Means core gamers won't have to compete for launch stock with 'moms buying gifts at holiday'.
Xbox 720 is now more likely to release in the spring of 2014 than later in 2013, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has told X360.
"If I were a betting man (and I am), I would say a spring 2014 launch makes more sense, since hard core Xbots could get a console without having to compete with moms buying gifts at holiday, and it is likely that they won't manufacture more than a few million units for launch," said Pachter.
With Microsoft showing very little of their Xbox release schedule beyond Gears of War: Judgment, the general opinion had been that the platform holder would launch its successor late in 2013.
We don't really agree with Pachter's logic. Selling out at launch can help drive increased demand for a product – just look at the success of the sold-out Wii compared to the widely stocked PS Vita.
Also, consumers are much more willing to buy high value items in the holiday season, leaving room for Microsoft to lower the cost of the next Xbox the following summer when demand has slowed.