Microsoft could 'delay Xbox 720 launch to spring 2014' - Pachter

"In order to accommodate overwhelming demand among hardcore gamers"

Microsoft and Sony have been heavily tipped to launch Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 in time for Christmas 2013, but industry analyst Michael Pachter has suggested the former could wait until spring 2014 to enter the next gen race.

The Wedbush analyst said in a research note distributed today: "We still have no indication of specs, timing or pricing for the Wii U, which is slated to launch some time before year-end, but Nintendo will announce launch date and price next week, with a price point of $299 - 349 likely.


"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."

Interestingly, the boss of the world's biggest specialist games retailer said this week he doesn't expect both Xbox 720 and PS4 to launch in 2013. "I'm getting a lot of rumors that are very interesting about 2013," GameStop CEO Paul Raines said.

"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 rumors change every week, but we're hearing more about next year."

EA Labels president Frank Gibeau suggested last week that Xbox 720 and PS4 are due to launch "in about a year's time". More recently, he labelled next gen consoles the company's currently making games for "spectacular".