GameStop CEO: next Xbox “a very hot, compelling device”

GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines says he’s impressed by what he’s learnt from Microsoft about its next Xbox and thinks consumers will be too when the platform holder finally gets round to announcing it.

Raines told GamesIndustry International: "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.”

Speaking to investors and analysts on GameStop’s fourth quarter earnings call last week, the retailer’s executive vice president, Michael Hogan, said the firm is “still waiting to see” Microsoft's launch plans for the next Xbox. "We know that Sony will introduce the PlayStation 4 globally in 2013,” he added, hinting at something Sony itself has yet to confirm.

Microsoft has been heavily tipped to announce its next Xbox in late April. For more on the console, check out our Xbox 720 rumour round-up.


  • Agent1951 - April 5, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    I am new member tthis sight and this was my first article to read....and I was really surprise that what ever spell check you use didn't work..I am no wiz at spelling but I learned a Long time ago that you can't "learnt" anything. In otherwords....Learnt is not a word. And If I am corrected then I will dig into a dictionarry and write the deffinition of learnt 10 times.
  • Tjwoods18 - April 6, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    Learnt is a word, it is a different variation that is less seen in the US and more prevalent in the likes of the United Kingdom. Other words that you may come to contend but ultimately hold the same meaning include the following: Check vs. Cheque Dreamed vs Dreamt While vs Whilst and so on
  • Agent1951 - April 9, 2013 6:28 a.m.

    lolol I spent 4 years in the Uk and never leard the word but times change. While I was there I never heard of lol either.. so I stand corrected ..thanks.
  • Terrorrizor - April 4, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    Y'know I had a thought, maybe it's not such a bad thing it won't use used games, but only if the following apply. 1. You can play demos of the games or at least have a timer so at 2 hours, it asks if you want your money back, if you say yes it gets deleted along with your save game, and to prevent fraud saved games are locked to last only 2 hours of gameplay or something. and 2. Maybe this means they'll charge less for video games, perhaps it'll go from $50 or $60 games to like $30 or $20 because it's a forever purchase only useable to one account. That'd be nice, but I don't know. Sounds like the console will be as bad as the overheating jokes in the comments section of this article.
  • QuantumZebra - April 4, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Must...not...make...overheating...joke.... ......... ... .. .... Sounds like the Xbox 720 is going to be so hot it will melt peoples faces in addition to its motherboard! ... damnit.
  • cricket0 - April 4, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    He says that the worlds going to "stand up and take notice", but that sounds like the Xbox 360 didnt sell well or something, and considering the fact that it was one of the highest selling consoles of this generation, Im gonna go out on a limb and say that Gamestop is pushing this new console for the sake of profit rather than actual game capability. Thats not to say the next Xbox is bad, its just sounds off is all
  • ian-foley - April 4, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    Its hard to belive this thing will block used games if gamestop ceo is excited about it... Its kinda a good thing
  • Imgema - April 4, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Yeah i bet its going to be a very hot machine. So hot that it will melt the motherboard 5 days after purchase. Its Microsoft, don't forget that.
  • CUFCfan616 - April 3, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    hmmm, a game retailer getting excited about a next gen console that they'll be selling. They're hardly gonna say it's a load of pap and people should steer clear of it are they. Let's all wait and see when Microsoft themselves announce the console to see what it's like. Then we can be the judges of whether it's 'very hot' or 'cool stuff'. My cat would like it if it's got cooling problems though
  • D0CCON - April 3, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    For Gamestop to sound excited about this, you'd imagine that the Nextbox won't ban used games with a one-time code/download only option. At least I really hope that's the case. It could be PR bullshit, but if that rumor was true and I ran Gamestop, I'd be legitimately pissed.
  • avantguardian - April 3, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    this would seem to be the first legitimate news serving to dispel that rumor. it's hard for me to think they would be excited about it in the least otherwise.
  • ZuzuPachulia - April 3, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    This just seems way too damn vague to actual get any response from anyone. "Very hot" and "cool stuff" don't mean anything
  • Frieza - April 3, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    If they dont get rid of the pay-to-play online system, I dont care how impressive it is.
  • ObliqueZombie - April 3, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    Ahh, so there's not enough fans.
  • F4G1TR0N - April 3, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    HAHAHAHAHA I got it
  • TheDudeFromNowhere - April 3, 2013 10:20 a.m.


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