Xbox 720 a 'very hot, compelling device' says GameStop

CEO Paul Raines says "the world is going to stand up and take notice" when Microsoft announces new machine.

GameStop CEO Paul Raines is optimistic about the still-unannounced Xbox 720. Speaking with Games Industry International, the executive said the platform will draw the attention of gamers worldwide when Microsoft decides to announce it.

"We've been spending a lot of time with Microsoft, but we have to let them take the lead on this, but it will be a very hot, compelling device," Raines said. "They are doing some really cool stuff, and I'm eager to hear them start their announcements because I think the world is going to stand up and take notice."

Raines is bullish on the vitality of consoles overall. He said negative sentiments about new platforms is not a new phenomenon for the upcoming console transition. In addition, he said internal data shows strong demand for the PlayStation 4 and noted this enthusiasm is likely to be matched for the Xbox 720.

"We don't subscribe to that. The cool thing with GameStop is, we've got a lot of gamers here and we've got a lot of people [on the team] who've seen every console cycle. And what's interesting to me - I was talking to one of our founders, Dan DeMatteo, and he was telling me every console cycle you get people who will say 'there will never be another console,' or 'what else can the consoles do?' And we just believe it's a cycle and we just haven't had a new product in so long. But we certainly don't believe that the new consoles won't be as exciting," Raines said. "There's a lot of demand for PS4, and I think there will be for the next Xbox as well, once it's announced."

GameStop shares this week climbed to a three-year high.

Microsoft is rumored to have its next-generation platform on store shelves this holiday season alongside the PS4. Though the company has yet to reveal its official plans, Microsoft is believed to hold a one-off media event this month to announce the Xbox 720.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

947 comments
Kitmas
Kitmas

Looking back at this and seeing the shitstorm over used games... it's hard to imagine GameStop didn't know this was coming. GameStop must be in on it. They probably leveraged some kind of deal that allows them make make more money in the used games market.

bourne714
bourne714

VGLeaks claims that the new Xbox will not require always on for game play, and will allow used games.

stillmobinya
stillmobinya

You are missing the main point....if the new xbox was not going to allow used games the gamestop ceo would not be making those comments...so thats a good sign that no used games is a false rumor

razz624
razz624

Thanks for what we know will be "unbiased" and informative reporting on "both" consoles.     DAMN, they don't bother to pretend they don't play favorites anymore.


KINECT010
KINECT010

The word Hot is not only used as an adjective, it's also used as a slang.

dylan35
dylan35

I'zz iz a moron and just like the wiiu ibought i will purchase the nextbox and the next ps4 so lets all just get over it !!!!

Maize84
Maize84

This is why gamestop is behind the nextbox:  They will be the only company in the US that will be able to sell used copies of games, because they'll announce that they've cut a deal with microsoft to issue new keycodes.  They will regain their stranglehold on used games, and Microsoft gets a puppet that will harass gamers to buy their games.

frylock616
frylock616

"This is a very hot device indeed! Just kidding, Micrsoft paid me a fuck load of money to say that to sway any possible morons into buying it =-D"

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

What else would he say.  Console sales are a huge part of his business.  "No I don't think this console is going to be very good, you probably don't want to by that."

The xbox 720 could very well be two 360's duct taped together and he'd still praise it and try tot sell it to you.

I think I'll wait and see for myself.

Jasurim
Jasurim

Wow, well if Gamestop says so.

mergulho456
mergulho456

If most rumors about the new Xbox are true, I don't think it will be so hot when it comes out.

adroge1
adroge1

GameStop? Do you still think the 720 is a hot and compelling device? Just curious.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Who ISNT excited for a new line of consoles? It's been a DECADE. It used to be like every 3-4 years we would get something new. As someone who was born in 88, seeing this gap just makes me sick. j

I don't think they will be stupid enough to be an online only system, and if they do I am making the jump to primarily playing playstation. I'll be sure to buy the 720 used in that case so MS doesn't see a dime.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

Hope it's not as hot as the 360 that thing got enough red lights.

strayfies
strayfies

Of course they said that.  It would be confusing if they didn't say that.

jmr1986
jmr1986

"it will be a very hot, compelling device" since when GameStop started selling Dildos?

Oldgun
Oldgun

"Very Hot Repelling Device" I would say....

ziproy
ziproy

Oh we stood up and took notice alright

JamDev
JamDev

Pretty strong indication that the 720 will play used games.

deliman
deliman

I find it difficult to get excited about a console that requires me to be online at all times.

H0RSE
H0RSE

My main gaming device is PC, which can already outperform the new yet-to-be released consoles. If I pick up a new console, it will be xbox, simply because all my console friends play xbox. 

I am curious to see what (if any) new features MS will have for its new system. I am hoping for a less intrusive interface and notification system, similar to Steam, and since we are dealing with MS, would also like to see console and PC integration in games, or at least full m/kb support.

As for the "always online conspiracy theories," AO gaming is not inherently a bad thing, if it is done correctly.

wtfareyousaying
wtfareyousaying

Hmm if the "Durango" does what the rumors say it will do then alot of xbox fans are going to be pissed.. imagine you are playing a "online only" gaming console and you pull all night shifts at work. so one day your off and you want to pull a all nighter on xbox gaming.. next thing you know they're going through a system update and your console cannot connect to there servers.. does this mean you wont be able to play your games now that you can not connect to the servers?  i dont know if it is true it seems to me like its nothing but a big ripoff by microsoft.  I have my eyes set for the PS4 :)


jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

Hey, the guy selling XBoxes says that it's a great product!  Where do I pre-order?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

"I really like lemonade a lot!" says owner of lemonade stand.

najemm
najemm

ALWAYS ONLINE IS A PIECE OF CRAP!!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!...i feel better now

drkl0rd2000
drkl0rd2000

I will fix the article for them it should read

"Xbox 720 a 'very hot, stinky device' says GameStop"

 GameStop CEO Paul Raines is Pessimistic about the still-unannounced Xbox 720. Speaking with Games Industry International, the executive said the platforms always on connection will driver gamers to other platforms.

Alrighty fixed, now the article reads correctly

toshineon
toshineon

Oh, boy... there's so much wrong with this that I don't even know where to begin.

Rakou
Rakou

I've been a die-hard Xbox fanboy, but I'm jumping this boat to buy a PlayStation 4 at launch.

nightshade1127
nightshade1127

The word "compelling" does not compute with me and the new 720, especially with the sources of AODRM. This article should be changed to "Xbox is sure to give up the lead to Sony on this cycle". My money is going to PS4 this time.

FarginIcehole
FarginIcehole

Compelling?  As in "compelling" Xbox fans to abandon MS and buy Sony?

BTW, that bit was posted on April 2nd and was probably recorded prior to that date.  The incident with Orth didn't hit the internet until April 4th so I wonder what Gamestop is thinking now?

zyxe
zyxe moderator

@wilhelmalexis maybe he meant hot as in overheating the CPU/GPU, maybe even throw a RROD in the mix somewhere...

JRLennis
JRLennis

@Tremblay343 What else would he say, indeed?  Aside from pointing out the man's obvious dependence on console sales, this story tells us absolutely nothing.

And I don't think it's a stretch to say that there are a lot more negatives facing the upcoming generation of consoles than previous ones.  I've witnessed every console cycle since the days of Coleco Vision, and I can tell you there IS a danger.  The economy is not recovering.  The unemployment rate is MUCH higher than what we are told.  PC hardware sales are plummeting.  People are looking for reasons NOT to spend on expensive non-essentials.  Remember that this is the first console transition since the economic crisis began.

I myself have owned at least two consoles from each generation since the 16-bit era, and this coming generation is the only one where I'm considering just a single console.  With all the talk of DRM, DLC, microtransactions, and always-on, I just cannot get very excited.  How do I get gaming value out of those things?

mboettcher
mboettcher

@VenkmanPHD A decade? 2005 and 2006 to 2013 doesn't equal a decade where I come from? Is that a metric decade?

frylock616
frylock616

@VenkmanPHD well...PS2 game out 6-7 years after the PS1...so...I for one dont mind long creation times for a new system. Its them making sure the hardware is as up to date as possible. No point releasing a console, that's going to be considered obsolete in a year or two.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@steve4123456789 I have faith they won't let that happen again. Of course, I only got the RROD once (despite countless hours of play) and it was 364 days after I bought it. (Just one day left to return to gamestop for a free new system under my warranty)

s3as3a
s3as3a

@H0RSE In my opinion, "always-online done correctly" would be getting all the benefits when connected and still being able to play when disconnected.

H0RSE
H0RSE

@SythisTaru  

The reason consoles will never outshine PC's (besides the superior hardware and ability to upgrade) is that PC's are a tool and consoles are merely entertainment devices. PC's are used for so much more than playing games and watching movies - consoles, not so much. To put it bluntly, consoles are expensive toys. I myself play consoles quite a bit, but that doesn't make me blind to this realization. 

Until they release some sort of console/PC hybrid that mixes the best of both (ease of use and connectivity of consoles with the horsepower and flexibility of PC's) PC's will always reign supreme.

selbie
selbie

Lemonade shares this week climbed to a three-year high.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

@JRLennis Well consoles sales have only been going up and the always on thing is a complete rumour.  Also anyone with have a brain cell would make it like steam where you can run everything in "offline mode."

DLC can be filthy and is probably the biggest offender of modern games but it can also be actual cool single player content you wouldn't have seen 15-20 years ago because it wasn't enough to justify an expansion pack.  But 90% of DLC ends up being maps or weapon skins, which who cares?  

Microtransactions are also not really  a bad thing.  In mass effect and dead space they are 100% unnecessary.  I honestly can't really think of many other games.  Dota 2 and TF2 are free and sell only cosmetic stuff.  And those can even drop in-game, you don't ever have to buy anything.  Guild wars 2 sells you cloths and backpack expanders I think?  I dunno microtransactions are kinda whatever.

Also there are way more enthusiast building PC than there were 6 years ago because of steam.  And even companies like nvidia (although definitely not AMD) has been seeing huge profits for a long time. 

Zignoff
Zignoff

@ziproy @SythisTaru 

 Cheaply made PC's that don't need 1000+ bucks to be upgraded every half year to properly run the newest game at realistic processing speed you mean...