Another week goes by as we get closer to the Wii U launch. This week has been pretty eventful when you consider the amount of news and rumours that have come out, and you can check them all out below.
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes next-gen consoles namely the PS4 and Xbox 720 could be delayed till 2014.
“We have heard no word yet from Microsoft or Sony about their plans to launch new consoles, but both manufacturers are widely expected to launch consoles by year-end 2013. Although we believe that Microsoft could delay a new console launch until spring of 2014 in order to accommodate what is certain to be overwhelming demand among hardcore gamers.”
A new rumour on Semiaccurate gives a lot of weight to Pachter’s prediction.
“Sources on the supply chain side of the console world tell SemiAccurate that there is some slack in the production schedule, six to eight weeks of delay would be possible before the launch would have to be pushed back. That meshes well with what SemiAccurate knows about silicon production times and ODM capabilities. Microsoft insiders tell us that the planned launch date is September 2013, and that is not changing without heads rolling internally.”
Bioshock Infinite Confirmed for Wii U, Development Begins After PS3/XBox 360 Release
“It happened during publisher Take Two’s recent earnings call, wherein the company confirmed a BioShock Infinite Wii U version. They also noted that the game will begin development after the release of the XBox 360 and PS3 fans. So all you first person shooter-RPG hybrid fans on the Wii U (of which there are undoubtedly millions) will have to wait that much longer.”
Gamestop: Only one next-gen (PS4, Xbox 720) console to launch in 2014
“We have not been expecting two more consoles in 2013. We’re expecting Wii U this holiday, another one next year, and another one in ’14. These rumours change every week, but we’re hearing more about next year.”
That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for our next news and rumour round-up.