While more and more rumors are talking about the release of next-generation consoles, including the PlayStation 4 or the next Xbox, commonly known as the Xbox 720, games industry analyst Jesse Divnich believes we won’t even hear official announcements of these new devices.
While current consoles like the PS3 or Xbox 360 are here to stay, at least according to Sony or Microsoft, respectively, more and more industry insiders are talking about their successors, which should arrive soon enough, considering both devices are showing their age.
We’ve already heard plenty of rumors, some more probable than others, but it seems that the only new devices released in 2012 will be the PlayStation Vita, coming this February, and the Wii U, in the second half of 2012, at least according to EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich.
“Rumors continue to circulate about Microsoft or Sony releasing a new home console in 2012,” Divnich told Industry Gamers
“ Unfortunately, you can apply as much pressure to this thought, but it won't turn into a diamond. The Vita and Wii U will launch in 2012, but that is it.”
“Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 continue to deliver incredible profits to publishers, and given our industry's difficulty in transitioning to new hardware I don't believe Microsoft or Sony are under any pressure to release new platforms.”
Divnich even predicts that neither Sony nor Microsoft will even announce their next-generation plans in 2012, in order to keep customers interested in their current devices for as long as possible.
“I would even go so far as to say that I wouldn't even expect any official announcements of new hardware in 2012. Maybe we'll witness some credible rumors, but I wouldn't expect a company driven announcement to be made.”
As you can see, while rumors will continue to float around on the web, next-generation consoles are still quite far away.