According to new reports, Microsoft shipped nearly 1.1 million units of Xbox 360 in the last three months which ended on June 30. This according to official statistics is a decline of 35 percent shipments as opposed to last year’s same period 1.7 million shipments.
Declines of shipments in the console shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. When the talks of next generation consoles are on the rise, people are willing to wait another year to see a new console developed from either Microsoft or Sony.
Both the companies remain silent over the plans of releasing next generation consoles, but reports otherwise suggest that both are already busy developing new consoles to be revealed in 2013 and released later year.
According to reports, some leaked designs point toward the next generation console from Xbox 360. Reportedly, the next Xbox will come with tons of features including preinstalled Kinect. These features were revealed through leaked leaflets and Microsoft is yet to declare them false.
Sony has also been targeted with leak information. Reports suggesting that the next PlayStation has been under production since 2010 is on the rise. Critics are claiming that the announcement of new generation of consoles isn’t far away anymore.
According to Epic Games president, the developer/publisher has been in talks with the two companies to improve their new consoles. Epic Games have already developed their new Unreal Engine 4 which they claim will only be for the next generation of consoles and high end systems.
With high end tools already available, it is thought that developers have already given development kits to start producing video games for the next generation of consoles. Several developers have also placed job listings on their site asking for people who would like to work on next gen titles.
With declining sales for the current generation of home consoles, it is only a matter of time we will start hearing official statements from the two big companies about their next home consoles. Any more delay would give other companies a fair window to enter the gaming industry and take it by storm.