It would seem that the war between gaming consoles will heat up further as multiple reports are suggesting that the big names within the videogame industry are already making headway with their new hardware. For Sony, there’s the PlayStation 4K (or it could be dubbed as PS 4.5), for Microsoft, they may release Xbox 1.5 to combat Sony’s efforts, and then there’s Nintendo’s highly anticipated next-gen console, the Nintendo NX. After following AMD’s latest financials, United States video game retail giant, GameStop, has joined in reports claiming that the launch of the aforementioned consoles is “imminent.”
Launch for Next-Generation Gaming Consoles is Imminent, GameStop Reports
Tony Bartel, GameStop COO, stated the following about the upcoming gaming consoles at the company’s investor and analysis briefing day in Texas that happened recently: “Although we have not modeled extensive growth for new innovation in this presentation, we are very pleased to see the introduction of technology like virtual reality and rumored new console launches, some of which seem imminent.”
There is a Question & Answer portion that followed, and the gaming retailer’s executives were asked if the COO’s comments were related to Nintendo NX, or other home gaming consoles such as the heavily rumored PlayStation 4K or the Xbox 1.5. Unfortunately, they refused to comment on that particular note.
Even though much of the information being placed into the Internet pertaining to the next-generation consoles are placed inside the rumor mill, it is all but obvious that we will see at least a couple of new consoles coming from gaming giants within the year. For one, the Nintendo NX is so heavily reported upon as there is already a potential games list, as well as possible specifications, that the only thing lacking is the official word from Nintendo itself. As for Sony’s PlayStation 4K, the Japanese tech giant is also keeping a tight lip for their plans on the next iteration of the hugely popular PS4. Microsoft, on the other hand, did speak against any incremental editions of the Xbox One. However, FCC filings have revealed that they are indeed working on a possible variant for the Xbox One, or what could also be an entirely new console.
Many are anticipating that at least one of these gaming companies will announce their new gaming consoles at this year’s E3 event. With all of the news going around pertaining to this topic, it makes us all wonder if Sony and Microsoft really have their customers’ best interest at heart. The Xbox One and the PS4 have both been released on the year 2013, and barely three years later, there are rampant rumors pertaining already to a next-generation console. It can make existing console owners frustrated as they would have to spend extra to get the new pieces of hardware.