Submitted by Prcko 704d ago | news

Sony unconcerned by Xbox One's seven-day UK head start over PS4

That Xbox One will arrive in the UK a week before PS4 does not give it an advantage, Sony has said. (PS4, Xbox One)

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xHeavYx  +   704d ago
I don't think a week advantage is going be that much of a problem
Xsilver  +   704d ago
true especially since they have 32 places for the Ps4 to launch in Sony will be good.
UltimateMaster  +   704d ago
7 days won't make much of a difference anywhere.
The fact they have it in 32 countries is more than enough to compensate.
Boody-Bandit  +   704d ago
Sony has ALL the momentum behind them right now and that wont change any time soon. Sony is releasing their new console in nearly 3 times more areas than the X1. Sony has their vision etched in granite and is unwavering in the direction they have chosen to go. They, unlike their competitor, are not making it up as they go along (slinging every and anything at the wall and going with whatever sticks).

They have the more powerful console, cheaper than their direct competitor, less restrictive, more consumer friendly, more developer friendly (they gave the devs the console they asked for), WAY more support out of the gate with indies, more 1st party studios and a much better and proven track record of producing high quality brand new block buster IPs throughout their consoles life cycle. They are STILL releasing brand new block buster IPs on the PS3 right now (TLOU & Beyond: Two Souls).

So it all comes down to production. Sony will sell as many units as they can produce in the first year. All indications is this is another area where Sony is far ahead of their competition.

Recap this generation (PS3 / X360)
PS3 - 12 to 18 months release disadvantage, higher price point, more difficult and expensive to develop for, a tsunami of bad press throughout most of this generation, and yet they pulled ahead of MS with the PS3 worldwide. Yet here we are saying Sony isn't concerned about a week head start in one region. Talk about an understatement of the year.
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MasterCornholio  +   704d ago
You mean 36 and whatever countries its launching in the middle east.

Sony is ready for launch.

Nexus 7 2013
Muerte2494  +   704d ago
there are European markets where Xbox isn't even launching until next year. Microsoft is only launching in 13 markets while Sony is launching in 32 markets.
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vigilante_man  +   704d ago
To answer the question: YES

It does matter that XB1 is released a week earlier in the UK. At least it matters to me. I have got to wait a whole week while all I hear about on the news and in the press is XB1, XB1, XB1.

But I guess I will live. It's just going to be a really loooong week!
Probably them pre order number got them feeling good lol.

People who pre ordered ps4 can wait a week for more power, better devs & save $100.
georgeenoob  +   704d ago
Agreed. Same goes for PS4 launching a week early in the U.S.
xHeavYx  +   704d ago
Hey, look who's back.
You may be right, but what is going to make a difference is being $100 cheaper and being the most powerful console
GrandpaSnake  +   704d ago
if the xboxone was really awesome it would matter but i guess not.
MysticStrummer  +   704d ago
Yeah there is no launch date advantage this time either way. Even launching in more markets doesn't necessarily give Sony an advantage, since that depends on the production capabilities of both companies, though it sounds to me like Sony will have more ready for launch day than MS will. That's just the impression that I get anyway.
Belking  +   704d ago
That's because they know the US is the most important market. That's something that they ignored the last time around. They learned that lesson the hard way. It's funny because this gen all sony fanboys say "the world" is more important but now it's all about the US. Now, what do we have here....lol

Don't let the usual PR fool you though they are concerned about xbox one everywhere except japan......where nintendo currently dominates.
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xHeavYx  +   704d ago
Really? Usual PR? Because lately, MS has been doing a lot of nonsensical PR, but you are probably ok with that
AceBlazer13  +   704d ago
Or maybe cause the US is the only market where they haven't completely dominated yet so their going balls deep this gen to change that.Let me translate to Xbox.Cod,domination,capture,en emy,territory,teabag.
KonsoruMasuta  +   704d ago
The US isn't the only place that matters.

You will see that when Xbox lands in 3rd place worldwide.
Wikkid666  +   704d ago
Really... you really think it won't sell more than the Wii U. It will sell more the Wii U the day it's released.
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Sevir  +   704d ago
I don't know why they would be worried, 32 > 13.... MS isn't launching in the other European markets till next year, so they are more concerned with shipping to those regions than a 7 day head start in a region where they are sure to sell out...

They aren't bothered
Hicken  +   704d ago
One bubble is one too many for you.

I can't even begin to break down your comment. It makes so little sense I can't figure out how to refute you without sounding ridiculous, myself.

I feel ridiculous just responding to you.
meatysausage  +   704d ago
it remains to be seen which is a better approach, but no doubt sony is more organised for launch with better supply.
GribbleGrunger  +   704d ago
Of course they're not worried. Unlike fans of a certain console, they see the region as Europe. I always find it odd that some people are prepared to imagine the UK as separate from Europe, but they never use France or Germany ... Why would that be?
paul-p1988  +   704d ago
Funnily enough, i live in the UK, and i find we are ALWAYS trying to seperate ourselves from Europe... yet i am not entirely certain why lol.

I would guess it stems from the UK being 2 islands away from mainland europe, but am not sure...

On topic, Sony don't need to worry, Europe has always been Sony territory, and i bet the UK will be no different this time around either. 1 week's difference might sway a few twitchy people who need the newest things NOW NOW NOW, but definitely not a majority.
GribbleGrunger  +   704d ago
Yep, the fact that they're releasing only one week later and not 16 months later, is going to make a huge difference -- as well as price, power, looks and potential exclusives of course.
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DeadManIV  +   704d ago
Well we dont use the euro
mcstorm  +   704d ago
@paul-p1988 You do know the 360 has sold better in the UK than the PS3? This is a market Sony wants back this gen. The feed back I am getting is the people who have a PS3 are going to get a 4 and the people who have a 360 are getting a One so it should be interesting to see how it plays out in the uk.
Nabbic  +   704d ago
It's hard to say. The last generation, both US and UK were dominated by Xbox... I would only play with one or two of my mates on the PS3, but everyone was on the 360.

Of course this generation, Microsoft have faced some very negative publicity which they haven't fully recovered from.
Coupled with that the majority of people in the UK don't even know that the WiiU exists (I'm being serious, when we saw ads in the cinema, everyone would always ask what the hell it is), the PS4 seems like the only major choice this holiday.
Microsoft even had to bundle Fifa 14 with it just to get it to sell.

I know a few lads who will be picking it up, and no doubt a lot of fans will be too because it's an Xbox... Though the week headstart, I can only assume it won't give any significant advantage.
pyramidshead  +   704d ago
Why would they be concerned though.

Last time MS had a whole year to gain immense momentum. This time they have only a week, and their competition is deploying one week earlier in their home territory.
Sony got EU pretty much on lock
EU PS+ is easily the best deal right now(everyone moans about that lol)
EU bundles are also looking tasty.
Wizziokid  +   704d ago
Sure but I wish I didn't have to wait those extra two weeks over america before getting my PS4...
sGIBMBR  +   704d ago
Same here bro :( ... Bitter pill knowing folks are playing next gen while I'm still playing current!
Thehyph  +   704d ago
I feel for you guys. I really do.

I'm lucky as I live in the first time zone in North America. If I go to a midnight launch for PS4, then I'll be one of the first consumers in the world to own one.

This actually happens here for anything that hits North America first.
vigilante_man  +   704d ago
Hope you get a power cut!!!
Ashlen  +   704d ago
Hmm, I clicked edit and it duplicated my post, oh well.
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Ashlen  +   704d ago
Launching first doesn't matter when the competition has more than a 50% lead in pre-orders on average in Europe.
alb1899  +   704d ago
I think Microsoft is focus in USA, is the biggest market and to have more supply than the competition there can be a game changer.
Bennibop  +   704d ago
There were less preorders available for Xbone than PS4 so we already know that PS4 will out sell Xbone in the UK. You could see on Amazon how massive the diffrence was in preorders with Sony firmly in the lead!
alb1899  +   704d ago
it will depends on supply too and the games on sell
jay2  +   704d ago
Sony's only mistake so far.
strigoi814  +   704d ago
7 days is not going to be an issue if you are working 5days in a week, so i think they can wait..and people have already decided so i guess we have to respect their decisions
sigfredod  +   704d ago
As sony says is not a disadvantage or advantage i wait a year for my ps3 from the moment the 360 was launched, it was worth the waiting and my ps2 made it easy
GraveLord  +   704d ago
PS4 has about double the pre-orders of XB1 in the UK.

In the US its about 1.5 in PS4s favor.
Vanna  +   704d ago
You would have to be an incredibly flakey gamer to jump off your ps4 order to xbox for just 7 days.

I would feel the core gamers all know what system they want by now based on games, quality of service etc
The £100 difference is surely another factor for families deciding as well.

I am very happy to wait a week, all the worrying comments from microsoft about not changing their gameplan worrys me enough to wait and see if i need an xbox in the future at this point, only illumiroom could change that atm but even then only if i can play my own tv and movie library and just microsoft media services
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fyapitt  +   704d ago
Regardless xbox1 will still do well
ninjagoat  +   704d ago
That xbox midnight launch Event gonna be a lonely place to be.
Wikkid666  +   704d ago
Clueless much
vigilante_man  +   704d ago
Both consoles will enjoy a great midnight launch!!

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