Rumor: Could next Xbox launch by end of 2012?

The past week has been full of rumors and stories about when Microsoft and Sony might launch the next versions of their game consoles. One rumor said that Microsoft and Sony would at least announce their next-generation game consoles at E3 2012 in June, perhaps as a way to take away some of the attention from Nintendo's Wii U, which was shown at E3 2011 and is scheduled to launch sometime before the end of 2012.

Now IndustryGamers.com reports that they have contacted what they call "a well connected source" who claims that at least one, if not both, of Microsoft and Sony's successors to the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 could actually be released to the market by the end of 2012, rather than by the end of 2013 as most industry insiders have predicted. The unnamed source said:

The 'trick' to these rumors is not the console manufacturers themselves, but rather the chip makers. All indications from them are that things change significantly (ie next generation) come November of this year. As such, it has been my presumption since the middle of this past year that we would see new boxes in the market for Christmas of 2012.

We personally doubt that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will all release their next generation game console hardware by the end of this year. However, Microsoft did launch the Xbox 360 in 2005, a mere four years after the launch of the original Xbox. It's a long shot but it's possible that Microsoft could spoil Nintendo's Wii U launch plans and launch the next Xbox ahead of the predictions of the industry prognosticators.

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I'd rather wait. The 360 still has a lot of life left in it and I'd rather wait and see technology with movie CGI-like graphics.

patseguin said,
I'd rather wait. The 360 still has a lot of life left in it and I'd rather wait and see technology with movie CGI-like graphics.

You will be waiting a long, long time then. CGI like graphics are literally 100's of computers in a farm rendering out one frame at a time to make an entire scene for a movie. While we may eventually get there one day, to have the processing power it would take to move those types of visuals at a playable 30 FPS, as I said we are years and years off from that.

I would be happy with all games being proper 1080p HD myself with the next generation.

MistaT40 said,
2012 launch - highliy doubtful. I believe late 2013/early 2014 will be more realistic

grrrr

so us PC user would have to suck up **** gfx and all for extended period of time
just becuz

I think we would already be hearing stuff (from Sony and Microsoft) if there was really a fourth-quarter 2012 launch imminent.

they got way to much of a market atm to suddenly introduce a new console, im finding hard to see what they could do for me when my 360 allready streams what i watch unless they can improve on it 10 fold

So if the "next gen" chips become available in November of this year, he seriously believes the console will release a month or so later

Riggers said,
So if the "next gen" chips become available in November of this year, he seriously believes the console will release a month or so later

Yes, actually the PC graphics card that the current Xbox 360 is related to (Radeon X1900) came out after the 360 was released.

dagamer34 said,

Yes, actually the PC graphics card that the current Xbox 360 is related to (Radeon X1900) came out after the 360 was released.

His point is that they will not be able to commence mass production to satisfy consumer demand within two months from the chips release.

I think it's possible but highly unlikely because of certain titles that will be released near the end of 2012. Games like Halo 4, BioShock Infinite, and Borderlands 2.

Anaron said,
I think it's possible but highly unlikely because of certain titles that will be released near the end of 2012. Games like Halo 4, BioShock Infinite, and Borderlands 2.

I have to agree. There are too many heavy hitters that would be targeting next gen hardware already if this were true.

Wow, now we can really chose which
-rumored
-"analysed"
-denied
year to believe in personally, it's free for all!
Every year has one of the above now.

My bet's on 2043, simply because I create a new rumor and a new candidate is born, analysts? Come to my side and spin the story so my guesstimation fits into a "rough scheme"!

GS:ios

Glassed Silver said,
Wow, now we can really chose which
-rumored
-"analysed"
-denied
year to believe in personally, it's free for all!
Every year has one of the above now.

My bet's on 2043, simply because I create a new rumor and a new candidate is born, analysts? Come to my side and spin the story so my guesstimation fits into a "rough scheme"!

GS:ios

Well Said!