The next Xbox and PlayStation consoles won’t be released until 2014, according to industry sources.
Speaking to Kotaku, sources say that both companies are hoping to wait out the current generation, despite Nintendo being expected to announce its new console this year.
“Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they’re delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better,” one insider told the site.
Other sources, speaking to Kotaku anonymously, said that they too are hearing that 2014 is the target date, though some believe 2013 could also be possible.
“I think we’ll see a game of chicken between Sony and Microsoft,” industry analyst Billy Pidgeon told 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.”
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