Xbox 720 and PS4 set for March 2013 reveal, avoiding bustle of E3 and GDC for independent events

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Xbox-720-and-PlayStation-4.jpgIt’s been one of the longest waits between ever experienced between the launches of new gaming hardware generations, but a new report suggests that the Xbox 720 and PS4 consoles could be given grand unveilings far sooner than expected.

Sony and Microsoft have been rumoured to be preparing their new consoles for summer launch events at the E3 annual gaming conference, but Game Informer is now reporting that earlier around this coming March may be the likely time for the events to take place.

And though March also holds the Game Developers Conference, it is thought that both companies will opt to hold their own independent events to reveal their coming wares, rather than be seen as a cog in a larger show.

“Both companies want to give their systems their own limelight,” reads the report, adding:

“That doesn’t mean E3 won’t be without its surprises. Next-gen games will be announced at the convention in preparation for the systems’ release at the end of the year.”

However, Microsoft have posted a countdown online in order to build hype around their E3 offering, suggesting that the big reveal will come around that time instead.

Personally, I’d be happy to see the consoles break cover earlier than E3: it’d give gamers a good chance to weigh up the pros and cons of each before committing cash at a likely Christmas 2013 launch, while giving games developers the chance for valuable feedback from critics and consumers alike.

Gerald Lynch

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  • It’s about time I start seeing some action on this. The Wii U is the only 8th generation console revealed yet is already released. I have a Wii U console at home since I was amazed by what it could do. Ouya is an android based console on it’s way to retail this Spring. I should say Ouya is the only other console besides Wii U revealed already for 8th generation. Microsoft, Sony, & Nintendo are going to compete with Valve & Nvidia over their respective Steambox & Shield consoles. Microsoft & Sony’s best bet would be to reveal their consoles by this March & detail them some more at E3. I predict Sony will reveal & release it’s Playstation 4 before Microsoft reveals & releases it’s Xbox 720. Destination Playstation is from Frbruary 25-28 & this is Sony’s opportunity to reveal PS4. I predict Sony will release PS4 by October & Microsoft will release Xbox 720 by either November or December. This better be the case cause I don’t know how long game developers can hold on to aging 7th generation consoles past 2013. My prediction is Playstation 3 & PSP will last until 2015 while other 7th generation consoles(Xbox 360, Wii, & DS) will last until 2016 though I feel the Wii & DS will be discontinued months earlier than Xbox 360. Playstation 2 has already been discontinued & it was the last 6th generation console. This happened 1.5 months after the Wii U was released. The 3DS & Vita were already on markets as of 2011 & 2012 respectively, when some games were still being ported to PS2. What usually happens when consoles reach the end of their life span is less & less games get released for it per capita & eventually it retires. With Valve, Ouya, & Nvidia challenging Nintendo, Sony, & Microsoft this adds six competitors to the 8th generation, doubling the previous one of having only three(Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft). If it’s necessary to delay console releases to improve it’s quality, then it’s worth it but that would be a rare occurence(ex. Bioshock Infinite). Otherwise, it’s very likely these consoles would see a release date by Q4. The question of Valve Steambox & Nvidia Shield release dates remain somewhat of a mystery but I assume their respective release dates could be next year but the possibility of a holiday release is likely.

  • It's about time I start seeing some action on this. The Wii U is the only 8th generation console revealed yet is already released. I have a Wii U console at home since I was amazed by what it could do. Ouya is an android based console on it's way to retail this Spring. I should say Ouya is the only other console besides Wii U revealed already for 8th generation. Microsoft, Sony, & Nintendo are going to compete with Valve & Nvidia over their respective Steambox & Shield consoles. Microsoft & Sony's best bet would be to reveal their consoles by this March & detail them some more at E3. I predict Sony will reveal & release it's Playstation 4 before Microsoft reveals & releases it's Xbox 720. Destination Playstation is from Frbruary 25-28 & this is Sony's opportunity to reveal PS4. I predict Sony will release PS4 by October & Microsoft will release Xbox 720 by either November or December. This better be the case cause I don't know how long game developers can hold on to aging 7th generation consoles past 2013. My prediction is Playstation 3 & PSP will last until 2015 while other 7th generation consoles(Xbox 360, Wii, & DS) will last until 2016 though I feel the Wii & DS will be discontinued months earlier than Xbox 360. Playstation 2 has already been discontinued & it was the last 6th generation console. This happened 1.5 months after the Wii U was released. The 3DS & Vita were already on markets as of 2011 & 2012 respectively, when some games were still being ported to PS2. What usually happens when consoles reach the end of their life span is less & less games get released for it per capita & eventually it retires. With Valve, Ouya, & Nvidia challenging Nintendo, Sony, & Microsoft this adds six competitors to the 8th generation, doubling the previous one of having only three(Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft). If it's necessary to delay console releases to improve it's quality, then it's worth it but that would be a rare occurence(ex. Bioshock Infinite). Otherwise, it's very likely these consoles would see a release date by Q4. The question of Valve Steambox & Nvidia Shield release dates remain somewhat of a mystery but I assume their respective release dates could be next year but the possibility of a holiday release is likely.

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