Activision suggests only one NextGen console to be launched in 2013–Sony and Microsoft to fight it out


In Activision’s recent earnings call  CEO Bobby Kotick let slip an interesting titbit regarding next generation consoles in 2013.

“We can’t really talk too much about next generation console plans, but I think it’s safe to say you have a Wii U coming out and there will be another new console coming and we expect that they’ll be very successful,” Kotick said.

The Wii U will be coming out in 2012, and is at present not expected to set the world on fire, due disappointing performance and limited features, which only come close to current gen consoles released more than 7 years ago.

There are already strong rumours that the next Xbox will be released in Q4 2013, which may mean Microsoft will have the next crucial holiday season mostly to itself.

Of course there are also rumours of Sony introducing their next gen console at E3 next year.

Given that Microsoft launched a year before the PS3, and is closer to hitting the limits of its hardware, it does make more sense that they launch first once again.  On the other hand launching the PS4 first may be the best way to win back market share lost to the Xbox 360.

Which console do our readers think will launch first? Let us know below.


  • JohnCz

    Although I’m far more interested in what is next for the XBox platform I have a feeling that Sony will be the first out the door with a full on console.

  • GGlazer

    At E3 Sony seemed pretty negative to a PS4 coming out anytime soon. This is a quote from Jack Tretton CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.

    “We’ve never been first. We’ve never been cheapest. It’s about being the best. If you can build a better machine, and it’s going to come out a little bit later, that’s better than rushing something to market that’s going to run out of gas for the long term.

    Ideally, in a perfect world, you want the best machine that ships first, that’s cheapest. But the number one goal is to be the best machine, and that’s what we’re always focused on.”

    I’d be very skeptical that Sony has a release planned for next year, but then again Microsoft also implied that they didn’t have plans to release a new console next year either. I’d be very happy if there was a new Xbox next Christmas.

    • dan

      Whoever comes out last should always have the best machine though, cause they can just look at what the competitor is and add to it… Also tech advances so much in just 6 months…

      • Monkey D Black

        No it doesn’t work like that. it isn’t a PC where you can look at what the other guy puts in his machine and then change your plans according to that. these designs for consoles are sometimes 5 or 4 years old, you can’t just change something like that on the flip of a coin.

        • IIMurphaII

          Wouldn’t say 4 or 5 years old, but definitely past the main system design phase. Everything bar minor parts would most likely be finalized and sourced, a year from release. They’d be most liking setting up the production line.

  • p3ncilcase

    Simply put, I would not change to PS4 from Xbox in any case .. the MS ecosystem is becoming stronger all the time :)

    • NarcoSleepy

      I’m sure a lot of PS2 users said the same thing years ago 😉

      • TheOne2125

        PS2 had a totally intergrated ecosystem across PC,Mac, Mobile, Tablet and Business I guess I missed something.

        • NarcoSleepy

          [Arghh! Comment systems ate my comment!]
          What I meant was that, at the time, the PS2 was the undeniable king of the consoles, with many saying that they would never switch to the XBOX. Then came XBOX 360. TBH, I never owned a PS2, so I can’t say what kind of ecosystem it had other than claiming most of the AAA titles.

  • bAN01TgAZ

    Looking forward to ‘Xbox8’ for Xmas13 :-)

  • disqustingtard

    Sony Xbox. Makes perfect sense with greater economies of scale and less game development cost for higher margin.

  • Bloob

    I am not an MS fan, nor hater. I like Win 8 and WP8, but to dismiss Wii U is folly. It might not become a success, sure, but it does pack more punch than the current gen, and it has a very interesting & diverse controller for new types of experiences. I mean, I guess new CoD or BF with better graphics, shorter SP, and more confusing is MP, is fun and all, but as always, it is Nintendo which brings us new experiences.

  • darthtigris

    Considering current PS3 sales, the division’s lack of profitability and putting that next to where MS is and the Durango rumors, I’d bet all my money that he’s talking about the next Xbox. Interesting, though, that he doesn’t think that the PS4 will come out alongside it. Wonder if Sony’s financials are making a PS4 this soon a risky move for investors …