Pachter: Xbox 720 to launch in Spring 2014
Posted: 21.06.2012 06:08 by Comments: 5
Wedbush Securities industry analyst Michael Pachter is holding onto his conviction that the Xbox 720 won't launch in late 2013 as most believe, but will debut in the Spring of 2014.

According to Pachter, "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."

His declaration isn't as off base as some would believe. While the Xbox 360 was launched in November 2005, the console didn't start to take off til the Spring of the next year.

He also went on to claim that the next Xbox will function as much as a cable TV box as a gaming system. "It's pretty clear to me that Microsoft intends to allow the Xbox 720 to function as a cable TV box, allowing cable television service providers to broadcast over the Internet through the box, with SmartGlass as the remote controller, and with the Xbox 720 using Windows 8 to split the TV signal into multiple feeds, allowing consumers to divert different channel feeds to different displays within the home," he reasoned.

The Xbox 720, which many think is codenamed "Durango", was a no-show at E3 2012.
Source: GameSpot
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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 21, 2012
So early 2014 in other words. Still a long way off, and I am sure it's not just gamers who will be disappointed but devellopers an publishers as well. I really thought they'd be up for it come next year, but obviouly they have bigger plans for the new unit.
The Cable TV box has been talked about for a while now as part of a complete centralised entertainment system for the home. TV, Gaming, Audio/Visual Applications - all in what would look like a high-tech coffee table with a really neat surface.
Business-wise, I believe it would have made more sense to release the 720 next year, with the hardware installed for future upgrades such as this. But I'm no Microsoft Exec.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jun 21, 2012
I really hope he's wrong.
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Jun 21, 2012
The only thing that will be a difference with the Xbox 720 is that you will have a blu ray drive and 3D support for 3dtv -thats what the PS3 already has.
As for the hardware if its poorly built like the first xbox 360 (RROD) the console will last for three years and die.I have bought an xbox 360 and a PS3 Jap Ntsc before they were released in Europe and the PS3 still works like a charm,its already my third xbox and coinsidence or not the two before lasted aproxx 3 years.I have repaired multiple units of my friends as well -all cooling paste errors and when you repair them than you have an extra year to play than your dual layer drive dies,you can compare it with a burner on pc,after 3 years you have to replace most burners as well.And the xbox 360 has errors as well in their network like for example i have downloaded Call Of Duty 2 and all the map packs,now a few days ago i had a Call of duty 2 moment to explore again i look at my maps in the game and they are disabled i download them again in seconds,a kilobyte error it seems,it goes van 0 to 100 percent in seconds-so glitches in their network.
So yes i am not such a big fan of xbox 360 and wonder what they will do with the Xbox 720,i hope for the buyers that the hardware will be decent but in economic perilous times it will not be a great sale.
Long live the PS3!
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jun 21, 2012
Well at least they were replacing those dead Xbox's for free, I would never buy a used Xbox though :).