With the Wii 2 likely to be announced in just a couple months, rumors have begun circulating on when we can expect a similar debriefing from the other two console manufacturers. Turns out, 2014. At least that’s what sources are telling Kotaku, although any successes from Nintendo in the next generation could force that deadline into 2013. Analysts see motion control efforts from both Microsoft and Sony as an attempt to stretch the current console generation long enough for most household budgets to recover from the recession. No information on what we can expect from said future consoles has been given, but feel free to speculate at will.
“Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they’re delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better,” commented one insider.
Another insider says that Microsoft “is wrestling with whether to be profitable on day one.”
“I think we’ll see a game of chicken between Sony and Microsoft,” industry analyst Billy Pidgeon of the firm M2 Research informed Kotaku. “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…If Nintendo does very well with the next console…Microsoft and Sony will quickly get a lot more serious about next generation.”
Is 2014 a good date for you to save up enough for the 8th console generation, E-Gs? Or do you think Nintendo’s Wii 2 will make this deadline evaporate? Predict in the comments section below!