yourself. Nearly 4 million people need to have a talk with you.

  • Skoobaz

    meh

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      ;)

  • Sir Oldfart

    WHAT!! You mean they intend to release games alongside their new TV cable box??

    • Anon A Mouse

      Somehow I expected more from you regarding this. So what are your true feelings regarding this?

      • Rincethis: Spellalicious

        The reason @360Mirror:disqus has yet to reply, is because he is currently pushing a children’s school bus off Signal Hill…

        • Anon A Mouse

          WOW that sounds like a fun ride.

          • Rincethis: Spellalicious

            It’s his rage at the next gen-consoles

      • Sir Oldfart

        :p

    • http://twitter.com/GideonFCarstens Gideon Carstens

      Trolololol :D

      • Russell Gorall

        Fanboyoyoy.

  • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

    LOLforzaGearsHalo/Rinse/repeatLOL

  • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

    So. Sony’s got the market to itself for winter. Ha.

  • matthurstrsa

    Very dangerous! The PS4 is looking very good to me right now. So I’ll just stick to Xbox 360 and Ps4 and PC thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/Technikyle TechniKyle

    Xbots? Wait, What? Do they shoot from their nipples? (the name reminds me of fembots) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTv9AhCuSU4

    • Sir Oldfart

      ROFL

  • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

    MS needs to address all these rumours soon. They should not let it simmer like this for too long

    • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

      The whole idea of letting rumors is that people start to believe them…..

  • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

    This is hearsay linked to more hearsay linked to more hearsay. Personally, I think the NextBox will launch alongside Windows 8.1 and Surface Tablets worldwide release later this year.

  • Necro

    yes, wait until the hardware it runs on is 3 years old THEN finally release it as a “next gen” console

  • Russell Gorall

    To give them time to hook up more Dashboard ads. Maybe the console will monthly sponsors, like you boot it up and see “Xbox.. Presented by Taco Bell”?

    • Jacob

      You are one dumb criminal pauperfanboy.

      • Russell Gorall

        Ditto.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    I’m actually pretty glad that IF this proves correct, that it won’t launch until 2014 cuz this year I know I’m gonna get a PS4 and and the awesome launch titles it has this year(sorry Microsoft but Sony just might have turned the tables on you for once.)

  • bkeysy

    yeah right, that would end MS gaming division. unlike sony xbox can’t get behind ww It would make little sense for a developer to make games on the next xbox at that point. MS would have to have one hell of a console and none of their rumors can be true,otherwise its curtains.

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