GameStop chief executive J. Paul Raines spoke with GamesIndustry International about the next generation Xbox and the PlayStation 4. He is very excited for Microsoft to show off its next Xbox. He said that Microsoft is working on some really cool stuff.
“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,” said Raines. “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.”
Some people in the gaming industry have said that the next generation of consoles will sell less than the current generation. However Raines said people have been saying that every generation.
“…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,” he said.
Executive Vice President Michael P. Hogan stated that demand for the PlayStation 4 has been higher than any other device. “So the thing, for me, the real benchmark is the fact that our PowerUp members are saying that they’re much, much more likely, and more excited about buying a PlayStation 4, even than around getting a new smartphone, a new tablet, a new laptop, all the other things they could buy.”