While it sounds like Nintendo are ramping up their next console for release in 2012, both Sony and Microsoft have been clear in saying that they won’t be launching any new systems for a good few years still. Kotaku may well have zoned in on a more specific window though; the site is backing trusted sources on saying that a new PlayStation and a new Xbox are going to be hitting in 2014.
One source says: “Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they’re delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better,” while others have said that new consoles may launch in 2013 if either company feels rushed. Some even suggest a new Xbox model with built-in Kinect before the true Xbox successor arrives.
Industry analyst Billy Pidgeon told the site: “I think we’ll see a game of chicken between Sony and Microsoft. Sony definitely isn’t launching a successor before 2014 and could stand to benefit by having Microsoft launch first as PS3 builds in to North America and builds a strong position in Europe. Microsoft claims there’s a lot more room in Xbox 360 for developers to max out, but here PS3 could have a strong advantage.”
At the end of the day, it’s a sign of the end of this generation just talking about all of this. It may still be some ways off, but it’s certainly time to start thinking about what might be possible in the next generation of consoles.