EA CEO John Riccitiello, speaking in an interview with CNBC, has stated that 2013 should feature new console hardware.

According to the executive, “A major catalyst going forward, and the most important catalyst going forward is visibility on next-generation console, because that NPD data – that minus 10-25% that you’ve been seeing – that can and should be reversed out and some point, probably starting next year.”

In other words, the CEO expects consumer market research company NPD to track next-generation console sales beginning in 2013.

Most industry analysts expect Microsoft and Sony to announce further details surrounding their next-gen consoles at E3 next year.