Why Sony shouldn't release the PS4 in 2013

Rumors are floating around that the next Xbox and PlayStation might release in 2013. Many say Sony needs to release their console along with Microsoft to avoid falling behind. Here's why Sony might be better off pushing their launch into 2014.

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KangarooSam2013d ago

Because they need to focus on bringing up the Vita.

And I also just got my PS3 and would like to see it have some more support, that may be biased, though :P

Ezz20132013d ago

ps3 will get support for a long time after the ps4 don't worry .. this is sony after all

darthv722012d ago (Edited 2012d ago )

if you just got your ps3 then you should look at the big back catalog of titles as a sign of support.

i understand people wanting to look forward but if you just recently got into these systems, go back and get some of the best they have to offer and start there.

you wont be disappointed.

LOGICWINS2013d ago

The PS3 will be supported for AT LEAST another 5 years.

Belking2013d ago

Yep, but it's because they have too. They can't afford not to.

Ezz20132013d ago

no they don't ...but they will since that what they always do
ps4 will be out and ps3 will still get support for a long time

i wanna ask you
will you be happy if MS dropped xbox360 for the nextxbox ?!

MikeMyers2013d ago

Nobody knows how much support the PS3 will get post PS4. You cannot rely on past practices because we are in different times now. For one thing the PS2 dominated the charts for years and was the highest selling console of all time. This generation we had 3 strong players.

As far as Sony having reasons not to come out with the PS4 next year I can think of a few.

1. Put more focus on Vita
2. Still lots of room for the PS3's price to come down
3. We are still seeing great games on it
4. Sony needs to generate revenue with the existing hardware. New hardware might be sold at a loss once again.

Outside_ofthe_Box2013d ago

***"Yep, but it's because they have too. They can't afford not to."***

I sense a stealth jab here.

What do you mean that "they can't afford not to?" If it's profitable, why would you drop support for it even you could afford to drop it?

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Maddens Raiders2013d ago (Edited 2013d ago )

Simple. Because the PS3 is fantastic atm and has a lot on offer going into the short and midterm.

To the guy below using the logic, that SNE needs to release it [PS4] in concert w/ MS's machine, so they won't be "behind in sales" is like Ferrari saying, "we're going to release a new Italia in 2013 in order to keep pace with Cadillac CTS sales."

This will never happen for many reasons. This is not the mindset of a quality manufacturer who sets out to build the best for their customers to enjoy for many years. You just do it.

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xflo3602012d ago

Truth is theyHAVE to release ps4 in 2013 or they will get left behind again. xbox720 is coming next year so sony have no choice also they cant give nintendo too big a start or nintendo will win before its even started!

UnholyLight2012d ago

So because you only just got a current gen console us guys who've had one for 6 years should wait longer? Ooookay then lol

KangarooSam2012d ago

Jesus Christ! I said "I may be biased" it was a god damn joke.

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jar1552013d ago

I agree fully. The Vita needs to get on track in 2013 or it's going to die off. Sony needs to rally the Vita or else they'll be launching one system as another dies a very early death.

5eriously2013d ago

I cannot fathom the Vita comment at all. I see the Vita as an extension to the PSx and not as an replacement. Sure the Vita is a console on its own but I for one will buy it to extend my PS3 not to replace it. I just hope that Sony lives up to the promise that the portable devices like Vita, Xperia and other devices will still integrate with the fixed consoles when the PS4 and beyond are released.

R6ex2012d ago

Vita is last-gen.

Smartphones are outperforming the Vita.

Sony should learn from Samsung, and release new and more powerful hardware every year. That's why Samsung is beating Apple at its own game.

Riderz13372013d ago

They don't have a choice...They can NOT let Microsoft release the Xbox first again. Look at year on year sales, the PS3 has sold more than Xbox but because Xbox released a year before it's still ahead.

LOGICWINS2013d ago

Who cares if the 360s ahead? As long as Sony sells enough hardware to keep delivering on enjoyable exclusive games, it doesn't make a difference.

Riderz13372013d ago

Shareholders see that Sony is in last place. Doesn't look good.

LOGICWINS2013d ago

Shareholders care about profit. When Sony eventually makes that profit, they will receive shareholder approval. Sony doesn't NEED to "beat" Microsoft, they just need to do well.

Ducky2013d ago (Edited 2013d ago )

Assuming that both MS and Sony are competing for the same market, if one gets an early start then that is significant.

While there are some that can afford and will buy both systems, the reality is that in a lot of cases consumers will pick one. A sale earned by MS is a sale lost by Sony and vice versa.
The platform that releases early often ends up being purchased by those looking for a new system, which means they're less likely to buy the other new system that gets released a year later.

Neither MS and Sony NEED to beat the other in releasing first, but the one that jumps out of the gate first will likely have more initial success... while the other will likely endure half-hearted ports until it picks up speed and builds a comparable playerbase of its own.
So releasing first is something desirable.

xflo3602012d ago

actually it does matter, look at sonys losses for last year!
Its time for sony to wage war!!

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catguykyou2013d ago

The year start is not the only reason. Yes it helped, but because of hardware shortages, the first year is never a huge boom in sales for any company. Sonys high price gave them even lower sales the first year - two years of the console being out. That combined with the year head start gave MS the huge lead.

Ezz20132013d ago (Edited 2013d ago )

ps3 is not in 3rd place any more
ps3-hits-70m-to-go-neck-and-n eck-with-xbox-360
both are tie in 2nd place

i think ps3 by now already passed the xbox360 numbers

Belking2013d ago

Hate to break it to ya but xbox is almost at 73 million. They just sold over 1 million last month alone.

animegamingnerd2013d ago

i think sony's top priority is to get the vita on track or else it will be a failure they are already losing a lot of money from their other divisions so releasing a PS4 that is a huge leap and cost at least over 500 dollars spells trouble

Pillsbury12013d ago

Sony does not have to, those that will get a ps4 will get one regardless of when 720 is released. I can see that people are impatient to wait for next gen, I too want to see where Sony will take our gaming to the future.

Hicken2013d ago

I don't think they HAVE to, but I don't see any reason why they WOULDN'T. People seem to be under the impression that they can't support their current systems and pour resources into the PS4 at the same time.

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