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

By Alan Ng - Jul 19, 2011

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 From our point of view, the Xbox 360 and PS3 definitely do not feel outdated to us, and they still won’t at the same point next year, as there are plenty of first-party titles for each respective console to keep gamers busy for months,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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