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How Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4's launch may relate to 'GTA V's'

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"Grand Theft Auto V" has been delayed until Sept. 17th, but with that news also stems some doubt as to what that means for the next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony, which are expected to hit stores within the next year.

According to a report from IGN yesterday, Rockstar has delayed the highly anticipated title, "Grand Theft Auto V," until September.

"To all 'Grand Theft Auto' fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be.

"We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September – we thank you for your support and patience," Rockstar said.

So having read that news, what does this mean for the next-generation of consoles? Does it mean nothing? Perhaps it presents some alternative thinking as to whether or not the systems will hit stores this year?

The Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 have long been rumored to hit retailers this coming holiday season, with spring 2014 being the latest one would debut.

Not a lot of titles have been announced for release during next fall for a reason though, but the fact that Rockstar has shown the guts to push "GTA V" back until September indicates a lack of fear of what's behind it.

From the developers' side of things, they would say as long as they are in front of the releases of Sony and Microsoft's systems, then they are fine.

But with that being said, there is going to be an enormous amount of attention being directed toward the systems when they have been announced and are gearing up for launch.

Look at all that is being said about them, before the consoles have even been announced.

The systems that are coming will indeed require a sizable investment on the part of gamers, as well as the titles they get for it. Having said that, why would "GTA V" get pushed closer to when those systems may launch?

A direct answer is the company knows there will not be any next-generation consoles to debut during the end of 2013, which would shock everyone who is involved with this industry.

The systems have been rumored so repeatedly to debut this coming holiday season, and expectations are so high for that happening, that it would be unbelievable if those systems do not hit retailers in November or December.

But there have been several delays and reports suggesting that no system will hit retailers this year. If those are true, then perhaps Rockstar has played their cards right with "GTA V."

There are not any major titles on the docket for September, except "GTA V" of course, so what's wrong with having the spotlight all the themselves?

So does the fact that Rockstar has pushed their game back into September mean there will not be next-generation systems from Microsoft and Sony this fall? Is that possible?

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