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Submitted by GreenRanger 1170d ago | opinion piece

Xbox 720: No Breathing Room From Sony This Time Around? The transition of the Xbox 720 and the Sony PS4 have been too long in the coming. This was what the CEO of Ubisoft recently said. Michael Pachter has been talking again and he now “gave” a release date for the Sony console, saying that the company did not want to be a year behind Microsoft as they were with the current generation of consoles. (Microsoft, Next-Gen, Sony)

konnerbllb  +   1170d ago
Pachter is wrong more often than right. You can pretty much take what he says and expect the opposite. Xbox will launch first, how long? That's anyone's guess. Could be a day, could months.

After reading the article they are going off of Sony saying that letting MS get a year head start was a bad idea. When asked about next gen at E3 Sony said they have never been first, they have never been cheap. With that type of answer I don't expect them to be on the heels of the next gen xbox.
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The_Infected  +   1170d ago
I think your wrong. PS4 will launch around the same time as Xbox 720 or before.
Akuma-  +   1170d ago
i cant wait to get all next gen consoles xbox 720 and ps4.
Septic  +   1170d ago
I actually can't believe it's been 6 years since the advent of this generation of gaming. Doesn't feel like so long but when I think about it, I was in the first year of uni at the time, staring at screenshots of Kameo (something which, ironically, I never bought).

Sony can't afford to be o.n the back foot this time in my opinion.

However, I don't think it would be the end if they did release later IF the specs of their next console are clearly superior in which case, the other two would be in real trouble.

Interesting times ahead. I honestly can't wait for the reveal.
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irepbtown  +   1170d ago
I can only wish to get all next gen consoles.
I'll go for PS4 first as I've had every Sony console since PS1 (including PSP and PSP Go).
I'm currently saving up for a Vita but if there's an announcement about the PS4 early next year, I might have to wait longer to get my hands on the Vita.

720 will definitely be on my radar though. If I can afford them both, I will definitely, 100%, grab them with both hands.
Highlife  +   1170d ago

Are you serious, how dare you get both consoles. You need to draw a line in the sand and take a side. Talk crap about the other and only praise yours. You are nothing but a xbot ps3fangirl. /:
Jobesy  +   1170d ago
I'll wait at least a year after PS4/720 comes out to get one. I'll let others be beta testers on the new hardware/software. 1st year bugs always suck.
The_Infected  +   1170d ago

How dare you talk like that! Console racism will not be accepted on here! Either you get both or join the console wars on here:)
SuperSonic266  +   1170d ago
Why would sony say they would release the ps4 first? that would just encourage microsoft to beat them to the punch

Sony is acting smart here
konnerbllb  +   1170d ago
Sony and smart don't belong in the same sentence. Wonderbook anyone?
Highlife  +   1170d ago

Surface anyone? Kinect?
Just cause I don't like that stuff doesn't mean they shouldn't make it.
I have no intrest in wonder book but understand that maybe kids will. I think it would be fun to sit with my kids and watch them play that game. But you are too short sided to see that.
fermcr  +   1170d ago
I'll keep a close eye on the consoles (WiiU, PS4, X720) but I'm in no rush to purchase any one of them. I've never purchase a console at launch. Have no preference in a specific console, and i'll chose the one that i find the most interesting. Preferences are for blind fanboys.
Muerte2494  +   1170d ago
Well if...
we're going off of your logic, I guess my "Fanboyism" paid off because my Ps3 still has it's emotion Engine inside. So while everyone is buying HDremakes, I'm just buying the ps2 version for like $3.
Captain Qwark 9  +   1170d ago
i disagree. i prefer my 360 more than the others but i still bought a wii and ps3. this upcoming gen i will be buying a ps4 and 720 and i will buy them both on launch day. chances are i will still play my 720 the most but it wouldnt stop me from getting both at launch since being a gamer my whole life, logic tells me they will both provide something unique and worth getting them for
ATi_Elite  +   1170d ago
PS4 will launch 6 months after the Next Box!

Shareholders and a Lower Credit rating will not allow Sony Corp to sit by for another year while Microsoft rakes in free money on a Next gen console with out competition from Sony!

Not happening this time around!
THC CELL  +   1170d ago
My point will be this dont let Sony rush the ps4 we dont need a ylod moment cause lets.face it the 360 was rushed and blod moment. Dont forget the next consoles will be hotter then current consoles.
TheLyonKing  +   1170d ago
Good move I reckon the ps3 would have been ahead of the 360 if it wasn't a year later but that is in the past now and a new era of consoles are coming.

All consoles past 70 million shipped all have done well.

I can't wait to see these new powerhouses
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1170d ago
still to comeback after being a year behind makes me think ps4 will out sell 720 if released at the same time. People tend to mention it like it's nothing. I mean a full year + a bad launch? and still come back for second place? And on top of that sony is the only company the focuses on core gamers. I am impressed to see that in today's world. That simple fact make me want sony to be the dominant console next gen like the ps2 days..

I expect ps4 launch to be great.

I have no interest in halo, gears or forza I have (alan wake on pc) That just what it is.

But yeah any console not just sony that focuses on core gaming gets thumbs up for me. Nintendo seems to be heading in that direction I hope.
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PirateThom  +   1170d ago
I think it's going to be a case of who blinks first for a release date, both will want to be out first, but they may hold off on release dates until the other releases theirs meaning it will be short notice between announcement and launch.
Fishy Fingers  +   1170d ago
When your investing tens of millions in product design, placement, point of sale, advertising, working with retail partners, software developers etc you have to have a plan in place. You can't simply wait and react to the competition. Launch windows will have been nailed down long before launch or the competitor releasing their schedule.
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Dms2012  +   1170d ago
lol someone disagreed with that?
SuperSonic266  +   1170d ago
The Playstation is a force! a force that will run through everyone!

I'm calling it, 200m PS4 units sold by 2015
Eyeco  +   1170d ago
A bit too optimistic, i think the PS4 will have healthy sales maybe more than the PS3 if Sony learned their lesson and plays their card's right.

Considering that the PS3 was by far the most expensive console for like 3 years(2-3 times that of the competition when launched) the last console to be launched, had a slow start with games, lost a 3rd party support, and had a weaker marketing strategy, It still managed to snag a phenomenal 70 million sales and still selling, when you consider all those hurdles its a miracle they were ever able to pull through, power of the brand I guess.

Point being if the PS3 can reach a number like that with all those hurdles, if Sony play's their cards right with the PS4 no doubt it'll do better, but 200 million is a bit ridiculous especially in 2 years
Muerte2494  +   1170d ago
I don't think...
he was completely serious about that number, just saying. But you're right about the brand. We won't here about Holiday performance until January for Microsoft and February for Sony. Sony has brand power but I believe that Xbox has made a name for itself this generation. I personally, have more faith in Sony's 1st party studios and Microsoft. So this is why I'll probably be picking up a PS4 before and XBox720.
csreynolds  +   1170d ago
I'm genuinely curious: is N4G's Xbox segment full of articles that say Sony is better than Microsoft? Because there have been a hell of a lot of Xbox > PS posts appearing in the PS3 segment lately...
SuperSonic266  +   1170d ago
Only stating the truth
Muerte2494  +   1170d ago
It was just the title....
if you read the article, it's really just saying how Sony isn't going to allow Mircrosoft to have a year head start on them again. It's not bashing ps3 or praising Xbox in the least.

@SuperSonic266, IF Xbox360 was better then ps3 wouldn't sell at all in the US.
csreynolds  +   1170d ago
Ok, I accept that. I spoke too quickly. That said, there has been an increase in PS3-bashing articles in the last week or so, even if this isn't one of them.
from the beach  +   1170d ago
I think we'll get them both within like a month of eachother, making for an expensive Christmas 2013 lol.
Fishy Fingers  +   1170d ago
Sony, themselves, must of confirmed at least a year ago that they would release in a similar window to MS, certainly not allowing a sizeable head start again. Why do we need to keep questioning it?
PS4OUR  +   1170d ago
Why in gods green earth would Sony allow MS another full year headstart after playing catch-up (and surprisingly doing very well in the end) against the 360.
Sony are very much prepared for this next generation. I would not be too surprised if they announced their console first.
Belking  +   1170d ago
MS will launch first. No doubt about it. Sony won't follow til 2014 or even later. They just can't afford it right now.
Daver  +   1170d ago
you have no idea what they can afford.
Belking  +   1170d ago
"you have no idea what they can afford"

I know. That's why i said CAN'T afford.

I do know who is more financially stable right now no matter how much people try to deny it. Sony won't win the war when it comes to spending and resources.
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IRetrouk  +   1170d ago
Id say they have done a bang up job with the ps3. To come from 8mill behind and catch up was thought imposible at launch, look how its done. I mean the xbox has done well this gen aswell its done a brill job of getting more of a foot in this gen than last and i can only see both consoles selling even more. Wouldnt suprise me if all 3 consoles ended up at over 100 mill this gen. Which would be unheard of in the console space.
iNathan  +   1170d ago
200m Ps4 ?
For comparison Vita is at 3m in 1 year, probably 10m by 2150.

I dont see Ps4 doing 200m, maybe 90m.
cl1983  +   1170d ago
So 10 million units in 138 years?
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Kennytaur  +   1170d ago
Sounds about right at this rate. I hope it picks up.
Tzuno  +   1170d ago
Sony was Sony in the PS2 time now is a mere ghost. For now ill stick with 360.
Jek_Porkins  +   1170d ago
All the launched first stuff is pretty bogus anyway, the more important thing with console launches are price and launch titles.

Xbox 360 launched first and was still beaten badly by the Wii, the Wii appealed to a wider audience and had a cheaper price point. I would expect multiple SKU's from Microsoft and probably even a subsidized Xbox Next, which would allow people of every different type of income to buy one.

I think we'll see a pretty even next generation where all are concerned, I believe we are past the days where one company absolutely dominates, because we are entering an age where third party games are overshadowing exclusives, so as long as people can get their COD fix, play Assassins Creed, Battlefield and Fifa games, there wont be that high level of brand loyalty that we've seen in the past.
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NewZealander  +   1170d ago
I dont care who comes out first, and I can tell you from my past that I love the ps2 and never owend an xbox, untill the 360 came out, and as it was the first to release of this then I thought id buy it cos it was next gen, apart from the red ring of death problem it had I loved it, I got to try and see what all the fuss was with the halo games i picked up halo 1 and 2 real cheap and played them for the first time, after finishing halo 2 I was hooked on this franchise so I naturally could not wait for halo3, then there was forza, being a GT fan I thought id give forza 1 ago, got that game real cheap as well once I played that game I thought to myself what ppl have being saying about it being a beater racing sim than GT series was true since then ive played forza 1,2,3,4 and now Horizon.
Now I know these are only 2 games but they are 2 system seller games for me so no matter what console comes first ill be buying the next Xbox first, then wait for a ps4 price drop and pick that up later as I did with the ps3 which has being sitting in my lounge collecting dust this year, no games come out to my likeing this year, lats game i played was uncharted3 last year, since then ive played AC Revelations, Gears of War 3, Mass Effect 3, Forza Horizon, and now Halo 4, plan to get AC 3 next week, I play allthese games on my 360 (A) because they are exclusive or (B) because I stared playing them on the 360 and I like to own the game all on one console. playstation may have more exclusives but very few that I like, Microsoft may have few exclusives but the one's They do have I really love so for me Ill be buying the next xbox first and the next playstation when its cheap to buy, just my taste. Forza, Halo, and gears all the way for me vs Uncharted which I did love by the way.
plus Xbox live is way better than the ps store Yes I know you have to pay to play on line but you to pay for what you get right? and last of all the ps controller needs a revamp triggers hurt my fingers after a while from shotting games, 360 controller moulds to your hands and so much easier for playing games like Halo so I really hope they keep this design with a few tweaks here and there eg the D pad.
joeyisback  +   1170d ago
cant wait for PS4 to come got 360 first this gen got rrod wasnt into halo or fable or gears but first next gen ill buy PS4 maybe the next xbox but for now just PS4
ZBlacktt  +   1170d ago
Like it matters... each console has it's diehard followers. Then comes those interested that buy both. Last time around, the Xbox had a full year head start. It also had a worldwide launch of the console. A year later the PS3 comes out and is only sold in the US and Japan. Then in early 2007 it becomes available in Europe. Yet look at the total sells figures of today. It caught up pretty fast. Also recall when the PS3 came out, the games were limited because it was now Blu-ray and that market was nonexistent. Plus the console was $600.... So the PS4 will do very well again like the PS3 came along.

Does the X720 still plan on being a DVD player?
isyourhouseonfire  +   1170d ago
Sony letting MS get a head start in this generation was NOT a mistake. Any real gamer bought the x360 then gladly bought the PS3 once it came out. Even if you prefer the x360's online play and graphics, you still find a great use for the PS3 for exclusives and a blu ray player. Coming out late to the party does not hurt a console.

The PS3's issue is developers hate working with it. That issue exists whether it was first or last arriving. So go ahead and be late to the party, just don't bring something so difficult for developers to work with.
ZBlacktt  +   1169d ago
Sony's exclusive games win Game of the Year. Otherwise it's been a game on both consoles that's won. So Sony wins every time.

Lets not also forget that Sony already owns the #1 and #2 best selling game consoles in history.
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sdplisken  +   1170d ago
Gran Turismo 6
Uncharted 4
God of War 4
The Last of Us 2
Killzone 4
Demon's Souls 2
InFamous 3
The Last Guardian (or new ip from team ico)
FF vs 13
Quantic Dream next game
Media Molecule new ip
sucker punch new ip
santa monica new ip
guerilla games new ip
PS Plus
Basic Free online
easier to develop for
shooter friendly version of dualshock
competitive pricing and launch timing

RIP wiiU & xbox 720
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dubt72  +   1170d ago
Okay, so I see 3 things in that list that might interest me, the controller being the biggest.
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DivineAssault  +   1170d ago
Its not too long.. The PS3 just turned 6 yrs old so on the 7th yr, the newest machine will launch just like it has since ps2.. I dont want to buy new consoles every 4-5 years.. Every 7-8 yrs is good enough
Vickistheman  +   1170d ago
If Sony's learned anything from this gen, they will release shortly after the next xbox. Releasing 2-4 months within the xbox launch would give people a shorter wait time.

I think it's safe to say the next PS and MS consoles will be similar in power and features, so a difference in specs won't be a huge factor.

What will be interesting to see is what new controls Sony and MS will come out with if any, to counter the Wii U's gamepad.
NeoTribe  +   1170d ago
If sony releases after xbox again they are as good as done. They will fall like dreamcast.

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