With no showing at E3 this year, which was entirely expected, the launch date for the next-gen Xbox is anyone’s guess at the moment.
Plenty of experts, industry analysts and even those with just a passing interest have been doing just that – guessing, speculating and debating.
Of course, we’re still no closer to an answer, with estimates ranging from an incredibly optimistic Christmas 2012 release to a far more likely Christmas 2013 release.
Everyone and their granny seems to have an opinion on this, and industry analyst Michael Pachter is no different.
Xbox 720 release prediction
The outspoken analyst is never too far from the tech world headlines with his bold and often controversial opinions on anything and everything in the gaming industry.
In his latest prediction, Pachter has said that the Xbox 720 won’t see the light of day until spring 2014, claiming that this release time would “make more sense”.
Speaking to x360 magazine, Pachter claims that Microsoft will intentionally try to avoid the pre-holiday rush with its next console.
“If I were a betting man, and I am, I would say a spring 2014 launch makes more sense, since hard core Xbots could get a console without having to compete with mums buying gifts at holiday, and it is likely that they won’t manufacture more than a few million units for launch,” he said.
Xbox 720 more than a console
It’s an interesting, albeit slightly disappointing prediction. With the Xbox 360 still selling very well, Microsoft is unlikely to spoil the party before it has got everything it possibly can out of the current console.
So the 2014 release date is certainly a possibility, and that wasn’t the only prediction that Pachter made. He also claimed that the next-gen Xbox would be a home entertainment system, with a console included.
As more people turn to the internet and on-demand content services, Pachter believes the Xbox 720 will function as a cable TV box with broadcasters providing services directly through the console.
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