I've got some alarming news for you: Developers like Ubisoft are already working on next-gen consoles like the Xbox 360's successor. I know, surprise of the century, right? According to Edge, (who got their info from an anonymous source), Ubisoft Montreal has been sent a devkit from Microsoft and deliveries of the first iteration of the genuine devkit is expected to "reach studios before Christmas". They go on to claim that the final console will indeed be arriving in time for the 2012 holiday season.
"Ubisoft’s teams are said to be working on PCs containing off-the-shelf components provided by Microsoft, and it’s our understanding that several other major developers, including certain EA studios, are also in possession of these target boxes," said Edge. Ubisoft gave the standard, "We do not comment on rumor and speculation," response when asked about the dev kit but it would definitely make sense that they'd have one in their possession.
Edge also reports that a major Sony-owned studio has completely ceased PlayStation 3 development in order to work on the console's successor.
With so many rumors of the next Xbox 360, codenamed "Loop" surfacing all around the interwebs it's starting to seem like it's not such a stretch that the console will be unveiled at CES in January. However, the one thing that throws a rock in to everything is that Frank Conner already confirmed that Halo 4 will be on the 360. Maybe it's just going to be the game that plays out the 360 in style.
Either way, if the next Xbox or PlayStation comes out in 2012 I will feel really bad for Nintendo. What about you?