2014 too late for PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 release date?

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Earlier on we gave you an insight into a possible early release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 next-generation consoles, but now we have some contrasting information, suggesting that gamers will have a while to wait until they release.

Although this information obviously isn’t official yet, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give you some fresh release rumors regarding the new consoles and interestingly, the source of the information comes courtesy of some GameStop executives.

Recent information from US research group Baird claims that these GameStop executives have discussed a launch for Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox 720 sometime in 2014, meaning that consumers are potentially three years away from owning a new console – perhaps too late for some of you.

Considering that we’ve heard continued speculation that Sony and Microsoft will be releasing their next consoles sometime in 2012, this is the first time that figures with a ‘hint’ of authority has stated that the year for the next-generation consoles could be 2014 – perhaps way too late for many gamers.

If you are planning to pick up the Nintendo Wii U, then you’ll be interested to know that its launch in 2012 could also bear some significance to the PS4 and Xbox 720 launches according to the GameStop executives. They have stated that the release of Nintendo’s new console will put pressure on Sony and Microsoft to push their consoles out onto the market, but rather than a release in 2013, consumers will be left to wait another year.

Would it really be the end of the world if the PS4 and Xbox 720 did come out in three years time? From our point of view, the Xbox 360 and PS3 definitely do not feel outdated to us, and they still won’t at the same point next year, as there are plenty of first-party titles for each respective console to keep gamers busy for months, then of course you have Move and Kinect which will reach the next step with more responsive titles to get to grips with.

If you were expecting both consoles to drop next year or even in 2013 alongside the Nintendo Wii U, tell us this – Would you still be willing to buy either console if they came out in 2014, or do you believe it’s too late. At the end of the day, its only an extra year on top of ‘expected’ launch periods so this shouldn’t really be an issue to some of you.

Is a 2014 release date for next-generation consoles too late for you or not?

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  • http://twitter.com/BlackPoison87 Daryl Williams

    sooner the better

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TI3MZSLAH7VWF3XG24QPYAGT2Q Bob

    I can wait.  Most of all, I can wait to spend another $400 – $500. 

  • Anonymous

    I really think a lot of people are indulging in wishful thinking regarding the so called “next-gen” machines. Just how much power will they really have? As far as graphics go, no console will reach the heights of P.C. graphics, because they rely on T.V. displays. Resolutions are maxing out at 1080p, what’s left? Higher def textures, better shaders, more anti-aliasing? So what? Are the majority of gamers really going to care about such things? Most don’t know or care, that the majority of games they are playing run at 720p. If they really cared about slightly prettier graphics they would all be playing on P.C.s, not consoles. More Ram, better A.I., might, just might be noticed, but the investment to risk ratio for big leaps in power is pretty high right now.

    I can see new versions of existing consoles; a new 360 with more RAM and a bigger capacity optical disk, perhaps even incorporating Kinect in the base unit, similar improvements for the PS3, but a massive leap in tech is, in my view, unlikely for some time.

    • Anonymous

      With an upgraded CPU/GPU chip it is likely the next gen consoles will perform at higher frame rates, and will not specifically focus on higher resolutions. With the frostbite 2.0 graphics engine making use of higher frame rates to produce better graphic flow, id say for Sony an Microsoft to be considered by future developers, they must upgrade processing power; also to enhance game play through a 3D display.

  • Anonymous

    I really think a lot of people are indulging in wishful thinking regarding the so called “next-gen” machines. Just how much power will they really have? As far as graphics go, no console will reach the heights of P.C. graphics, because they rely on T.V. displays. Resolutions are maxing out at 1080p, what’s left? Higher def textures, better shaders, more anti-aliasing? So what? Are the majority of gamers really going to care about such things? Most don’t know or care, that the majority of games they are playing run at 720p. If they really cared about slightly prettier graphics they would all be playing on P.C.s, not consoles. More Ram, better A.I., might, just might be noticed, but the investment to risk ratio for big leaps in power is pretty high right now.

    I can see new versions of existing consoles; a new 360 with more RAM and a bigger capacity optical disk, perhaps even incorporating Kinect in the base unit, similar improvements for the PS3, but a massive leap in tech is, in my view, unlikely for some time.

  • Anonymous

    I really think a lot of people are indulging in wishful thinking regarding the so called “next-gen” machines. Just how much power will they really have? As far as graphics go, no console will reach the heights of P.C. graphics, because they rely on T.V. displays. Resolutions are maxing out at 1080p, what’s left? Higher def textures, better shaders, more anti-aliasing? So what? Are the majority of gamers really going to care about such things? Most don’t know or care, that the majority of games they are playing run at 720p. If they really cared about slightly prettier graphics they would all be playing on P.C.s, not consoles. More Ram, better A.I., might, just might be noticed, but the investment to risk ratio for big leaps in power is pretty high right now.

    I can see new versions of existing consoles; a new 360 with more RAM and a bigger capacity optical disk, perhaps even incorporating Kinect in the base unit, similar improvements for the PS3, but a massive leap in tech is, in my view, unlikely for some time.

  • jswalker95

    i would like them to announce a new console next year and releasing it the next. although i wouldnt mind a 2014 release to much

    • Roullex

      Exactly,good things come to those who wait.

  • Raskilinov

    Absolutely not, this 2012 timeline seems to only have appeared from gamer rumour. There was statement a while back in a Jamie Pert article that referenced a Howard Stringer statement that Sony’s next console would be expectant 2016. The gamestop article suggests 2014, with a possible earlier release because of pressure from Nintendo’s Wii U. 
    I still agree with many of the retailers and the manufacturers themselves that the PS3/Xbox360 hardware still has alot to offer gamers. It’s just a case of more software being brought to consumer. Imagine a partnership between Seeing Machine’s fAPI software brought to Kinect or Move sensors. We already know that Toshiba is partnered up with it in their Qosmio F750 laptops so this does not seem too much of a leap if such a deal was struck – which would provide further life to the game consoles. 

    Answering your question Alan: No. Does not seem too much of wait, similar sentiments to Bob – if the consumer is paying a good price I for one would hope the company spent a good amount of time in R&D, Quality and testing before release. 

  • Bob

    I knew the 2012 release hype was wrong, especially where the PS3 is concerned. It’s still managing to improve the quality of games year on year, in both quality and visuals. It clearly hasn’t been “maxed” yet. Besides the PS3 is only just coming into its own. Whatever Sony does, Microsoft are sure to follow. Despite average PS3 sales, people forget that the Playstation (including 1, 2 and 3) is the most successful home console line ever. Sony know what they’re doing despite the poor price decision on the PS3, had they got the price right and released first, based on the original Xbox sales I highly doubt Microsoft would still be in the home console business.

    I laugh at the people who were almost certain they might release late this year or next year, it was never going to happen. If you look at the figures they’re still showing growth.

    • RC

      Hasn’t been maxed out,are you Blind,Look at the Battlefield 3 images! Pc, Xbox and PS3, hell even Rage looks kinda better in the 360, Uncharted is the only game i Love regarding the exclusiveness in the PS3, PS2 ruled the last gen,Xbox this gen its sad to say that i know. But the GPU and the XDR ram is PS3 is Horrid, Love the Cell processor but they should have made a better architecture. the thing your mentioning is game getting better, of COURSE it will get better as the Engine and software its using is getting better,PS3 was maxed out with GOW3 and Uncharted, might be hard to swallow but accept it, every console gets maxed out regarding its hardware in between 3 to 4 years, the software and the engine improves.

      • travis marcum

        “But the GPU and the XDR ram is PS3 is Horrid”

        so true it made me lol, i have 2 ps3′s and 1 is broken. (yellow light)

      • http://www.facebook.com/Michael.Allen.Walker Michael A. Walker

        The PS3 is the hardest of the 3 to develop for, but it trust me it does have more power than an xbox. I blame the fact that most developers dont take the time to get the game right on the PS3 that is why games end up coming out looking average.

    • Roullex

      Bob you are right because gamers do not know if sony or microsoft might make more adjustments or features on their consoles.So indeed we will have to wait

  • iQuickScope15

    that would be cool for the ps4 but what is with the shape of it

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PF26QE46YGSFDLGNGD6VNPQV44 Raul

    the leap from pc gaming in 2000 to pc gaming in 2006 was huge.
    i dont see the same huge leap from 2006 to now.
    in fact i was a pc gamer, but since 2006 i see next to nothing a game that made go and build a ring.
    i did for starcraft 2 but was a 3 month affair.
    can anyone can really tell me about a game i missed, a pc game since 2006 that cant be played in xbox 360, i know i played a plethora of pc games in the first half of the last decade.
    i know the power of a $1500 ring is no match for a xbox 360, i truly know, but i enjoy more playing games in my large 55inch tv on the couch, than when i was in my pc days playing high resolution games in front of a tiny screen in the desk by keyboard and mouse.
    maybe thats why i enjoyed starcraft 2, but return in a flash to console gaming.