Everyone who’s been following the recent developments of next-gen gaming platforms has had a lot to take in lately regarding Sony’s PlayStation 4. Several new games have been confirmed for the console and details pertaining to the system have slowly been arriving through different sources. Those who prefer Microsoft’s Xbox, however, have been twiddling their thumbs awaiting even the slightest word or rumor to surface on the Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango).

Recent mumblings in the industry have indicated that the next-gen Xbox is currently in the hands of developers — coated with a nice zebra pattern, no less — and now GameStop’s CEO, J. Paul Raines, has indicated that he’s been given an overview of the new console. During an interview with Games Industry Iternational, Raines said that he was looking forward to the 360’s successor, and feels it’ll be “a very hot, compelling device” upon its release.

“We’ve been spending a lot of time with Microsoft, but we have to let them take the lead on this, but it will be a very hot, compelling device. They are doing some really cool stuff, and I’m eager to hear them start their announcements because I think the world is going to stand up and take notice.”

This is a promising sign that the console is far along enough in its development cycle that it could potentially launch within the same window as the PS4. Of course, many gamers have probably been paying attention to how long it’s been taking for the Wii U to gain a decent user base, leaving some to fear that the next-gen consoles may be faced with a similar dilemma. Raines feels that won’t be a problem for either Sony or Microsoft, and is confident that both platforms will be successful.

“We don’t subscribe to that. The cool thing with GameStop is, we’ve got a lot of gamers here and we’ve got a lot of people who’ve seen every console cycle. And what’s interesting to me – I was talking to one of our founders, Dan DeMatteo, and he was telling me every console cycle you get people who will say ‘there will never be another console,’ or ‘what else can the consoles do?’ And we just believe it’s a cycle and we just haven’t had a new product in so long. But we certainly don’t believe that the new consoles won’t be as exciting. There’s a lot of demand for PS4, and I think there will be for the next Xbox as well, once it’s announced.”

Xbox 720 Console

Game Rant‘s April Fool’s joke aside, Microsoft’s foray into the next-generation of gaming has been expected for a long time. So far alleged reports claim that the system will require an always-plugged-in Kinect sensor, as well as mandatory game installs, but none of this has been confirmed by the house of Bill Gates.

Previous rumors hinted at a possible April event for the Xbox 720, but there’s been no sign that Microsoft plans on pulling the curtain off its next-gen contender quite so soon. A safer bet would be for the company to officially promote the console during this year’s E3 in June, and with it will undoubtedly be a surplus of never-before-seen video games. Sounds good, don’t you think?

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Source: Games Industry