Submitted by gametangents 689d ago | opinion piece

Microsoft Made a Mistake Scheduling the Xbox One’s Release After PS4

Microsoft Made a Mistake Scheduling the Xbox One’s Release After PS4 details why Game Tangents thinks Xbox One should be scheduled for release before the PS4. (Microsoft, Xbox One)

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HolyDuck  +   690d ago
I really don't think it matters.

I can't imagine too many people, if any cancelling their pre order because of a week difference in shipping dates.

This XB1 Vs PS4 thing is getting really boring, why can't we just be gamers and get over the fact that both consoles will sell REALLY well.
Hatsune-Miku  +   690d ago
Microsoft made a mistake by scheduling the xbox ones release
theBAWSE  +   690d ago
if we honest considering all the back peddling... And I mean 180s to a degree that has never been seen before on a console Ms made a mistake with the xbone in general..

hence there non-stop damage control ever since
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Godmars290  +   690d ago
So they should have done everything they could to get out ahead of Sony?
JokesOnYou  +   689d ago
No 1 week doesn't matter at all. Next?....
Kuse  +   689d ago
This is the problem with gamers, this simple minded immature drudgery.
UltimateMaster  +   689d ago
No they did not.

1 week if utterly irrelevant.

What WOULD have been a mistake would have been to release it on the same day!

Now I can already see a bunch of Youtube Fanboy fights all over the internet...
Angeljuice  +   689d ago
I don't think it's a big mistake not to release ahead of Sony. Both companies will want to get their systems out to the public as soon as is feasible, but they also want a smooth and successful release. There are so many factors involved with contractors, distribution, manufacturing etc that it was never going to be a case of just picking a date that sounds good.

It is obvious that both companies are working as hard as possible to get everything set for release, and they both seem to be pushing it to the wire. If Sony were physically able to, they would have launched simultaneously in all regions, if Microsoft were able to they would have launched before Sony.

There is only one territory where Sony will release ahead of Microsoft (albeit a very important one), but only by a single week, the exact same duration that the Xbox one will have the advantage in the other (disputed) territories.

Essentially both manufacturers are releasing their respective consoles simultaneously, so any advantage garnered from this will be miniscule.
mistertwoturbo  +   689d ago
It should be

"Microsoft made a mistake by _____(insert anything)______"
UltimateMaster  +   689d ago
If this is another doom and gloom of the Xbox One.
This 1 week difference may as well be the lamest excuse of them all.
Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II  +   690d ago
Ryse will change the world and when the world ends we will play ryse in heaven.
AnthonyF123  +   689d ago
Can we please be serious, ryse looks terrible. And I have a question for everyone, what's all the hype with titanfall IMO I really don't think it looks that great is it just because its something different.
gaelic_laoch  +   689d ago
I am pretty sure God plays the PS4 in heaven and if you are naughty you get Xboned in Heck by Old Nick!
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Raf1k1  +   689d ago
Titanfall is basically CoD with mechs and jet packs. The gameplay itself doesn't look much different. It still has maps with a fairly limited size but with verticality adding some needed depth to combat.

It does look pretty fun but it does seem like it's being blown up more than it should be.

I'm going to need to play it for myself to see if it's really worth the hype it's getting.
Jdoki  +   689d ago
@AnthonyF123 and Raf1k1

I agree, I don't know why there's so much hype for Titanfall.

Everyone on N4G has been bashing CoD and EA for years - don't they realise the studio making this is headed up by the two guys most responsible for CoD and it's going to be published by EA!?

I'm keeping an eye on it, but no way is it a Day 1 purchase. I need to know more about it and how it plays. (Same thing with Destiny)
LiQuiZoN  +   689d ago
Titanfall is online only...ewww. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Kind of like duck liver mixed with honey.
DARK WITNESS  +   689d ago
agree... the 360 came out almost a year ahead of the ps3, didn't stop the people who wanted one going for one and even with the head start the ps3 is still leading in sales world wide. a few days is not going to make that much of an impact.
marcelliuss1  +   689d ago
@Dark.....why do you Sony fans keep saying the PS3 is leading in worldwide sales when there are no numbers from Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft to support that claim?......and don't give me no bs no name website or VG charts crap.
n4rc  +   688d ago
They are both at ~80m worldwide... And both losing to Nintendo.
Clive_Bixby  +   688d ago
If you take Japan out of the equation 360 has outsold ps3 everywhere else. They stopped selling 360 in Japan years ago because it did so poorly.
vigilante_man  +   688d ago
@Clive_Bixby: Sorry, but The US is the only region where the 360 outsold the PS3. In Europe (UK being the exception) and the rest of the world the PS3 is way ahead in sales than the 360.

And the PS3 has outsold the 360 for at least the past 4 years. Its just a fact. The wii has outsold both but it does not mean the wii is better than 360/PS3 - it is just a fact.

Facts are facts. Outside of the US the PS3 rules by quite a bit and now has sold more worldwide than the 360. Does not mean you get a better experience, it just means it has sold more.
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gaelic_laoch  +   689d ago
"I can't imagine too many people, if any cancelling their pre order"

That ship has sailed! those souls that have the XbONE pre order and are stuck with an equivalent of a Ticket for the Titanic!
jackanderson1985  +   689d ago
now this could just be me but i have a crazy reason people are pre-ordering or buying these consoles for the games that are coming at launch and the expected games down the line... basing your purchase on an old, and now redundant. reason such as 24 hour check in online or mandatory connected kinect would seems a bit ridiculous.

yes they could bring back in the 24 hour online jazz but if you're buying a next gen console for the offline only experience then you're going to miss out on some serious games like The Division, Titanfall and Destiny (deep down maybe but dunno if that is always online)... also if you did happen to buy it for offline only then you'd never have the need to connect it to the internet and they could never force an update (after the first one) on you to bring it back should they decide to do so down the line and so your console will remain offline capable.

personally for me the PS4 launch lineup doesn't interest me but infamous and the inevitable classics from ND are the reason I'm getting it. Ryse and DR3 interest me for the X1 so that's why i'm also getting that.

also final point. if you pre-order something you can always, before you pick it up, cancel that pre-order for a complete refund
gaelic_laoch  +   689d ago
@ jackanderson1985

I would suggest many people backed the XbONE yet may then have swayed towards the PS4. Now they would need to wait until the new year if they only pre ordered a PS4 now.

So many would rather stick to their guns and get the XbONE at launch and justify their purchase in terms of it being superior to the PS4 and not truthfully in that they did not want to feel left out at launch!
H0RSE  +   689d ago

Their really isn't much needed for those who are getting X1's to "justify" their purchase. They are getting X1's because they want X1's - the reasons why are irrelevant. For me, it comes down to 3 factors:

- I can't stand the DS controller
- I'm not a fan of PSN
- My friends are on xbox.

Notice no mention of hardware or price or "forced/mandatory Kinect." Why? Because they are non-issues. people like myself, would rather pay more for something they actually want, than pay less for something they don't, even if the opposition can be considered "better."

The PS4 could be running SLI gpu's with an OC'd i7, but it still uses that awful controller, an unappealing online service, and my friend's are nowhere to found on it. I also have a high-end gaming PC, so buying a console based around hardware specs (which virtually nobody does in real life) was moot since I beat both of them. As for games, exclusives do little for me, since I spend most my time playing multiplats, so neither system has that as a selling point.

There is zero justification needed, and in my case, even more so, because getting a PS4 was never even going to be an option. The only case where justification would've been need, is if I decided to get a PS4.
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marcelliuss1  +   689d ago
@Gaelic...lol.....you guy are funny. Who's to say the PS4 is not the equivalent of the Titanic this time around seeing neither console has been released yet? It funny how you guy spit so hate at Nintendo and Microsoft that you acctually start to believe what you say and try to pass it off as truth. It's so sad....LOL
n4rc  +   688d ago
Gaelic... Retarded fanboyism as usual from you huh?

Horse.. Well said.. Echoes my feeling exactly.. I don't need to justify my decisions to ranDom nobodies in a comments section.. especially when theyve shown me their opinion isn't worth paying attention to.
JsonHenry  +   689d ago
I don't see it making a bit of difference. People who want the PS4 will buy the PS4. People who want the Xbox1 will buy the Xbox1.

People who want both will buy both. :)
firelogic  +   689d ago
You're right. It doesn't matter. It's funny reading about the launch day "race." Even with a year's head start at a much cheaper price-point, PS3/360 are neck and neck 7 years later.

It's ridiculous to think that 7 days either way would make or break the next-gen which is going to last at least 5-10 years.

Same goes for the launch lineup debate. The launch lineup doesn't matter. These consoles are going to be in the market for 10 years+.
deviouslight  +   689d ago
True but because of the ps4 selling one week earlier it mind get more of the mind share, and that could possibly overshadow the XB1 release date.
TheGreatGamer  +   689d ago
for hardcore gamers this could be a deciding factor
GT67  +   689d ago
@ holyduck

tooooooooooo late now.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   689d ago
I can say 1 week isn't the end all MS console. If 360 and PS3 launches taught us anything.
redcar121  +   689d ago
you can not say that on here its a sin
lifeisgamesok  +   690d ago
I don't think they have. What's a week longer wait to play the games you want
cleft5  +   689d ago
It's not about the week longer wait, that really doesn't matter. It's about how long will it take for them to restock after the initial shipment.

Sony now has 2 weeks to restock after their initial shipment before Black Friday, whereas Microsoft has less than a week, Thanksgiving is a holiday so no shipping will happen those days, to restock before Black Friday.

You combine this with the momentum Sony has, the $100 less price tag, and now 2 weeks to restock their supplies before Black Friday and you have a potentially disastrous situation for Microsoft. Both companies initial stock is sold out so that's not really the battle.

The battle is going to come down to who can move the most units in the next three months. After that companies will decide on what will be the lead console platform for their games based off of that initial three months. Whoever wins that battle effectively wins the next-gen war.
n4rc  +   688d ago
Microsoft said they are holding back preorders to ensure stores have stock for walk ins..

Think I saw the same from Sony..
rajman  +   690d ago
It is coming out 1 week before the PS4 in EU, which comes with Free Fifa 14...which is also a huge franchise over there and so it will sell. But it will only be available in 7 European countries and so the PS4 should sell more
jackanderson1985  +   689d ago
if you compare the sales for the regions the PS4 are launching with the 360/PS3 sales you can see that MS won't lose out much... i think the countries they did cut out from the original 21 and those that didn't make even that original list, made up a small % of the 360s overall sales.

is it a risky move yeah but say for example MS has 2 mil stock in the UK and sony only have 1mil (purely hypothetical numbers for ease of example)... people might not wait the 3 or 4 weeks it might take Sony to restock the UK especially in the lead up to christmas so MS might shift those extra million copies of their console if they weren't already sold out
cleft5  +   689d ago
Thats very true, but even if that is the case because Sony is launching in so many more European countries than Microsoft it pretty much negates this week advantage. Importing stuff in European countries can be costly and the Xbox One is already expensive there so people are going to be willing to wait instead of importing a Xbox One just to have a next-gen system a little early.

I am sure their would be some wealthy people that will import the Xbox One, but odds are that they where going to do that anyways. The average person is going to just wait.
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firelogic  +   689d ago
Europe is predominantly "pro-sony" and I think they're smart enough to realize that a going Sony means PS4+FIFA+$40 to spend on something else, vs. an XB1 with free FIFA.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   690d ago
Xbox mad a mistake (with) the Xbox Ones' Release. *fixed
Octo1  +   689d ago
I think that the XBone launching a week later will make both MS and Sony's marketing into overdrive. Sony will try its all to prevent the XBone from stealing the PS4's thunder and MS will try to hard to have the spot light on their new machine and on nothing else. Get yer popcorn kids.
jairusmonillas  +   689d ago
Xbox One is digging on its own grave while Sony is just watching them and helping them dig deeper.
ravinash  +   689d ago
Xbox One is digging it's own grave, Sony will just help by filling it in once Xbox lies down.
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No_Limit  +   689d ago
It is One week after PS4 in the States. Oh no!, I have to wait an extra week for Forza 5, Killer Instinct, and Battlefield 4 while PS4 owners are enjoying KZ FS, Knack, and Battlefield 4. What will I do? /S

One week will not matter for people that are already planning on getting one system or the other.
BLAKHOODe  +   689d ago
I'll tell you what you will do. You will SUFFER being stuck playing that lame GTAV game. Sucks to be you.
tigertron  +   689d ago
Though at the same time, it's out a week before the PS4 in Europe (with the exception of the EU countries MS neglected).
GryestOfBluSkies  +   689d ago
actually i think sony made a mistake by not releasing a couple weeks sooner. which also wouldnt have made much of a difference. people who are getting ps4 still would have got a ps4 and people getting an xbos would still get an xbox. even a month wouldnt change that, certainly not a week.
jairusmonillas  +   689d ago
PS4 would have more units than Xbox One anyways. Microsoft isn't really all that ready to release Xbox One this year, Sony forced them to.
jackanderson1985  +   689d ago
how exactly are they not ready to release this year? console looks done, they've moved into full production (i think it was 78 days before launch, got rid of most of the decisions consumers didn't like and have had consoles running at gamescom (some were some weren't shit happens)

the 360 went into full production 56 days before it's launch and sold 1.5mil in it's first 6 weeks.. if my guess of 78 is right (have a feeling it's not think it might be closer to 70) then they've an extra 22 days to build stock levels up
shorty74a  +   689d ago
Xbox One really isn't ready to release this year is your assumption. PS4 will not have any units sitting on the shelves by the time the Xbox One is released a week later. Matter of fact, you wont be able to buy one at launch unless you pre ordered it. Xbox One will have some units on store shelves on launch day. So the person that missed out on pre order may be able to stand in line and get one before Christmas. The week headstart relly doesn't matter.
kneon  +   689d ago
Sony has also allocated units for the store shelves, they may all get sold out the first day but there will be units available.
BLAKHOODe  +   689d ago
I can't see anybody being THAT desperate for next gen that they couldn't wait another week to get an Xbox One if that's the console they want most. Besides that, considering the pre-order sell-outs, I doubt they'll be able to find a PS4 anywhere in stores the week of release.
warewolfSS  +   689d ago
That's what I'm hoping. I have 4 preorders looking for good homes. At a premium of course
right cause thats when they made their mistake...
user7402931  +   689d ago
ps2 vs xbox all over again
Magicite  +   689d ago
pyramidshead  +   689d ago
It won't make a difference lol
What should be realised though is the size of the gap compared to last gen. A week between consoles compared to an entire year last time. Interesting times a head I feel :P.
Mr_Danski  +   689d ago
The only good this that could have helped sales for the XBone was a very late September or very early November world wide release.

Letting Sony get the jump on them in America will prove costly. As for Europe, they better hope a F*ck ton of people want an XBone over waiting one week for the PS4.
Angeljuice  +   689d ago
What's wrong with October? Or are you skipping it this year to get your new console faster?
Mr_Danski  +   689d ago
Fu*k October is what I say.
Angeljuice  +   689d ago
Lol, +bubble for making me laugh.
Philoctetes  +   689d ago
Microsoft obviously made a ton of mistakes with the xbone in general, many of which have now been corrected. But the release date is fine. Nobody who was buying an xbone is going to switch systems now just because the PS4 comes out one measly week earlier.
Arcanine  +   689d ago
It will make a difference to many...some impatient people will.get the ps4 just to start the next gen
shorty74a  +   689d ago
How can an "impatient gamer" get a PS4 a week ahead of the Xbox One if there aren't any units available to purchase? Again, the week headstart will not matter.
Arcanine  +   689d ago
There are ps4 units available a week ahead of Xbox1. That's why its launching a week ahead. What more common sense do u need. There are impatient people in this world and if they want to start the next gen with the ps4 just because its a week ahead its a valid reason and there own opinion.
jizzyjones  +   689d ago
Its more of a mistake launching in less than half the amount of countries as PS4 this year
NewAgeisHere  +   689d ago
It won't matter.......MS has already lost this generation way before they announced the release date.....an early date would be a small plus but I just think there's nothing they can do to compete against Playstation at this moment.......I still hope Xbox recovers though, cause competition is always good for us gamers.
nick309  +   689d ago
1 week is nothing, besides, alot might get both like me and 1 friend i know. Ps3 was a year late and still sold and sells well, this comparison needs a time machine.
despair  +   689d ago
Geez, why are people so riled up like this. It isn't like its a year later, its a frigging week, do you really think in the long run that's going to make a difference. Remember this is about years of sales not first day sales.
plmkoh  +   689d ago
If one week's worth of wait can make you drop $500, you should spend that money on a psychologist instead.
coolasj  +   689d ago
Everything is going to be sold out everywhere for a minimum of 2 months. In many cases you won't HAVE a choice of what console you want.
Daves  +   689d ago
Xbone (sorry Major N) is out one week before the PS4 in Europe, so it's all swings and round-a-bouts.

Everyone will have made a choice by now, 1 week here and 1 week there isn't going to matter in the slightest.
MaverickStar7  +   689d ago
A week? Really. A console cycle that can last anywhere from 5-10 years and we are going to worry about a week? People that are buying either console will already have their mind made up. That week will be negligible in the long matters. It only matter with media hype. Microsoft going second in the will actually cut into some of the PS4 hype when it release, but the PS4 will in turn do the same thing a week after that in the rest of the territories. It all evens out. Will will mater is the stock on the shelves and the public reception when customers actually play the machines.
ruefrak  +   689d ago
I think the thing to watch out for is the software. The hardware in both devices have been set for some time, but the software just isn't ready yet. I think Microsoft and its partners are trying hard to get the OS and the games up to speed, but late November is probably the earliest they could have things ready. Even then, I'm wondering if there won't be a number of bugs in the system.
I'm sure Sony has their issues to work out as well, but since they haven't been changing the way their console works every other week, I think they're ahead of the curve on this one. It seems like game developers have had devkits longer for the PS4 and have had longer to get their games ready. I can't wait for November.
jhoward585  +   689d ago
I think MS made the right choice by Scheduling the Xbox One’s Release After PS4. MS isn't stupid, They know the spotlight is on Sony's PS4 right now. If MS release the x1 on the same day the PS4 comes out, x1 it will definitely be overshadowed by the PS4.

Remember Nintendo did the same thing by not showing up at E3 2013.
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Lolrus  +   689d ago
Microsoft made a mistake with the Xbox One, period...
One_Eyed_Wizard  +   689d ago
It's only seven days. I'm sure people can wait that long. Really doesn't matter at all.
Mr_InterNational  +   689d ago
I have to agree with this article and M$ being idiots all together since DAY ONE! What they should of done is boost xbox sales by combining it with COD GHOST release week and it should of helped them just a bit if anything but them idiots can't even see that until much later! What now? they gonna back-peddle on this one now and make things right LOL
gamer7804  +   689d ago
It's kinda a smart move on one angle, it gives the ps4 a shorter buzz by releasing 1 week after.
Magicite  +   689d ago
Round 3:
Crapbox VS Powerstation
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