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Activision Imply Only One Next-Gen Console Is Out Next Year, But Which One?

And it's not the Wii U, silly.

Activision, the publisher behind behemoth Call Of Duty, has implied that there’ll be just the one next-generation console released next year.

In their latest earnings report, the figures spoke for themselves. In the third quarter of the current fiscal year they brought in nearly $850 million in net revenue (with $430 of that from digital sales). Activision now have no debt, and more than $3 billion in cash and investments.


Bobby, there, smiling.
CEO Bobby Kotick said that there’s going to be a decline next year though.

“As we look to calendar 2013, we remain cautious in light of a challenging worldwide macroeconomic environment,” he said, “the ongoing console transition and difficult year-over-year comparables as a result of Blizzard’s record-shattering success with Diablo III in 2012.”

But those next generation consoles? “We can’t really talk too much about next generation console plans,” said Kotick when asked by those on the investment conference call, “but I think it’s safe to say you have a Wii U coming out and there will be another new console coming and we expect that they’ll be very successful.”

Another new console? Not two new consoles? Many assumed both Sony and Microsoft would show off their new tech this year at E3, let alone next year. Does Bobby know something we don’t, or is he just guessing? Answers on a postcard, please.

At least support is pretty much guaranteed. “We always evaluate all platforms with an eye towards being able to create the most compelling differentiated content,” he added.

“And whether it’s Facebook as a platform or tablets or mobile devices platforms, once we think that we can put our best creative foot forward and we can deliver something that’s compelling and engaging and meaningfully different and really capitalize on the capabilities of a new platform, we’ll support it.”

The PS4 is expected to be revealed at a pre-E3 event next year. We discussed what that might mean here, with many of you commenting. Does this mean that Microsoft won’t have a successor to the Xbox 360 next year? Or are they banking everything on the new Xbox Surface?

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27 Comments
  1. damoxuk
    Member
    Since: May 2011

    I read somewhere earlier this year (please help me:) ) that MS are having problems with the IBM processor they are going to be using in the nextbox and may delay it. If so and the fact Sony are “rumoured” to be announcing PS4 before E3 next year then maybe Sony will out first.

    Either way it’s still too long and 2014 for either would once again make the other weak.

    Sony can’t make the same mistake again or it surely will be game over man…

    Comment posted on 09/11/2012 at 16:47.
  2. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Interesting

    Comment posted on 09/11/2012 at 17:55.
  3. deadwelsh
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    The COD box

    Comment posted on 09/11/2012 at 19:24.
  4. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Surely its the finger swiping contraption? Really though. its certain that its probably Xbox, PS4 will be 2015 I guess and no one will bother buying since PC’s gotten stronger, but they really need to replace the PS3 just for the sake of a more stable system, no installs (very important for GT6) and a browser that can’t crash all the time.

    Comment posted on 09/11/2012 at 20:18.
  5. The Von Braun
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    It’s going to be MS, i can feel it in my water.

    They’ll want to get the head start they had launching 360 over PS3 (and this time they are facing competition from more corners:Wii U, new iPad’s/Android based tablets etc) to get those gamers out there who feel this generation has lasted too long as is (i’m NOT 1 of those, i must add) and new home console would be a corner stone for the Windows 8 blitz they are doing-You’d have your PC or Xbox Next then they’d hope you had a Surface or Xbox Gaming tablet for portable gaming/Media and it would counter Wii U’s second screen at home etc.

    Halo 4 and latest Forza pretty much streched the 360 to breaking point, great swansong titles, Sony however yet to fire the salvo of The Last Of Us, David Cage’s new title etc, so they might follow a similar path to the old ‘Do Not Under Estimate The Power Of Playstation’ route.

    Comment posted on 10/11/2012 at 10:55.
  6. The Von Braun
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    Sony (sadly) still has’nt learnt from past mistakes and no doubt will yet again let MS sign up (timed) exclusives saying we don’t need it our own content is more than enough.PS4 will use industry standard parts, but Sony will no doubt claim it out performs Xbox Next in key areas due to this, that or the other and differences between the 2 will be minor.

    Vita still struggling to find it’s place (and so badly needs a PS3+Vita bundle, memory card price drop+strong line up of Killer-Apps).

    Word had it months ago, Xbox Next was seen running behind ‘closed doors’ running BF3 at high PC settings, so i’d wager software well on way for completition on key launch titles, only issue MS seem to face is poor chip yields from the manufactuering plant’s and they won’t be wanting another Red Ring/E74 fiasco this time around.

    Once Xmas out the way, you just know the hype train will be rolling out and the VS stuff will start all over again with Wii U being clased as underpowered, PC brigade scoffing at console specs etc.

    Comment posted on 10/11/2012 at 11:01.

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