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

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 From our point of view, the Xbox 360 and PS3 definitely do not feel outdated to us, and they still won’t at the same point next year, as there are plenty of first-party titles for each respective console to keep gamers busy for months,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

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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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.… Read more »

iQuickScope15
iQuickScope15

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

Bob
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… Read more »

Raskilinov
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… Read more »

jswalker95
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

Anonymous
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… Read more »

Anonymous
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… Read more »

Anonymous
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… Read more »

Bob

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

Daryl Williams

sooner the better

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