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Could Sony revealing PS4 earlier than Xbox mean increased sales?

If Sony is releasing the PS4 ahead of the next Xbox, could it mean more sales for Sony's console? Michael Urban from OnlySP.com looks to past trends and successes to analyze why this might be the case, while leaving the topic open for discussion.

Do you think that in terms of consoles, the early bird gets the worm?

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DaThreats1271d ago

Showing you have a very powerful hardware..
Yes

DA_SHREDDER1271d ago

Not just that, but "teh gamz"

blackbeld1271d ago

"It came first. It released in 2000, a year before the Gamecube or Xbox."

Yep PS2 released early. before gamecube and xbox.

PS4 bring it on now. Let the fight begin!

yewles11271d ago

"It came first. It released in 2000, a year before the Gamecube or Xbox."

Saturn came out first, PS1 won.

Dreamcast came out first, PS2 won.

360 came out first, Wii won.

You can only congratulate MS for having the first head-start console in decades to have naught crashed and burned...

showtimefolks1271d ago

I don't think so, now releasing the system 3-6 months before could help a lot.

by revealing early you are giving MS all the attention at E3, now sony could talk about the new system and even show few game trailers but than finish everything by saying see it all at E3.

Nintendo basically held on to E3 attention for 2 years.

I do believe this, if ps4/xbox720 come out the same day than playstation brand would get a lead early and only build on it. PS3 came a full year after xbox yet has osold it from day one and that was with a high price point and not a lot of games and to top all that ps3 was very hard to develop for

easy development tools
have a lot of games
new and improved PSN
cross game chat that so many have wanted
make psn:plus even better if it all possible

show Ready at Dawn's new gen title
show sucker punch's new title
show Gt6
Show next Uncharted
Show Killzone 4
reboot syphon Filter
PS All star battle royal 2
Kojima on stage to show next MGS(won't be exclusive)
show david jaffe's next game
show QD next game and announce sony has bought QD
proper Ratchet and clank game for ps4

Finish The Last Guardian and release it day on with ps4, sony sent some of its top developer talent to japan late last year to help finish the game. So th is a huge possibility that this could be on ps3/ps4. Stop playing with our feels either confirm the game is gonna come or cancel it

santa monica studios has 2 teams, what is the other team working on?

what about sony japan?

man i am so excited for ps4 lol.

now this maybe my personal fan wish, but i hope the rest of developers for Darksiders team join Santa Monica and sony buys the Darksiders IP and have the GOD OF WAR team work on Darksiders 3

bottom line:

sony did a lot wrong this last gen yet still are on pace to sell more system than the other 2, and most consider ps3 to have the best exclusives. so just learn from your past mistakes and make proper improvement for strong future for sony and playstation brand

insomnium21271d ago

I agree 100%. Great comment!

Saigon1271d ago

The only part I disagree with is the fact if they show the console in Feb. I disagree because it won't give MS all the attention. If they choose to show the system and reveal a few games at the same time while releasing important tools to the devs all during this event in Feb, E3 could be a game fest for Sony and gamers. I think this will allow gamers to see what is offered.

For me this will be a deal breaker on what system I get first, that is if both systems come out during the same time period of Holiday 2013.

BLAKHOODe1271d ago

Feb 20 could be a quiet reveal, without getting into the hardware specs. Save the big reveal for E3, as people will tune in to see just what all the PS4 can do. In this way, it'll be on level with Microsoft, as people will tune in to see how Microsoft retaliates. It doesn't necessarily give Microsoft the edge.. if anything, I think it puts them on par. Ultimately, the consumer decides.

smashcrashbash1271d ago

Well it won't necessarily guarantee more sales but it will give them more time to establish themselves and attract customers as well as get in direct competition with the Wii U before Microsoft does.

Donnieboi1271d ago

I'm not trolling, but I don't know if Wii U even needs to be addressed by Sony. Seriously, Wii U may not even be a factor to Sony. Their eyes are set on dominating real next gen hardware.

jmc88881270d ago (Edited 1270d ago )

Well Wii U does factor in. The same was said last gen and the Wii cleaned their clocks and forced them to respond with their own motion controls.

'Real next gen hardware'? That doesn't mean much. The strongest hasn't always won.

Wii U is 576 Gflops (0.5776 Tflops)
720 (rumored) 1200 GFlops (1.2 Tflops)
PS4 (rumored) 1800 GFlops (1.8 TFlops)

So PS4 is only 3x stronger roughly than the Wii U, meaning aside from exclusives the Wii U will run the same games, just at lower settings.

The Wii couldn't do that and still won. The Wii U can. That doesn't mean it will win. It just means it has more of a reason to be a factor than last time.

But when you say 'real next gen hardware' and notice the TFlops, just remember the following

GTX 670 2650 GFlops or (2.65 TFLops)
GTX 690 5650 Gflops of 5.65 TFlops
GTX 690 (SLI) >10 TFLOPS
Nvidia Titan (february release) ????
GTX 770 ????
GTX 780 ????
GTX 790 ????
GTX 770, 780, 790 in SLI (either dual or tri) ????

So when you say 'real next gen' hardware you are talking about basically a GTX 560ti for 720 and a GTX 580OC for PS4.

No, it wasn't like this between PC and consoles when PS3/360 launched. They were much, much, much closer to PC's.

Another way to look at is this....

Summer 2013 PC will have a greater gap between PS4 than the PS4 will have over the Wii U.

So what exactly is 'Real Next Gen Hardware'???

I understand you're not trying to troll, just saying there are some pretty big misconceptions about things.

360/PS3 can run 'next gen' games if they want to. They already are with Crysis 2 and 3, and Battlefield 3. Both those run on those systems, and have versions that suck up a lot more power, even more than what the PS4 is supposed to bring.

Also as a reminder Watch Dogs and Samaritan Demos ran using three GTX 580's, not one like the PS4 or not the GTX 560ti like a 720.

It's very possible a mid range summer 2013 PC will pull 4-5 TFlops and a top end 2013 PC will pull close to 15 TFlops. Compared to that 1.8 of PS4 and 1.2 of 720 are beat pretty heavily.

They'll all still be good, but it does question something as 'next gen' good when it's surpassed so much before it even comes out on the PC side, even the mid range, single GPU card for $399-599 side (i.e. GTX 770 and 780). Or when you realize the GTX 670 that cost $399 last summer or 1 1/2 years before the launch throws 2.65 TFlops out.

BitbyDeath1271d ago

Releasing earlier does genereally give one a sales advantage but for all we know the next Xbox could have a Wii effect with Kinect 2 and fly off the shelves.

NastyLeftHook01271d ago

Sony are playing there cards right.

jukins1271d ago

in the us i think whoever is first at least with the xbox and playstation, will possibly have increased sales but this time around with sony probably launching around the same time as xbox and not having a $600 (hopefully) launch price tag will definetly help. But what will really help if sony leverages its content to its advantage, the games the movies the music they can do it all it just has to come together smoothly.

BLAKHOODe1271d ago

I think it's important for Sony to match Microsoft in price or be cheaper. Parents are going to take the cheapest option (like they did with the Wii).. and IF the new Xbox and PS4 release Holiday 2013, dimwitted parents not knowing any better might still go with the likely more cheaper Wii U, boosting Nintendo's sales. Both consoles have a huge fanbase, but I think kids tend to favor Xbox, so it'll probably do better at Christmas time than the PS4, regardless of it's price.

jukins1271d ago

this is kinda true. but , and i hate to say this, apple has shown that if you market it right and make people think you cant do it with any other device you can get away with a higher premium. but yea i agree at least with the states its very important for sony to at least match the next xbox price.

jacksheen00001270d ago (Edited 1270d ago )

I disagree, Parents buying the cheapest Game system for their kids was a thing of the past.

Hell, I've seen many parent buy their kids a $500-700 Iphone.

So parents getting their Kids a ps4/720 shouldn't be an issue.

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