An insider claims that both Microsoft and Sony will be holding out until they have ‘milked’ the current generation of consoles.
Industry insiders, via Kotaku, are claiming that the next crop of consoles from Microsoft and Sony will not arrive before the year 2014 at the least.
According to one insider, Microsoft and Sony are waiting out the current generation of consoles, in order to reap as much benefit as they can before they move ahead.
“Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they’re delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better,” said the insider who has worked with first party companies.
Another source also agrees with the 2014 launch window, but said that either of the companies could push for a 2013 release should one or the other feel pressured.
According to the main source, Microsoft will only be releasing a different Xbox SKU in 2013, which will have the motion-sensor camera Kinect built into the Xbox 360. Apparently, Microsoft is “wrestling with whether to be profitable on day one,” or launch a whole new console at a loss as the usual strategy demands.
As expected, analysts have jumped on the story, pitching in their thoughts on the matter.
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes that the slow economy is one of the main reasons why Sony and Microsoft are not looking to release a new console any time soon.
“I don’t think either Sony or Microsoft are interested in a new console till they can advance the technology, and they certainly don’t want to launch at a $600 price point,” he said. “It may take till 2014 to get 2TB hard drives, uber fast CPUs and state-of-the art graphics and sell at $400.”
Nintendo is rumored to release a Wii successor in 2012, believed to have specs that outclasses both Xbox 360 and PS3 in performance. If both of these rumors stand to be true, it will give Nintendo a 2 year advantage which could be prove to be difficult for both Microsoft and Sony to overcome.