This one has the net on fire, with rumors that both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720 will make their debuts at E3 2012. The rumors are apparently based on the fact that Sony has informed third-party developers that its next console will not be behind its competition. This seems to fall in line with comments made by PlayStation’s European boss, Jim Ryan, who said late last year that it would be “undesirable” for the PS4 to come out “significantly later” than its competitors. It’s been the best non-secret of the past few months Microsoft was ramping up to unveil their new console at E3. It’s a good assumption because the gaming landscape has changed a lot and I don’t know if either Microsoft or Sony would have the luxury to be a year or so behind the other. Gamers have learned that these companies aren’t loyal to them and they are less loyal to both brands in return.
If the rumors hold true, it would mark the first time in E3 history that three brand new consoles all made their debut like this and could be compared head to head so early. But don’t get your hopes up too much just yet because the consensus is that we wouldn’t get any specific pricing or launch details for either console at E3. Honestly, I don’t think we need new consoles at this point and I would hope that neither console would make its debut before late 2013 at the earliest. It’s not that I’m not a fan of new consoles, but new consoles like these will come with new console prices and I think that does a disservice to a lot of folks. The PS3 and 360 ecosystems are strong right now, introducing new and more expensive consoles could really damage that, especially if they come in around the $599 range.
So am I the only person that thinks that we don’t need new consoles just yet, that both consoles still have a decent amount of life left in them? I mean let’s be honest about this, only a select few developers get anywhere near maxing out the current gen hardware (Naughty Dog, Sony, Bungie, etc). Everybody else has room to grow.