Last week, reports have surfaced claiming that Sony and Microsoft are going to unveil their next-generation gaming consoles that will succeed the current PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
It has been reported that Microsoft has signaled to its partners plans to unveil the new Xbox 720 gaming console at E3 2012, according to gaming news site MCV. Sony executives, meanwhile, have pledged to developers that the company will now be left behind and is expected to unveil the PlayStation 4 right after Microsoft does its launch.
“This is very credible. Even if we don’t see the hardware itself, or know a price or date, key publishers and developers are expecting some nod towards what direction PS4 will take at E3 this year,” said MCV’s Michael French. “Sony isn’t stupid – it knows that if Microsoft is planning to also say something about its next console, it can’t be left behind.”
If these rumors are to be believed, it will be the first time in E3’s 17-year history that the three major console makers will be unveiling their devices, which will be available for comparison.
“I don’t think we’re contemplating talking about anything to do with future console iterations at this point,” Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, told CVG. House noted that the company is just entering a great period for the PlayStation 3.