Wii U may accelerate new Xbox, Playstation — GameStop

A new Xbox and PlayStation won’t be touching shelves for another three years, GameStop expects; according to the retailer’s senior execs, the year will be 2014.

“Management does not expect new hardware consoles from Microsoft and Sony until 2014,” reads a statement from research firm Baird who is reporting on a series of investor meetings.

“However,” it continues, “a successful launch of Nintendo’s Wii U in 2012 could add pressure to accelerate a hardware refresh.”

Recent rumors (one, two) have put next-gen hardware reveals on 2012.

As for Sony’s upcoming handheld hardware, the PS Vita, GameStop is “upbeat.”

“GameStop is also upbeat on the coming launch of Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld gaming device, which has a $249 price-point within the reach of many gamers.”

Not as much for the Move though: “As for the motion controller [that] launched a year ago, management indicated more software is needed to maintain sales momentum.”