Michael Pachter has provided some comments regarding when to expect Microsoft to officially announce the Xbox 720. In an interview with Digitally Downloaded that was published on Feb. 12, the analyst at Wedbush Securities believed that Microsoft might wait as long as E3 2013 to formally unveil their next-generation console. This is because the company has some ambitious plans, which include partnering with television content owners, for the multimedia features of the system. As a result, Sony and their PS4 will have the media spotlight until early June. You can check out some concept images of the PS4 and Xbox 720 in the slideshow at the top of this article and the comments from Michael Pachter below (courtesy of Digitally Downloaded):
Microsoft will announce at E3, not before. I think they are on track to launch at the same time (October or November), although I think that Microsoft is far more ambitious about multimedia, intends to include a TV tuner, and has many more relationships with television content owners that must be worked out prior to launch. Expect Sony to own the spotlight until the first week in June.
Michael Pachter and many others expect the PS4 to be officially announced by Sony at the upcoming Playstation Meeting event in New York on Feb. 20. Both next-generation systems are projected to come out later this year in the North American region.