EA Boss Expects Next-Gen Consoles In 2013
Microsoft and Sony could be set to launch new consoles as early as next year, according to EA CEO John Riccitiello.
“A major catalyst going forward, and the most important catalyst going forward is visibility on next-generation console,” Riccitiello told CNBC in a conversation about EA’s low stock.
“That NPD data, that minus 10-25 per cent that you’ve been seeing, that can and should be reversed out and some point, probably starting next year.”
Wii U will likely reinvigorate the hardware market in 2013, but whether or not Riccitiello is referring to Nintendo’s console alone remns to be seen.
New PlayStation and Xbox consoles have been rumoured for a reveal next year, ahead of a possible launch in 2014.
In a recent interview analyst Michael Pachter revealed that as recently as 2008, Riccitiello expected new consoles to launch in 2010-2011.