GameStop CEO expecting Xbox 720 or PS4 in 2013

Top executive at speciality retailer says new platform from either Microsoft or Sony will launch next year, with the other following in 2014.

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The Wii U will usher in the next generation of consoles later this year, but when will new platforms from Microsoft and Sony arrive? According to GameStop CEO Paul Raines, either the next Xbox or PlayStation 4 will arrive in 2013, but not both.

Gamers may be lining up for the Xbox 720 or the PS4 in 2013, but not both, says Raines.
Gamers may be lining up for the Xbox 720 or the PS4 in 2013, but not both, says Raines.

"This week, I'm getting a lot of rumors that are very interesting about 2013," Raines told Polygon. "We have not been expecting two more consoles in 2013. We're expecting Wii U this holiday, another one next year, and another one in '14. These rumors change every week, but we're hearing more about next year."

In June, a 56-page document reportedly stemming from Microsoft detailed the Xbox 720, indicating the console would launch in 2013 at $299 bundled with a new iteration of Kinect, among other features. As for Sony, the company had previously said it does not expect to announce its new hardware until after Microsoft does.

Not all agree with Raines' prediction of only one new console in 2013. The analyst consensus is that new platforms from Microsoft and Sony will be on store shelves during the back-half of next year.

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