There Is No Rush for a New Xbox Or PS4

April 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

No next generation Microsoft and Sony consoles until 2014? Sounds like cause for celebration. Here are my thoughts as to why…



There Is No Rush for a New Xbox Or PS4

An interesting news story emerged this week that received little attention: next generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles may not arrive until 2014. There was no backlash, no angry complaints, no rushed company statements. Yes tech doesn’t always have to evolve at the speed of light to stay relevant…

The news story came from gaming website Kotaku. “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 Kotaku’s source. This was backed up by ‘other sources with access to first-party companies’ who also disclosed 2014 to be the target date, though some believe it could be late 2013 “if their company feels pushed”.

Taken at face value this news could annoy. Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 in 2005, a year when ‘Million Dollar Baby’ won best picture at the Oscars (It should have been ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’), the PSP had just hit the market, Windows Mobile 5 was the cutting edge smartphone platform of choice and the Guitar Hero franchise was unleashed upon the world. Sony launched the PS3 in 2006 when ‘Crash’ took the Oscar nod, Facebook launched outside the college community and everyone thought this was an iPhone.

Since then both consoles have sold over 50m units and the technology sector has changed radically. So why do Microsoft and Sony think they can get away with still selling the same old hardware? In short: because they can. READ ON

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