Adding to the abundance of Xbox 720 release rumours, analysts have suggested the Xbox 360 replacing console will touch down in early 2014
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.”
He added: "However, we do believe that Microsoft may be targeting a cheaper physical solution in an effort to get the initial price of the box down and speed up new console adoption, which would be bullish for software publishers."
Xbox 720 Rumours
A decade after Microsoft unveiled the first Xbox console a number of rumours had previously suggested the Seattle based tech powerhouse would official unveil its third-generation console, the heavily rumoured Xbox 720, during this year's E3 2012 gaming expo. These suggestions of a 2012 arrival were quelled by Microsoft’s French Marketing Director Cedrick Delmas who prior to E3 announced “there will be nothing new in 2012.”
Reported to feature a processor six times faster than its predecessor, with the next-gen console to hit stores with a price point considerably lower than previous console introductions, the Xbox 720 has been rumoured to be heading to launch with a controller similar to that of the Nintendo Wii 2 boasting an inbuilt screen.