If there’s only one thing we know for sure about the Xbox 720 and the PlayStation 4 it is this – you can bet your bottom dollar on a release date for both before the end of the year.
The web as a whole is literally overflowing with hearsay and speculation as to what the two gaming heavyweights have in store next time around, with sources the world over having their own opinions on specs, features and launch dates – educated and otherwise.
Microsoft has reportedly been working on the next-generation Xbox 720 since 2010, which could very well hit the market later this year under the name of the Durango. The PlayStation 4 from Sony on the other hand had already become a household name under the handle of Orbis.
Keeping up with the hype is a difficult job to say the least, but by reading between the lines and identifying patterns where they occur, we can at least draw a few reasonable conclusions.
For example, the most obvious and perhaps respectable guess of all would be for both consoles to be announced and unveiled at E3, with release dates to follow in the weeks immediately afterwards. However, chatter is gathering by the day suggesting that the PlayStation 4 and/or the Xbox 720 may have been penciled in for release dates as imminent as March – both of which by way of dedicated launch events by their respective creators.
On the other hand, those looking at the matter from a strictly logical standpoint are once again highlighting the likelihood of October or November launches, in order to capitalize on the strength of Holiday season sales.
As for costs, chances are that the pair will hit the market for around $400 each or perhaps as low as $350, putting both in line with the previous launch of the Xbox 360 though significantly lower than the $500+ asked for the PS3 upon its launch in 2006.