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GameStop Expecting New Console Launches Soon

For the past few months, rumors have been flying that all three of the big console manufacturers could possibly be revealing new hardware soon. Well, GameStop has now added more fuel to that fire, as COO Tony Bartel claimed during the GameStop Investor/Analyst Day briefing that not only would virtual reality technology improve the company’s profits, but so would the “[seemingly] imminent” launch of new consoles.

GameStop didn’t comment further on the matter, except to reveal to investors that new hardware is associated with increased sales for the company. However, based on the recent rumors, one could make a few educated guesses as to what new consoles Bartel was alluding to in his presentation.

The most obvious one is the Nintendo NX. We know that the Nintendo NX is being produced, and we also know that Nintendo will reveal the first details about the system sometime this year. Most expect that we will see the Nintendo NX as soon as E3 2016, scheduled to take place in June, and that Nintendo will launch the console by the end of the year. If previous rumors about the Nintendo NX’s release window are true, then it could very well be the new hardware Bartel referred to.

In the meantime, it’s also possible that Sony and Microsoft could be introducing new hardware soon as well. On the Sony front, there have been claims that a PlayStation 4.5 capable of outputting at 4K resolution is on the way. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but Sony has released modified versions of every one of its home consoles in the past, so it wouldn’t make sense to stop now.

Microsoft, on the other hand, is not interested in a potential Xbox One and a half. However, the latest rumors about new Xbox hardware claim that an Xbox One Slim could be on the way, with a potential reveal at this year’s E3 event. An Xbox One Slim probably wouldn’t increase the console’s power, but a new look and potentially lower price point for the system certainly couldn’t hurt its sales.

GameStop’s expectations of new console hardware launches is not all that surprising. After all, it’s no secret that Nintendo is gearing up to reveal a brand new console to the world, and Sony and Microsoft both have released modified versions of consoles in the past, so it would make sense to continue that practice in the eighth generation. With E3 right around the corner, we’ll soon learn if Bartel is right about “imminent” console launches or not.

Do you think we will see new consoles released soon? Leave us your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.

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