So, word is out on "D&D Next."
PHB will be sold at Gen Con, and available for wide release in mid-August, retail price $50. A Starter Box Set will be $20. In November, the DMG will be released, also at $50. Probably the Monster Manual will be released sometime in early 2015, also for $50.
And the name will simply be "Dungeons & Dragons" which is good. Next was a convenient placeholder, but would have been a terrible edition name.
The local gamers I play with are for the most part happy with OSR stuff, but there are some other local gamers who are about to start a 4E game, and I wouldn't be surprised if they switch to the new edition when it becomes available.
So I might - if the reviews are generally good, similar sounding to the Pathfinder Beginner Box, shuck out the $20 for the new box set. Or maybe go crazy and get the PHB. I doubt I'd be doing any running of the system, but it might be nice to have a copy handy if I do get to play.
Then again, we've got a baby due in August, so who knows? I'll probably be too busy to pick it up.