We are pretty much know for sure that the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft exist, but there’s always niggling feeling in the back of our mind that it’s all a big ruse.
Yes, there have been leaked memos and job listing that have given the game away, but any tech fan knows to take most developments with a pinch of salt.
With launch date estimates being pushed back further and further, you’d be forgiven for giving up all hope of a release.
PS4 and Xbox 720 confirmed?
But it looks like we can all rest a little easier now, as the two consoles have had their existence confirmed by EA Labels President Frank Gibeau.
Speaking at Gamescom 2012 in Germany, Gibeau excited gamers by saying that he had “seen both of them.”
As part of his keynote speech at the gaming industry expo, Gibeau told attendees that the world of gaming has changed beyond recognition in recent years.
“Ten years ago we used to measure our market in terms of 200 million people. Now we are at a billion people playing games and we have a straight line view on 2 billion,”
When will we see the Xbox 720 and PS4?
With Gibeau saying he has seen the next-gen consoles, you’d think that they might be close to completion. But neither Microsoft nor Sony will want to rush what will be a pivotal product for both companies.
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The general consensus is that the Xbox will make an appearance first, possibly at E3 2013, though this could all change.
The PS4, on the other hand, could still be a long way off. Some analysts have said that Sony has too much of a good thing going with the PS3 to even think about a next-gen release before 2014.
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