If the latest rumours prove to be true, this year’s massive E3 games convention could be one of the biggest yet, as both Microsoft and Sony are said to be launching their next-gen games consoles.
Partners, executives, third parties and the ever-elusive “sources close to the matter” claim that the Xbox 360 successor (expected to be called the Xbox 720) and PlayStation 3 successor (AKA the PS4) are both debuting at the show, alongside the launch details of the previously-announced Wii U console from Nintendo.
In the shows 17 year history, never before have three hardware launches of such a massive size landed in such close proximity.
Though the Xbox 720 has long been rumoured to launch at the show, Sony’s early move would be a surprising one. Roughly 18 months younger than the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 is comparatively the new kid on the block of this console generation, leading many to think E3 2013 would be its successors launch pad.
Plenty for gamers to get excited for then; three new home games consoles, a new handheld in the shape of the PS Vita and Nintendo’s own 3DS handheld finally finding its feet, 2012 looks to be a bumper year in gaming.