Xbox 720 release date coming spring 2014 says analyst
Adding to the abundance of Xbox 720 release rumours, analysts have suggested the Xbox 360 replacing console will touch down in early 2014
Microsoft Xbox turns 10
Originally hoped to be heading for an E3 2012 unveiling, new reports have suggested Microsoft’s eagerly awaited next-generation console, the heavily rumoured Xbox 720, will hit stores during spring of 2014.
A sad ommission for the LA convention halls for yet another year, Microsoft's next-generation gamer and inevitable Wii U rival has been the thing of rumour and speculation for over a year with games analyst Michael Pachter now suggesting that it would "make more sense" for Microsoft to avoid the hotly tipped pre-Christmas 2013 release and target a sping 2014 arrival.
"If I were a betting man (and I am), I would say a spring 2014 launch makes more sense," Pachter said, adding: "hard core Xbots could get a console without having to compete with moms buying gifts at holiday, and it is likely that they won't manufacture more than a few million units for launch."
Offering a potential insight into the working of the next-gen console, Pachter added: "It's pretty clear to me that Microsoft intends to allow the Xbox 720 to function as a cable TV box, allowing cable television service providers to broadcast over the Internet through the box, with SmartGlass as the remote controller, and with the Xbox 720 using Windows 8 to split the TV signal into multiple feeds, allowing consumers to divert different channel feeds to different displays within the home."
Although confident in his claims, Pachter's remarks land amidst a swarm of predictions all suggesting the Xbox 360 follow-on will land in time for next year's lucrative holiday period.
"Although not yet confirmed by Microsoft, we believe the next generation Xbox console could launch in the fall of 2013," Cowan & Company analyst Doug Creutz said recently. He added: "We believe a digital-only next-gen Xbox is unlikely given risks to both Microsoft's market share and the gaming ecosystem as a whole from any attempt to kill used games.”