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Microsoft has shared information about its next-generation Xbox with executives at US retailer GameStop, the firm's president has suggested.

Explaining the retailer's decision to withhold guidance on its digital revenue expectations for 2014, president Tony Bartlet teased that he was aware of some of Microsoft's next-gen plans, but suggested that he would rather information on the upcoming console was made public before discussing future outlooks.

"The problem is that we just - we have one console [PlayStation 4], and we have some knowledge that we can share, more knowledge that we can't. We also have knowledge of the second console, but I'd rather that, that be out in the public before we discuss our digital goals for 2014."

Microsoft has remained tight-lipped over its plans for its next-gen Xbox, despite Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement earlier this year.

But while it may be privy to some information about Microsoft's next console, comments from GameStop's CFO Robert Lloyd suggest that the retailer isn't aware of when the company is planning to launch it.

"As of now, there's been one console announced for a fourth quarter launch," said Lloyd. "Guidance at the low end of the ranges reflects that one console coming to market. Guidance at the high end of the ranges reflects the launch of a second console, should one be announced.

"We are making broad assumptions about launches within the guidance, as we do not have launch date information for quantities, prices or available software."

Rumours suggest that Microsoft could be planning to announce its next Xbox later this month.

During the same financial call, GameStop VP Mike Hogan revealed that PlayStation 4 will release globally by the end of 2013.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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Choosing when the other next gen consoles, the PS4 and Nextbox, will be launch will be problem for both manufacturer. They'll both no doubt want to go first. However timing is key.

They both don't want to be the first to announce their own console because their rival rival will just announce that theirs is coming before it. The problem is they can't release within a month of each otherwise they'll just be eating into each others sales. People would be forced to choose, and would either not get the other console at all or at least not for another few months whilst saving up.

But they both have to launch before Christmas. Launching after Christmas would just be accepting defeat (anywhere but Japan because the nextbox would fail there anyway).

This leaves a very small window of likely opportunity to launch between September and late November. They'll want to be close to Christmas (when people are more willing to spend money) but so will their rival. Unless Microsoft does an Apple and says "here's the nextbox available next week/ by the end of the month".
Posted 17:34 on 02 April 2013
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RobotPi

Hmm.. what does their GameStop's "digital revenue" have to do with Microsoft's nextgen box? At the moment, aren't retailers outside of the process - other than selling cards with credit? Curiouser and curiouser.
Posted 16:22 on 02 April 2013