Will the PS4 and the next Xbox get announced in March?

For several months, the consensus among the video game industry is that Sony and Microsoft would wait until E3 2013 in June, or shortly before E3, to officially reveal their next generation successors to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 game consoles. Now a new report claims that Microsoft and Sony may buck tradition and reveal their next game consoles several months beforehand.

Videogamer.com reports that the latest print issue of Game Informer magazine claims, via unnamed sources, that Sony and Microsoft will both hold "special Apple-style press conferences" in March for the first official looks at their next generation game consoles. The article claims that the events will be close to the 2013 edition of the Game Developers Conference, which is being held in San Fransisco on March 25-29.

If true, this would be a departure from how Microsoft and Sony announced their current generation game consoles. Microsoft announced the Xbox 360 a few days before E3 2005 and Sony also announced the Playstation 3 during E3 2005; Nintendo revealed both the Wii and the new Wii U as part of its E3 activities.

However, it's not unknown to have a game console get its first official reveal during GDC. Bill Gates famously announced that Microsoft was entering the game console business in March 2000 during a speech at GDC, although the final design of the Xbox itself was not revealed until CES 2001.

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Don't forget a lot of people bought the PS3 as a cheap Blu-ray player. I would like to see the game attach rate of these consoles.

Simmo3D said,
Don't forget a lot of people bought the PS3 as a cheap Blu-ray player. I would like to see the game attach rate of these consoles.

better on the 360.
You can easily steal games for PS3.

The launch price won't be a big deal, though, for the next Xbox. Why? Because they'll fully unleash the installment plan they piloted with the 360 late in it's life. $99 with a $15/month installment for 2 years for XBL and the console. People will be all over that.

i'm really excited. some of the load times on the xbox are just too long. its gotten to a point where even such small wait times are unacceptable.

I'm not talking about loading games, i'm talking about things like opening the guide, exiting a game to go to the home screen, or opening netflix

I'm pretty sure from the leaked documents that you will be able to use any Windows 8+ Device as a companion or a client with the Xbox 720 as a server. The Xbox will have a separate CPU/GPU for it's Media capabilities (VLC/Netflix/YouTube/LiveTC/PVR/DVR/etc)

Is it true that the next Xbox will have the ability to act as a gaming server for any connected Windows Device (Tablet/Phone/Laptop/PC)... So U can play the latest games on weaker hardware over the network?

deadonthefloor said,
Nope, MajorNelson's countdown clock is to E3.

I say this is a pack of LIES!!!!!!

Yah, I don't really see why they should do it before E3.
I could see them having private conferences earlier... but beyond that I think the reveal to consumers should be E3, the way it should be.

Just give me proper 100% 1080p gaming and I would be happy. I am fed up of the upscaled crap tricks the debs do because the current consoles are underpowered.

Hope the blu-ray stays for another generation. I have plenty of blue-ray titles which would go waste.

I do not think Blu-Ray is going anywhere anytime soon. If anything Sony will allow a firmware upgrade for 4k upgrade (or will have a media drive that supports both) to seperate themselves from Microsoft.

sanke1 said,
Just give me proper 100% 1080p gaming and I would be happy. I am fed up of the upscaled crap tricks the debs do because the current consoles are underpowered.

Hope the blu-ray stays for another generation. I have plenty of blue-ray titles which would go waste.

Lets hope for the true 1080p, but hey... id think it would be there, it is 2013 after all.

bviktor said,
Bluray has not future (never had), but ofc these consoles will have it merely for compatibility's sake.

We are short of alternatives, A blu-ray could holds over 20gb of information and it is anything but funny to download 20gb from the "cloud".

1) You can segmentate the download and start gaming while the rest is downloaded.
2) Downloading is already faster than going to a shop, buying your stuff and bringing it home. Or if you order it, it's even more obvious.
3) Transmitting over the internet is MUCH more economic than physical media.
4) Bandwidth and storage grows much faster than the size of games.

iTunes + YouTube killed the audio CD, Netflix killed DVD and BR video. Maybe not yet in developing markets, but that's just a matter of time. Physical media is just impractical and completely unnecessary. A big waste of resources, money, and even space on your shelves. Gaming will follow, you can quote me on that.

It was obvious right from the start that BR had no future. Sony and the other advocates kept saying that you NEED it, but of course they failed to convince the masses, they are just not THAT dumb. Not even in the dumbest market (yes, the USA). I have lots of friends, but the ONLY one who has a BR player lives in Canada and he happens to own a PS3. None here in Europe. That pretty much sums it up. Oh, and in my workplace we support something like 300 people, most of them are working with PCs, yet, we only ordered a BR player just now, not because we need it, merely for "just in case". But of course we haven't used it, and it's unlikely we ever will. There's just no real use case for BR, you can just use a 32 GB pendrive, it's faster, more convenient and way more flexible.

Edited by bviktor, Jan 15 2013, 8:54pm :

PS3 is a great console but, with all that processing power, it's absurd how the XMB feels slow. I think the next generation will focus not only on the power of the hardware, but more in the integration. Sharing status and achievements in Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, and allowing ppl to play with players on other hardware, like PS4+PSVita, XBOX+Surface/WP8/PC. Microsoft will probably still use Kinect, but I don't see PS Move going any further.

Filipe Ribeiro said,
PS3 is a great console but, with all that processing power, it's absurd how the XMB feels slow. I think the next generation will focus not only on the power of the hardware, but more in the integration. Sharing status and achievements in Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, and allowing ppl to play with players on other hardware, like PS4+PSVita, XBOX+Surface/WP8/PC. Microsoft will probably still use Kinect, but I >
don't see PS Move going any further.

I especially hate how long it takes for the Xbox Guide to show up and load. Takes about 2 seconds EVERY TIME, even when you're not ingame.

Jarrichvdv said,

I especially hate how long it takes for the Xbox Guide to show up and load. Takes about 2 seconds EVERY TIME, even when you're not ingame.

Never really noticed the wait time being that long
Though I do agree that some things on the xbox dashboard along with the guide could load faster. It would benefit from software updates as well as hardware updates in the nextbox.

hardware wise the ps3 couldn't utilize its power... the graphics card on the xbox was superior... the architecture of the xbox was greater than ps3 overall... think about multitasking... something the ps 3 couldn't do but the xbox has been doing since first gen.

I'm thinking they'll introduce crappy intro models no one will want to advertise a low price, then charge hundreds more for models you'll actually want to use. I think Sony better get this one right as an owner of PS3 I haven't been happy about ANYTHING with this console and am not even considering buying another PS unless it's MUCH better than M$.

Those cheapo models are for the more casual people... there's ****loads more of those than the hardcore (I laugh when I use hardcore in this context) console gamers.

get PSN+, makes the PS3 much more worth its money.

I trully wonder why people moan and b*tch about the PS3 when you get 6 full free PS3 games a month for 50 bucks a freaking year. (oh and another 6 if you also have a Vita, giving you 12 full games a month).

There is NO console with a better deal.

I have a feeling they will and the Xbox will be $499 and the ps4 will be $699 both will have great hardware but serious overheating issues with **** poor cooling. And loud cheap bluray drives.

TurboShrimp said,
I have a feeling they will and the Xbox will be $499 and the ps4 will be $699 both will have great hardware but serious overheating issues with **** poor cooling. And loud cheap bluray drives.

I think the 1 Billion charge was enough for MS to make sure it won't happen again, lol...
I'd bet on it not doing anything that you listed.

auziez said,

I think the 1 Billion charge was enough for MS to make sure it won't happen again, lol...
I'd bet on it not doing anything that you listed.

Well Microsoft is still using ****ty DVD drives. As soon as the warranty ran out, my Jasper 360's DVD drive sometimes won't read discs and my friend's 360 slim had its drive take a **** before Christmas, having owned it less than 2yrs.

Companies will always use the cheapest **** they can find, even if they know they'll have to replace some.

Would be nice to actually see some legit info on the new XBOX that's for sure.
Just to settle the curiosity anyways, I already assume it'll be awesome.

Play station lost their hold in the US and UK... And in the next gen battle Microsoft may finally kill them off... They xbox out performs the PS in features and update... Hardware wise they have their advantages. This battle waiting to erupt will be the most interesting. I trust Microsoft to finally show the kinnect usability.

benalvino said,
Play station lost their hold in the US and UK... And in the next gen battle Microsoft may finally kill them off... They xbox out performs the PS in features and update... Hardware wise they have their advantages. This battle waiting to erupt will be the most interesting. I trust Microsoft to finally show the kinnect usability.

Worldwide the PS3 is still ahead both in sales and in available services - despite launching after the X360. To be honest I don't know any features (aside Kinect) the X360 has that the PS3 doesn't?

the ps 3 might have sold more worldwide... but most sales doesn't generate revenue for them... as you can see cross platform games always sell more on 360... most because there are ps 3 that are running as blu ray players or hacked and running free games.

Ambroos said,

Worldwide the PS3 is still ahead both in sales and in available services - despite launching after the X360. To be honest I don't know any features (aside Kinect) the X360 has that the PS3 doesn't?

I think he was referring to the ps3 hardware having a little more then the xbox. Something that stands out most to me is really only the BR player - which to say the least hasn't made me wipe off the dust to play it.

deadonthefloor said,

The reason XBL Gold will never be free.
A paid for, curated service has the resources to monitor for this sort of activity.

Allot of people complain about having to pay for Gold, but in all honesty... I don't mind paying it for what I get in return.

Ambroos said,

Worldwide the PS3 is still ahead both in sales and in available services - despite launching after the X360. To be honest I don't know any features (aside Kinect) the X360 has that the PS3 doesn't?

Avatars, cross channel chat, XMB actually gets updated, party play, multiple user sky tv viewing, a profile system that's not a joke, ingame mods, netflix native silverlight player, need i go on?

Dermot said,

Avatars, cross channel chat, XMB actually gets updated, party play, multiple user sky tv viewing, a profile system that's not a joke, ingame mods, netflix native silverlight player, need i go on?

Yep, that's something I like about buying from Microsoft. At least in terms of gaming.

The xbox I bought is a completely different xbox, even though the underlying hardware is basically the same. With playstation, and Nintendo... The changes you get are minimal.


Oh my god, you get avatars?!?!?! Now its totally worth buying XBL.

I got PSN+, know what i get? free games, Mortal Kombat, Uncharted, and many more ful games each and every month.

This and this alone burns down XBL to the ground.

Shadowzz said,

Oh my god, you get avatars?!?!?! Now its totally worth buying XBL.

I got PSN+, know what i get? free games, Mortal Kombat, Uncharted, and many more ful games each and every month.

This and this alone burns down XBL to the ground.

Really? free games? hey I bet we would get free games if our service went down for a long time and info was stolen. We have rewards, you know for getting the games we actually want, and Gamerscore. Pair that with actually being able to play with friends you know - but I can let this one go for different locales.

I can go on for a long. long. time about features that the xbox 360 comes with that are superior to Nintendo and ps3. But to be fair allot of these were added in its life cycle - oh wait that makes it more compelling. Microsoft is willing to invest more into its platform over its life, not just initially.

I could also go on about Move, but really... everyone should know about that.

The xbox 360 I bought back in 2006 feels like a whole different console when I turn it on, can you say the same? This is why the 360 is now selling more.

PS: Games are now not only what makes a console sell, not even close. I would say people are using consoles more and more for media then games nowadays, like myself. So if all you have is free games, then sorry but im not going to wipe the dust off mine.

Its funny people talking up the Xbox 360 etc

I was only looking at figures just the other day and the PS3 has now gone past the Xbox360 and REMEMBER the Xbox had a year head start lmao
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