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Submitted by DBergmark 1113d ago | opinion piece

Editorial: Why the Playstation 4 isn't coming out this year

Drew Bergmark of I don't think the 'Playstation 4' will come out in 2013 for several different reasons which all of them include the concurrent success of the Playstation 3. (PS2, PS3, Sony, Tokyo Game Show)

blue_flowers  +   1113d ago
this article makes some valid points but i disagree. i think Sony isn't going to want to make two launches in a row as the last one out of the gate. also it seems from all the rumors microsoft and sony will be vary close in specs so im sure any longer time waiting wont give any advantage on the tech side to sony. especially when it comes to specs and cost ratio, no way is sony in this american economy going to launch a system with significantly better specs than the nextbox, they just can't afford a high launch price when they know the nextbox is targeting that $350-$399 sweet spot. so i think that whole, "we'll let microsoft announce their console first" is all marketing and competitor talk just to get hype and throw jabs at microsoft's marketing team.

next are the games, most exclusives for the playstation 3 are going to out buy summer 2013, any other announced exclusives with no release date (last guardian) most likely slipped into the launch window of the playstation 4. also i would bet that with all the HD remakes of past playstation exclusives, any playstation 3 exclusive titles shipping later in 2013 will be ported as playstation 4 launch window titles.

lastly the different system bundles and playstation 3 models are telling me they want to go after as many late adopters BEFORE the playstation 4 announcement. they did a similar thing back with the playstation 2 slim. i think this is sony's last stand in big sales with playstation 3 before the steady decline aer the playstation 4 announcement and launch. the only other marketing gimmick to get more juice out of the system would be a spring/summer price cut, which would make a lot more sense after the inevitable playstation 4 announcement.
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iamnsuperman  +   1113d ago
"Sony isn't going to want to make two launches in a row as the last one out of the gate. also it seems from all the rumors microsoft and sony will be vary close in specs so im sure any longer time waiting wont give any advantage on the tech side"

Sony have already come out and said they will nto launch last. So when Microsoft says they are releasing theirs then you can bet Sony will be doing it at the same time as well. It will be interesting if we get same day launches.
blue_flowers  +   1113d ago
exactly, its no longer 2005/2006. gaming has become a huge market especially in the u.s. and both Microsoft and Sony have seen large growth in audience and profits, not to mention the larger install base of gamers in general. this year will definitely be a huge match up between console giants at E3 and launch later this fall. i keep cracking up, because people thought console wars and fanboys were bad this year, wait until these fucking consoles are both announced and launched. the internet will quite literally explode.
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Ezz2013  +   1113d ago
actually, most members of this site read what Kaz said in the wrong way
He did not say he will leave MS launches xbox720 first

BUT he said sony will let MS to *unveil* the new xbox first

key word here "unveil" not "launch"

And this in order to know what the price MS will have for the new Xbox
and that would give sony a chance to give a price close to nextbox or similar to it

both will launch in the same year (whatever that year is) but sony will let them show xbox first
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kingmushroom  +   1113d ago
the console will launch when its ready
Red_Orange_Juice  +   1113d ago
that is very likely
Larry L  +   1113d ago
Games launch "when they're ready".

Consoles launch when the market's ready.

And I don't think the market's ready for new console hardware just yet.
I think the market's ready for new consoles to be announced, but not even close to ready for release.

Game development takes alot of time as well, and most devs are still busy with current gen hardware with big games scheduled to come out through the Fall.

Also, I really doubt either MS or Sony is going to announce and reveal new hardware at E3 or earlier for Sony at Destination PlayStation that's going to come out just 6 or so months later (this Holiday season).

The very earliest PS4 is going to come out is Spring 2014, and I really suspect it's going to be Fall 2014. Because I think there are still plenty of big current gen titles that havn't even been announced yet....and there are plenty of others we know about but still don't have dates.

My prediction for E3 is both MS and Sony will reveal and both will launch Fall 2014, though one of them may fast-track it to Spring 2014. Anyone who thinks this year is out of their mind.
kingmushroom  +   1113d ago
i agree with you
socialkarma  +   1113d ago
I'm still skeptical about a 2014 release, only beacuse we have no details on games coming at the end of this year and so many games in the first half. Until that happens or we're offically told otherwise im going to go with a November 2013 release.
BitbyDeath  +   1113d ago
Pretty much this.
Plagasx  +   1113d ago
The system will be out this year with an E3 unveil.

It'll be pure suicide to go another year without a PS4. Not only that, but MS will have another head start on Sony and they clearly don't want that again...
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Zoron007  +   1113d ago
Doesn't it seem like a bad marketing idea to announce a console and release it only a few months later? Most consoles are announced a year prior at least.
socialkarma  +   1113d ago
The official unveiling of the Xbox 360 occurred on May 12, 2005 with a November 22, 2005 release date in the U.S and to say they've done well this gen would be an understatement.
WooHooAlex  +   1113d ago
Based on Kaz Hirai's comment of letting Microsoft announce first, I'm guessing Sony is pretty much ready to show the PS4 whenever. The only way the PS4 will come out in 2014 is if there is a major manufacturing problem that forces them to delay the launch for a few months.

I'm still gonna say it will come out in early November for $399.
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BitbyDeath  +   1113d ago
Also already been said that they're ready to show it as early as May.
blackbirdi  +   1113d ago
i m sick of this next gen blabla
WooHooAlex  +   1113d ago
I'm sick of the dumb rumors of which console will be most powerful, but I LOVE all this speculation, predictions and debate leading up to the announcements.
blackbirdi  +   1113d ago
exactly what i feel man !!! let sony and M$ make their announcement and then let'S debate
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araman  +   1113d ago
Then might I suggest you frequent another site for the next 6 months or so!
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1113d ago
I hope Gamers, journalists, and anylists really didn't expect Sony was gonna trail along behind MS? Sony has a different game plan than MS. Not "Ok MS releasing their next gen in late 2013, therefor we have to."

Sony will do whatever it has to do to benefit itself. Sony doesn't have any real plans to launch first. And honestly, if Sony has to they'll release they're console 6 months to year if it was good for their buissness.

Sony already revealed they're strategy, to not only let MS launch first but take some notes from MS pricing, games, media and overall reaction. Sony knows MS doesn't stick around with old hardware for very long also.

I stated it once and I'll state it again. All the nay sayers that aren't excited or looking forward to MS E3 unveiling of the new Xbox are liars.

When they see a powerful new system with brand new games and yes NEW IP"S and a brand new XBL service negative people will get excited and want it.

I'm looking forward to both PS4 and Xbox 720 nonetheless. But Sony is playing a very smart move by letting MS show ALL its cards first.
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BitbyDeath  +   1113d ago
That article was talking about letting MS announce first nothing was said about who would release first.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   1113d ago
Oh which one will announce first? Oh ok I see what Sony is up to now. Thanks for the clear up.
BitbyDeath  +   1113d ago
No worries :-)
tigertron  +   1113d ago
I'd say late 2013 at the earliest and spring 2014 at the very latest.
Belking  +   1113d ago
If MS reveals first they will release first. You can bet on that.
Hicken  +   1113d ago
Based on what? Sony's comment about letting Microsoft unveil first reeks of confidence. On the other hand, Microsoft isn't saying much of anything about the 360.

At best, they're letting the 360's lineup speak for what they plan to do. Sony's doing that, too. Both of their software release windows hint at late year releases of new hardware.

I don't see how you can be confident in something with absolutely NO information WHATSOEVER.
Belking  +   1113d ago
Ah, it's the 1 bubble bandit

You can believe all that PR crap about"letting" them reveal first if you want to. They have no choice because they know the next xbox is further along than they are but the final specs are done for both, so it's not like sony can go and change anything. It makes no sense. Kaz is just preparing people for the news that xbox720 will release first. Watch and see.
FrigidDARKNESS  +   1113d ago
He truth is they are so far behind developement we may see it late 2014 or early 2015 ....but kaz will tell us lies and spin it with a cockamamy story saying he wants MS to go first.
stefan771  +   1113d ago
I don't think it will release until 2015. Devs are getting the final specs this year. They need time to develop some launch games.
mochachino  +   1113d ago
Concurrent with what?

I wouldn't mind if Sony or MS waited for the other to release first, assessed the competitions specs then released 3 months after with better hardware.

99% of my favourite games are multiplats, this has been the only gen where the later released console didn't surpass the former in the graphics department for every multiplat (Xbox looked better than PS2, PS2 better than Dreamcast, etc). I don't believe the mistake will be repeated, which will make my first console purchase easy.

Eventually, I'll get them both or one and build a gaming PC.
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black911  +   1113d ago
To many games being Released! GTA5 for starters. Also gamers like myself arent ready for next gen.
hellvaguy  +   1106d ago
If Ps4 releases a few months to no more than 1 year after MS, I don't think it will be a huge deal for them. People mostly already have their minds made up which company has their undying loyalty even before they release.

Plus a lot of people looking for the latest graphics fix are supplementing the pc gaming anyway.

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