Los Angeles – Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) aren’t expected to launch
their next-generation video game consoles until 2014, Kotaku reports, citing
industry sources. "Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that
they’re delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters
better," a source told Kotaku. If another report this week is also true —
indicating Nintendo’s plans to launch an HD game console successor to the Wii
next year — that would leave the field for major new hardware to Nintendo
alone in the near-term.

Kotaku’s sources said Microsoft or Sony could launch a
new console in 2013 "if either company feels pushed," but noted an
Xbox update would likely only feature bundled Kinect hardware.

Should the
companies wait until 2014, that would make for an nine-year lifecycle for the
Xbox 360, and eight-year cycle for the PlayStation 3.



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