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GameStop preps for next-generation consoles, cuts PS2 from thousands of stores

Though the next generation of gaming consoles is, for the most part, a far-off abstraction, GameStop has already begun its transformation to prepare for the deluge of hardware and software coming from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.

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-Mika-1363d ago

SCE America CEO Jack Tretton said in June that quality is more important than getting to market first, stating: "We've never been first, we've never been cheapest, it's about being best."

This Is why I respect Sony but they need to be the first real next gen console out. They can't let MS beat them to it. Otherwise it would just might be a repeat of this gen.

Shok1363d ago

Yeah Jack said that but at the same time I remember Sony saying they wanted to beat Microsoft to the market first this time around.

If what GameStop says is true, it's hard to say which company will be releasing next year and which one wouldn't.

WeskerChildReborned1363d ago

My guess would be Sony since i too heard that they wanted to be first.

velocitygamer1363d ago (Edited 1363d ago )

It has to be the new Xbox. Why would Sony release their one first? They have a lot of big titles that are coming to the PS3 next year: God of War Ascension, Last of Us, Last Guardian (hopefully), GTA V, Metal Gear Solid: GZ and probably even more I missed out.

I really think that they should take their time on the new console, just like they did with the PS3. It might've been the last, might've been the most expensive, but hey, look at the 360 and PS3 now and tell me which one is collecting dust and which one is pumping out the games.

Peppino71363d ago

It most likely will be the new xbox. That doesn't mean ps4 won't be right behind it. However if they miss the holiday season then it won't have a great jumpstart like it could.

ChunkyLover531363d ago

It wouldn't be that hard to guess, Microsoft has all their developers working on next gen games, opened a ton of new studios over the last few years and none of them have released a game for the Xbox 360. The leaked Microsoft documents that state they will release in 2013, the fact that they have the oldest hardware right now, and the fact that they don't have a single game scheduled to release after March of 2013.

I'm not doubting Sony releasing in 2013 as well, but they are still churning out PS3 games and trying to help Vita get some sort of market share, if I were to guess, I'd say they want a new generation to start the least.

black9111363d ago

Sonys only big problem this Gen was

1.Online
2.Price
3.Controller (to Some)

Not Launch Date. But they still managed to sell over 65million and growing.

Qrphe1363d ago

@black 911

Really? It was just the price. If Sony had released a reasonable price for it systems, we would have been seeing all gen what we've been seeing for the PS3 for the past two years as far as sales.

andibandit1363d ago (Edited 1363d ago )

1.Online
2.Price
3.Controller (to Some)
4.Release date(it's easier to attain a customer who is new, than to get a customer to buy a PS3 when he already has a Console).
5.Marketing or rather the lack of it.
6.Horrible launch line up.
7.Hacking incident.

@black 911, yes you may stand corrected.

Bob Dole1363d ago

@black911

How do you say their "only" problem is 3 problems?

Deputydon1362d ago

I vote Sony launches the exact same day as MS. It'll be a fun battle, but Sony really needs some stellar launch titles this time around...

jacksons981362d ago

@black911
Sony's only problem this gen is they don't understand America. They don't understand that in America people buy products based on marketing. You don't need to spend money on a lot of games, you only need 1 or 2 big ones with big marketing budgets.

lastdual1362d ago

I doubt either console will get a big lead next gen.

The 360's early launch clearly helped the system take off, and both MS and Sony know it. As such, smart money says that both new consoles will launch within the same general window (I wouldn't expect them more than 60 days apart).

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blue_flowers1363d ago (Edited 1363d ago )

@-Mika-
give it a rest already, just play video games and relax. who gives a shit which system sells better its about playing games not sales for a company you have no stake in...

-Mika-1363d ago

I care. If you didn't realize. Sales do matter for gamers and the stock holders of the company. For example, Us Vita owners would love more sales for the handheld because then that would mean we'll get more third party support. Same applies to the PS4. That the console I plan on buying so being first and getting alot of sales would mean more third party support and more AAA exclusives from sony.

Also here another example you can relate to. If the original half life or any other valve game in the past sold like crap constantly. Valve would most likely not be around today and you would have never got a sequel to that awesome game. So again sales do matter for us gamers. Please keep that mind before you make another comment like that.

Jockamo1363d ago

People on N4G only care when it's convenient for them...

acedoh1363d ago

Sales don't matter to the average gamers. The core gamers may care but most don't. In the reflection of life it's nothing. Just another thing for people to compete over.

In general I think competition is good because it forces improvements you wouldn't get.

GribbleGrunger1363d ago (Edited 1363d ago )

I agree with Blu_flower in one way but not another. The trouble is that people make it a competition and we end up discussing who outsold who. That is of no consequence whatsoever. However, getting decent sales is. It's not about beating someone, it's about getting enough consoles out there to warrant 3rd party support.

So yes, it doesn't matter which console releases first or which console sells the most, what matters is that it sells well enough to get support. Unfortunately this distinction gets distorted when talking about sales figures and even I sometimes get drawn into it.

On a side note: with the Wiiu getting a bigger storage medium, it's imperative that the 720 does too, otherwise we'll get the same situation we had this gen where 3rd parties hacked huge chunks off their games and then sold them as DLC later. No thanks

In fact, the Wiiu could help lengthen this gen simply because devs have the option of making a 360 version and a PS3 version of any games coming to it (once the ports have run out). Clearly Wiiu devs are going to have to cater for the traditional controller too, so there's no reason for that extra screen with the ports. There are some workarounds as I've mentioned before, but regardless, Wiiu devs have that option

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the bastards1363d ago (Edited 1363d ago )

"We've never been first, we've never been cheapest, it's about being best."

...It's that mentality that's going to make sony file for bankruptcy. Investing on vita, gaikai for $380 million, an other $600 console in the making. they need to slow down, they're spending too much on their investments. they need to make back some of that.

what ever happened to the old $299 console days?

Jockamo1363d ago

In my opinion, it's not the release date that made the PS3 not as successful as they had hoped, it's the speed at which devs picked up the technology. I think if they focus on making it easy for the devs, then they can come back easily next gen.

torchic1363d ago (Edited 1363d ago )

@Jockamo

no, only reason Sony didn't dominate this gen was that $599 price tag.

$399 launch price and the PS3 would've been doing PS2 numbers, maybe more

@the bastards

Sony is a high end electronics manufacturer. they only know one thing and that's to build quality electronics, and you pay for what you get. finding a reason for Sony's recent slump of form is difficult, but it definitely isn't because they take their time to make quality goods, and then sell them at high prices. it's been working for them for about two decades, and has now suddenly stopped.

I blame complacency and lack of advertising but yeah it's hard.

Jockamo1363d ago

Yeah that was a pretty arrogant opening price...you're probably right.

tehpees31363d ago

They were first last gen though. If you ignore Dreamcast. Its honestly hard to say when Sony will launch next generation. They are focusing on making Vita successful and making PS3 as profitable as possible.

But yes, it will hurt them if they are last out the gate.

akaakaaka1363d ago (Edited 1363d ago )

in other words be a fool,
dont wait for a new xbox or ps, waste your money and buy the wiiu..
smart inseption, make people think on not waiting for a real next gen console.

plus f&^ what ever Sony or m$ says they lie and lie over and over again...

i will be really mad they they don't really give us a real true amazing new teach.... all this waiting is to much already

vinniects1363d ago

why can't I buy a Wiiu, and wait for the shocker, The Next Xbox and PS4. Nintendo this year, most likely microsoft next year, and sony the year after. I'm a gamer first i'll find a way to spend the money on all three. To many great games exclusive to each company. No need hate on any system. And if you can't afford to get them all, then pick the one or two that you think will be the best for you. only a fool would pass up a system based on graphics alone. base it on the games.

akaakaaka1362d ago

true some people will keep buying ps3 and 360 even once the ps4 is out... that does not change the fact that you could buy old teach "wiiu"

Anon19741363d ago (Edited 1363d ago )

Mika said "They can't let MS beat them to it. Otherwise it would just might be a repeat of this gen."

Honest question, why wouldn't Sony want a repeat of this gen? The PS3 has handily outsold the 360 since they were available head 2 head despite being the most expensive console by far during the worst economic downturn we've seen since the great depression. That's not a secret. I'm sure they would have loved to see a repeat of the PS2 but the way it's going now the PS3 will probably break 100 million in the next 2-3 years.

SuperLupe1363d ago

They're still in last place though 6 years in, no matter how you spin it.
Nobody gets in a competition thinking it's ok to be last. You aim for first place and that's what Sony were aiming for when they launched the PS3. They never would have imagined that things would turn out they way they did.

aawells071363d ago (Edited 1363d ago )

Your smoking some serious crack kid. Sources? Didnt think so.

StreetsofRage1363d ago

This darkrider kid sure does live in lala land. That's how desperate these sony fanboys have gotten. The evidence and facts are clear as day, yet they refuse to believe them and stick with their fantasy world. These kids actually believe in their own lies.

doogiebear1363d ago

I dont care who comes out first, my ps3 has plenty to play until ps 4 releases. So i can wait comfortably. Plus, with graphics like MGS Ground Zeroes, Last of Us, and Watch Dogs, i'm content.

No way i'll buy a microsoft system, with their lack of exclusives, xbox live fee's, and kinect-only support. If they fix those issues, then i'll get both next gen.

Thatguy-3101363d ago

You know hopefully Sony goes last because being first isnt always good. I mean they will be the new kids in the block plus i bet if they were the ones releasing in 14 then it will be in the first few months. It could be that they are very secretive with info on their next console.

Shaman1363d ago

Both companies have "locked" the specs, first chip are going to production late this year and there is no way one will be 2014. I'll believe EA CEO over GS guy any day of the week.

black9111363d ago

Sonys only problem this Gen was

1.Online
2.Price
3.Controller (to Some)

Not Launch Date. But they still managed to sell over 65million and growing.

Kran1363d ago

Cause suddenly being first matters.....

(See what I did there YOUTUBERS!!! I HATE YOUR "FIRST" COMMENTS!!!!!)

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1363d ago

Sorry bUt both are important. Sony already lost a lot of market share compared to ps2 days. After 7 years being first to the market + quality should be there. They are not building a rocket ship.

subtenko1362d ago

What...take the PS2 off the shelves? NOOooo wait until a bit after the PS4 launches at least? That way we can reminisce and be like "Dang, we've come a long way! :D"

But oh well, guess they gotta prepare stuff ahead of time.. About Sony trying to be first; I think it would be interesting to see how it plays out, but I still want them to keep the quality or increase it even more.

Here's to next-gen folks.

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Shadonic1363d ago

i think there refering to the Wii U

WeskerChildReborned1363d ago

Nah Wii U is suppose to release this year.

Shadonic1363d ago

ahh ok well ms has had the most slip ups so its probably them.

ZoyosJD1363d ago

That doesn't mean that he isn't far enough out of the loop to be referencing the Wii U.

Think about it, no date at E3, and the fact that this guy PROBABLY doesn't troll N4G...He could totally be expecting it next year.

Thatguy-3101363d ago

Wii u also might be that console. I mean until this day many still ponder about that system and it has no hype what so ever. So maybe nintendo might release next yr instead.

Kran1363d ago

Wii U is out the end of this year.

Relientk771363d ago

I am excitied for E3 2013 for the Sony and Microsoft conferences, then we will find out if it is one console or two for 2013

ZeroX98761363d ago

I'll buy both of them after a while, but again, the console with the most exclusive that are NOT FPS, I'm buying it.

Drainage1363d ago

who cares. Wii U is the only console for 2013

BitbyDeath1363d ago

Wii U should be out this year...