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Submitted by DeeZee 1132d ago | opinion piece

PS4 Needs a Head Start

GR's DeShaun Zollicoffer writes:

Gamers love a good showdown, and it’s hard to imagine a better one than the PS4 and Next Xbox launching within weeks of each other. This would set the gaming world a blaze; diehards on both sides would revel in the madness. “Who will come out victorious, place your bets!” Predicting the winner of such a showdown should prove easy for any unbiased gamer, though, Microsoft wins. If Sony wants to outsell the Next Xbox in 2013 -- the PS4 needs a head start. (Microsoft, Next-Gen, PS3, Sony, Xbox 360)

The_Infected  +   1132d ago
I agree.
piroh  +   1132d ago
i would rather welcome latest futuristic technology like PS3 was. PS3 exclusives looks awesome thx to that
morkendo23  +   1132d ago
Agree, 720 has nothing to offer me except extra monthly fees, download content i dont want or need. rather have library of exclusive games.

PS4 all the way!!!
The_Infected  +   1132d ago
So what everyone want the PS4 to be last? I was just saying I'd like PS4 to come out first that's all. If it comes out later than the next Xbox then that still don't mean they will do worse they could do better but either way I'd like to see the PS4 come out first.
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Sci0n  +   1132d ago
Its not about how you start its about how you finish the race. Yes the 360 came out first but look how much better and how much more quality exclusives the PS3 has over Xbox. PS3 also launched with HDMI, wifi, bluray, blutooth, wireless rechargeable controllers and was the more durable console.
Ezz2013  +   1132d ago
why every one care soo much about sales ??!!
non of them won this war when it come to sales

every one here only talk about sales
this sold better ..this will sell better
this have better numbers .. this is outselling the other one
do any of you get check from MS or Sony ??!!!
NO why you care ?!!

but you are not the who should be blamed it's sites like vgchartes who put wrong numbers and people fall for it

i don't care if ps4 have a head start or xbox720 have a head start
i will only look for the console with the best tech and the best games
MysticStrummer  +   1132d ago
"Predicting the winner of such a showdown should prove easy for any unbiased gamer, though, Microsoft wins."

I'll be biased and get a PS4 whenever I can. That's where the games I want to play will be. Nintendo is a complete non factor for me, I have no interest in most MS exclusives, and even less interest in paying for what others get for free. If you can't, or don't want, to game on multiple platforms, you should go with the platform that has the games you want to play. For me that's PS and it's not even close. Sales numbers...? I didn't know or care about them while I played my PS2, and the only reason I know about them now is the cesspool known as N4G. As long as my favorite platform sells enough to be supported, that's all I care about. What my friends buy is another non factor. I could have followed my impatient friends and bought a 360 like they did, but they all ended up trading them for PS3s anyway so I'll just go my own way as usual.
3-4-5  +   1132d ago
PS controller is lame. They need a new re-design.

It's so akward to controll and poorly designed compared to the Xbox 360 or SNES controller.
BitbyDeath  +   1132d ago
The controller itself is fine but they need to do something about the L2/R2 buttons, they were much better on the PS2 controller.

Can't seem to put my controller down without one or both setting off.
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Catoplepas  +   1132d ago
"Predicting the winner of such a showdown should prove easy for any unbiased gamer, though, Microsoft wins."

Last I checked the PS3 consistently outsold the 360.

You may need to re-evaluate that bias of yours.
Knight_Crawler  +   1132d ago
@ Catopleas - Still does not change the fact that Sony loss a major chunk of gamers to MS.

People forget quickly what a power house the PS1 and PS2 was and even Sony them selfs knew that which was why the they were so arrogant with the PS3 pricing it at $600 and making statements like next gen doe not start until we say so and you can get two jobs to afford a PS3.

The Xbox is the youngest of the 3 and people are not giving MS enough credit for making the 360 a true competitor and threat to the PlayStation brand.

Every one was ragging of the 360 and saying that Sony will kill it like they killed the Dream Cast - remember that the original Xbox sold poorly and the Red Ring fiasco did not help the 360, name one company that could have survived that.

Yes the PS3 is selling well but give credit to MS for giving the PS3 a run for its money and for being in the position to release another console next gen.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   1132d ago
And that's the truth. I couldn't said it better my self.

Sony's doing very good right now but the Xbox did make a name for themselves this gen. Only because MS new what was at stake 2nd time around. I just hope MS doesn't get extremely confident and slips up come next gen.
MrBeatdown  +   1132d ago

What does anything he said have to do with giving Microsoft credit?

Yeah, Microsoft did great this generation. But the fact remains... Microsoft's best performance and Sony's worst performance has resulted in a tie, even after Microsoft's head start. Very impressive. Let's all give the plucky underdog multi-billion dollar corporation a pat on the back for being the little engine that could.

Let's look at facts. Microsoft threw everything they had at Sony. An early launch. A massive price advantage. Acquiring many of the PS1 and PS2's defining franchises.

What did it get Microsoft? A tie. A tie that, if the sales trends remain consistent, could turn into a third place finish.

And now the author of this article acts as if any unbiased gamer can easily see that Sony's only path to success is launching early, just to fight of MS's marketing?

Sorry, but Catoplepas has it right. MS proved they can be competitive with Sony, but they haven't proved "to any unbiased gamer" that they would undoubtedly win in a head to head showdown, especially one in which Sony comes out of the gate strong.
rainslacker  +   1132d ago

I would love to see Sony come out of the gate like they did with the PS1. They had so much momentum, and were the most exciting thing to happen for a long time in the industry. People that weren't around back then just don't seem to realize how game-changing the PS1 was.
Belking  +   1132d ago
Next time you should read the entire article, not just the first few sentences. The article makes sense when you look at things like advertising. Sony won't win any wars when it comes to that( mainly because of cash reserves) but they always make up with it by providing a strong lineup of 1st party titles. That alone will keep the ps4 as a strong contender for next gen, but they do have their work cut out for them. PS3 didn't start as strong and wasn't profitable for them as soon as they envisioned but they won't make the same mistake next time. One thing for sure that it is difficult when you go up against someone like MS who is willing to just spend, spend,and spend some more. it makes things more difficult because you have to try and match or better whatever they have to offer......

Some people laughed when MS showcases Kinect on TV shows or have music artist in Kinect ads but that is just smart marketing... Usher and TV host Ellen are bound to sell more of a product than Kevin Butler because out side of gaming no one knows who he is. I know some of you will disagree but it's just the way i see things.
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StrongMan  +   1132d ago
"Usher and TV host Ellen are bound to sell more of a product than Kevin Butler because out side of gaming no one knows who he is."

Usher was used to advertise Dance Central 3 and it only sold 400k so your logic is flawed.
Hicken  +   1132d ago
Sony CAN "win wars" when it comes to advertising. It's not necessarily about spending the most, but spending wisely, so Sony can match Microsoft in marketing the way they do with games: quality.

The first party games will come, and companies like ATLUS and others will continue producing third party exclusives for Sony. There's really no need to worry about them on that front.

And while you say it's difficult, Sony seems to have matched and surpassed Microsoft in units sold(to say nothing of fielding so many devices at once). It's actually more accurate to say Microsoft only managed to make it as far as they did because of their propensity to spend, spend, spend, and spend some more.

What was Ellen selling? StrongMan debunked you with Usher, and though I like Ellen, I can't see her being THAT influential. She's not Oprah. And I may be mistaken, but did the Kevin Butler commercials only show up on TVs that gamers were watching? I could have sworn all sorts of people were able to see those ads.

You may say you're unbiased or something, but that just makes it more ironic that every comment you make regarding Sony and/or Microsoft has the same "Sony did good, BUT" tone to it.
Proeliator  +   1132d ago

Oh, so sales in the US - the largest market - don't count?

Sound logic.
Proeliator  +   1132d ago
360 has been the number one selling console for 23 months now.

Not sure if you know math, but that's almost two years.

Keep living in a bubble.
Ezz2013  +   1132d ago
"360 has been the number one selling console for 23 months now."

he's talking about world wide numbers
while you are talking about USA numbers
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Catoplepas  +   1132d ago
I am indeed referring to worldwide numbers.

I suggest you take your own advice.
MysticStrummer  +   1132d ago
The sales gap has shrunk consistently since PS3 launched. Not sure if you know math, but that means PS3 sells more.

Keep practicing your arithmetic.
jessupj  +   1132d ago
Ironic how you talk about living in a bubble when you're only talking about the US sales.

Not sure if you know basic geography, but there's a whole lot more out there than just the US.
Rockubot  +   1132d ago
I would have to say Xbox 720 should take a headstart instead.
hardcorehippiez  +   1132d ago
id say its going to need it , after the fiasco of rrod i know a lot of people thats not going to touch an xbox until they see if it is reliable.
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Belking  +   1132d ago
You are missing the point here. When you advertise a game, you aren't only doing just that. You are also advertising xbox360. Out of those 400,000 copies sold I'll bet that some xbox360s went right along with them. How do you think MS has sold 73 million consoles so far? It's called good business and smart advertising. Something you obviously know nothing about. You just stick to trolling. You seem to know that area pretty well. You are pretty pitiful as usual.
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MadMen  +   1132d ago
Per Usual, SONY taking their time was because of cockiness last time, a mistake I hope to not see them make again if they plan to be competitive out of the gate.

A few months is one thing, a year is another.
dirthurts  +   1132d ago
Actually, if you recall correctly they delayed the PS3 due to problems getting the blu ray drives to work properly.
They put more time into it, and thus ended up with a more reliable console. Good call, but still put them behind a bit.
sashimi  +   1132d ago
I highly doubt cockiness has anything with release dates of consoles.

MICROSOFT must've been cocky ass sh*t to release the 360 with RROD though thats for sure. Just to be first on the market and to be immortalized WW as that gaming machine that brakes down most of the time.
stonecold3  +   1132d ago
ps4 will have xbox 720 even if it came out roughly the same day it would be great and watch the ps4 will sell out will very quickly
Max-Zorin  +   1132d ago
All I know is I'll be getting both the PS4 and the next Xbox. And the hatred between PS and Xbox fanboys will be funny to watch next gen like this one.
Riderz1337  +   1132d ago
They don't need a head start. If they release their consoles at the same time then Sony would have a higher chance of having higher sales (Assuming they don't do anything stupid with the PS4).
jessupj  +   1132d ago
Actually, from a core gamers POV I think Sony is the obvious choice. It's all about the games, and Sony has proven far and above that they will produce the games.

MS on the hand has proven they're willing to produce the same games, releasing 2-3 decent exclusives for the whole year and focusing on the casual market.

I think if they released at the same time Sony would pull well ahead.
brew  +   1132d ago
I don't think Sony really needs to be 1st or even come out at the same time , but giving Microsoft about a full year headstart in North America ..... and an 18 months headstart in Europe would be very unwise.

I think they'll opt for an early 2014 launch for the PS4 and mid-year for PAL regions.

Launch (or summer) games - Guerrilla , Evolution , SuckerPunch , MLB The Show 14 , Planetside 2 .... and Uncharted 4 for holiday 2014 !
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DigitalRaptor  +   1132d ago
With all the mainstream media doom and gloom, an inferior online network, an almost neglectful marketing approach, and a challenging architecture for developers, the PS3 still managed to sell more than 360 each year whilst both were on the market. The 360's near 10 million lead is down to almost nothing.

Sony have improved almost all aspects of their gaming presence besides marketing. Now that they have PlayStation Plus, Gaikai, a strong first party support, supposed developer friendly AMD processor, and what will clearly be a much improved online network with enough RAM to perform background tasks like cross game chat, party system and more, possible launch titles like SOE's PlanetSide 2 - they will perform just as well. I'm sorry but if you think Sony is in a bad position going into next gen, you're not thinking straight.
UnitSmiley  +   1131d ago
I still say the only reason Microsoft saw any success this gen is because of how they portray themselves, and people not knowing any better. Like at E3 where all they show is multiplatform games and celebrities but still act like they are awesome.

They established themselves as the cool brand to own, but not the quality one. A lot of people I know who claim the 360 is better don't actually know jack about games. But in their mind the popular choice = the right choice.

I have had to explain the difference between mutliplat and exclusive games to far too many people who prefer the 360. When you talk about the amount of exclusives Playstation has or how it's online (even the free version let alone PS+) rivals the 360 they change the subject.

I've sat down on numerous occasions and have shown people trailers for The Last of Us and they get really excited about it. They ask when it's coming out, if there are any preorder bonuses ect. Then I tell them it's a Playstation exclusive and they just go "ohh.." and then shy away or change the topic. These people are my friends too! I feel bad that they are missing out on great games.

Or what's worse is when they actively attack a game that isn't on their system, but when the next iteration is going to be multiplat they squeal.

"Demons souls? Oh yeah, I heard that game sucked, it was way too hard or something"
*Dark Souls releases and is multiplat*
"Dude I effing love this game" -_-

Unfortunately in the US everything is a freaking popularity contest. Regardless of what great things Sony can offer, if it isn't being talked about by all their friends and their mothers then most "gamers" don't actually care.

Anyone I know who actually enjoys videogames and is passionate about the media prefers PS3 for it's wider variety of exclusives and it's focus on core gaming. That's not to say 360 doesn't have it's gems. I actually like Gears. Never much of a fan of Halo but whatever.

I don't mean to attack the actual gamers who prefer 360 (though i'll never understand your reasoning) but at least in my experiences (I live in the US) with my own friends even! is that the bulk of the fanbase are sheep who don't actually care about gaming, they just do it to stay socially relevant.
black911  +   1131d ago
360 sales are MIsleading!!!!!! RROD is what pushed 360 sales.
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