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Everyone knows that Sony and Microsoft are developing their next-gen consoles, but one thing is for certain, people have to wait for a few more years before they get their hands on the it. There is no chance that both these consoles will be released next year i.e 2013, however, they will be announced for sure next year for sure, via a private conference like Sony announced the Vita or at E3. Nintendo’s Wii U will be released this year, and contrary to most people’s beliefs that this will make Sony and Microsoft panic and release their systems early as possible, is in fact far-fetched.
There’s a lot of reasons for this. In spite of what Ubisoft says, most publishers would want this gen to continue for as long as it can because of one simple reason: Install base. The current PS3/360 install base which totals to nearly 130 million is very vital for software sales. Here are 10 reasons why we think it will launch in 2014.
1) PS3 and Xbox 720 have not hit the market penetration price point: You may know that there are a lot of rumours about a PS3 Super Slim which is supposed to accompanied with a price drop. Latest rumours peg this to as much as 99 pounds, which is the very definition of a market penetration price point. It makes no sense for Sony and Microsoft to release their successors unless they see how the market reacts to this price point.
2) Lots of third and first party games are set for 2013: The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension and Beyond: Two Souls from Sony, and plenty of third-party games that have been pushed to 2013 makes it certain that there’s not a chance of PS4 and Xbox 720 releasing even in the second-half of 2013.
3) Announcing the new consoles will make price drop ineffective: People in the main markets like US and EU won’t really care about the price drop and get a current gen console unless they are certain there is no PS4 and 720 in the horizon any time soon. Why buy a current gen console when its successor is going to be much better and will feature backwards compatibility of sorts?