While it seems a long way off, you have to remember that we are approaching 2012 at a fair speed. 2013 is really not that far away, but will it drag the Xbox “720” in toe? Multiple sources seem to think it is a possibility.
Develop, a magazine that spans Digital, Print and various apps, has been told that Microsoft could be working towards an Q3-Q4 2013 launch for its successor to the Xbox 360.
The sources are varied, from Middleware firms to Chip manufacturers, all coming together to point at a reveal at E3 2013. It wouldn’t be the first time Microsoft has surprised us with a console just months before launch. However, Develop states that an early 2014 release still remains a plausible.
Further sources have come forward, saying that an EA studio has an early version of the next Xbox tech in its possession and that Lionhead is working on Fable Next, which will launch on the new console. Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 is likely to be ready before 2014; all pointing to a general date in 2013. We think.
Microsoft and EA declined to comment on the rumours and speculation, not that we were expecting them to confirm anything.