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PS4 And Xbox One – The Realistic Launch Dates

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Many people in the world play video games; and a significant number of those people have pre-ordered a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One. However, that said, apart from a very select few, no one actually knows when these two behemoths of the gaming world are going to launch.

Having had a serious look at all that we know, as well as the history of the two brands, we can actually formulate and make a few reasonable predictions about the release dates. Here they are:

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History Says:

PlayStation – Release Dates
JP December 3, 1994 Saturday
NA September 9, 1995 Saturday
EU September 29, 1995 Friday
AUS November 15, 1995 Wednesday

PlayStation 2 – Release Dates
JP March 4, 2000 Saturday
NA October 26, 2000 Thursday
EU November 24, 2000 Friday
AUS November 30, 2000 Thursday

PSP (PlayStation Portable) – Release Dates
JP December 12, 2004 Sunday
NA March 24, 2005 Thursday
EU September 1, 2005 Thursday
AUS September 1, 2005 Thursday

PlayStation 3 – Release Dates
JP November 11, 2006 Saturday
NA November 17, 2006 Friday
EU March 23, 2007 Friday
AUS March 23, 2007 Friday

PlayStation Vita – Release Dates
JP December 17, 2011 Saturday
NA February 22, 2012 Wednesday
EU February 22, 2012 Wednesday
AUS February 23, 2012 Thursday

Points Of Note:
– Every single home console released by Sony has been released in the EU on a Friday, following the traditional day that games are released.
– Japan launches everything on a Saturday, apart from the PSP, which launched a day late.
– The US has no particular pattern for hardware launches. But it seems likely with the new US/UK focus that the PS4 will launch on a date to focus on the gamers in those countries. IE, Tuesday in the US, Friday in the EU.
– Australian launches historically hug the EU, meaning that usually the two aren’t far apart.

Sony’s Behaviour Says:

Team Sony have been riding a wave of positive momentum after a fairly astonishing E3 in which they said that the PlayStation 4 (PS4) will launch ‘holiday 2013.’ Now, several different retail outlets and internet sources have thrown different dates out. In particular Media Markt, who have placed signs in stores across Europe citing a PS4 launch date of November 13th, 2013. Where as Amazon had slated October 29th as the big day to coincide with the release of Battlefield 4, before changing it to December 31st. It seems as though there are dates being thrown around left, right and centre. The truth is that both of these dates have been confirmed as nothing more than place holders, a clever and deceptive tool that enables a heightened sense of excitement due to perceived ‘knowledge’ that the desirable item is coming at a specific time. This is better for retailers than an uncertain limbo state when there is no pinpointed date given and thus momentum and ‘hype’ towards a product falls.

So with that in mind we can look towards what is realistic. Firstly, if history shows us nothing else it’s that Japan will get the PS4 before any other territory. Let’s get that out of the way. It’s done. Secondly, Sony announced their new console at a conference that occurred in New York, stating that the console would launch ‘Holiday 2013.’ We now know that this also applies to the US – and it was also then confirmed as being the case in the UK (this was confirmed by a full page advert in The Metro – a free newspaper in London.)

The difficult territory to predict for the PS4 is Australia. Historically the EU and Oz get a back seat to Sony’s parties, but with Sony placing that full page advert, effectively confirming that the UK (by which we must assume means the EU as a whole) is a priority territory one must believe that Australia will also not be left behind, meaning a worldwide launch in 2013. It feels prudent to suggest that Sony will not do a worldwide launch all in one day. That would simply be too demanding on their resources. And, considering the astronomical pre-orders worldwide they will certainly want to stagger matters. which sadly means that Australia (and possibly the rest of the EU) might have to take a minor hit on the launch date.

Sony’s biggest launch game for the PS4, bar none, is Watch Dogs. You can talk about Call Of Duty, Madden and FIFA all you like. But Sony have secured exclusive content on Watch Dogs – and are likely to make sure that EVERYONE knows about it. So we can reasonably expect the PS4 to land in the US and UK with Watch Dogs already available – which likely means launching on or around the game’s release date, one might conclude. Which would mean a US/UK launch in the week commencing November 18th, 2013.

PREDICTED PLAYSTATION 4 LAUNCH DATE:
JP November 9, 2013 Saturday
NA November 19, 2013 Tuesday
EU November 22, 2013 Friday
AUS November 28, 2013 Thursday

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10 Controversial Gaming Moments In 2013

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Another year of video games have passed and with it, another year of controversy. It’s nothing to be necessarily ashamed about because realistically every entertainment medium has their rotten apples, but it’s baffling all the same.

Some of the incidents truly came out of left field too, and as I look back on the moments I have hand-picked one of two things always comes to mind; A: what were the corporations thinking or B: why is this even causing an uproar. Seriously, a good chunk of this article is me telling everyone to quit crying on their soapbox for attention and internet fame.

These moments range from developer deception, to corporations screwing over consumers, to next generation battles, and more. In all honesty there are probably tons more out there but these are the 10 that still – after one long year- stick out at the front of my mind. It truly is a riot reflecting on these shenanigans and I sincerely hope you enjoy it (and get mad all over again).

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10 Lessons Microsoft Need To Learn From Sony

Microsoft has much to learn from Sony.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 have been at it for years now. With the ‘Xbox 720′ and ‘PS4′ on the horizon, there are lessons that need to be learned from both sides of this console ‘war’.

Released in 2005, a year before the PS3 – the Xbox 360 amazed its audience with its stunning new visuals. A select audience were shown videos of the graphical power that the Xbox had to offer. On top of that, new features were introduced: wireless controllers, an in-game achievement system, friends lists, xbox avatars – the list goes on. To this day, the Xbox 360 is one of the most commonly used consoles. Not only is the 360 a great gaming console, but it has a great social aspect to it. However in some cases, when compared to Sony’s Playstation 3, the Xbox falls flat.

Countless advertisements and featured releases have made these the two largest franchises in the console industry. Upon their release, people began arguing about which was better. Flame wars began on YouTube and other social sites: death threats, curse words and grudges filled the internet. This ‘fanboy-ism’ made people too loyal towards their consoles. Let’s face it: modern gamers are less likely to admit that there is something ’wrong’ their console – we dislike the feeling of ‘buyer’s remorse’.

In order to prevent the mistake of purchasing something that may cause people to jump onto a virtual train track and get hit by a virtual train, I have prepared a list to help Microsoft improve. This list should shape what Microsoft’s engineers will need to look for when designing their next-gen console.

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Xbox 720 Could Require Internet Connection To Play, Destroying Second Hand Market

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Well here is some troubling news.

During the last generation my preference of console had always been the Xbox 360. I always thought it was a great console, that was flexible than the others, popular and had great online support. I didn’t have any preconceived notions about whether I would finally lay my money down for a new Xbox or a PS4. But rumours from Edge today are a little bit troubling.

I have avoided posting too many rumours up recently, as frankly, they are everywhere. But this report allows me to bring up an interesting point. Edge are reporting that:

Microsoft’s next console will require an Internet connection in order to function, ruling out a second-hand game market for the platform.

Now many have said that this could kill the console, and on paper it would seem too. Now, I am someone who does understand the destructive and unfair system of second hand games. Developers and publishers get nothing from the purchase and that is a problem. However, I firmly believe that it is not the consumer’s fault and they absolutely should not be being punished for it. What is worrying about this rumour though is that if Microsoft actually did implement the function to disallow the second-hand game market, it could in fact tip the scales vastly in their favor.

It would be a huge vote of support for publishers and developers, and while there may be a minor sales drop to begin with, if Sony didn’t adopt this function, it could move most of the major publishers away from the Playstation. EA are a company that have been trying to come up with ways to work around the second hand market. Ubisoft are another. Could you blame them for making most of their titles Xbox exclusive? Those are huge companies with many loved franchises. Fans would be forced to eventually give in to the Xbox and I can’t imagine it would be long until Sony did implement their own restrictions.

Also in the UK alone, 20% of households who don’t have internet connection. While it is true that the crossover from people who don’t have the internet to those who will have the new Xbox will be small, Microsoft would be cutting themselves out of a large percentage of potential customers. And that doesn’t even include those with weak and unreliable internet.

As I said, this is only a rumour. I don’t endorse it, nor deny it but my gut feeling is that it is probably false. That isn’t to say that I doubt Edge’s have confidence in the report though, and I will give it credit for that. I was just using the rumour to address a prospect that I think is often forgotten about. Let us hope that this does not come to pass, otherwise the console market could have a real mess on its hands.

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