H33rsay: PlayStation 4 and next Xbox to be revealed at E3 2012

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What’s been the big rumour doing the rounds this day, January 6th 2012?

Why, nothing less than news surrounding the formal announcements of Sony and Microsoft’s next consoles at E3 this year.

Unfortunately, these reports have no basis in official information and, as with all good rumours, have been formed from unknown, but ‘trusted’ sources.

Industry site MCV was the latest to dish details on the supposed reveals of the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox console at E3 this year, which would mark the first time three manufacturers provided showings of their hardware at the same event, with Nintendo planning on ‘re-unveiling’ the Wii U at this year’s show.

With the next generation of consoles expected to hit in late 2013 or even early 2014, it would make sense for Sony and Microsoft to announce their next consoles in June this year to start ramping up excitement for their offerings, but no concrete information (such as pricing, launch dates and exact game line-ups) are expected.

Do you think E3 in June 2012 is when Sony and Microsoft will start making consumers aware of the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox? Sony in particular might not want to remove focus from its PS Vita and PS3 line-up, while Microsoft might be keen to continue to focus on Kinect and online applications on Xbox 360.

What do you think?

H33rsay is El33tonline’s (semi-regular) round-up of game industry rumours and speculation where we have looks at unconfirmed and unannounced pieces of news emerging from anonymous tipsters, information leaks and generally dubious sources. It may not all be true, but it’s still fun to talk about!

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