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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 Reasons No One Cares About Xbox One & PS4 Next Gen Consoles

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With there only being about a month to go until the ‘next generation’ is upon us, it begs the question as to why there seems to be a complete lack of buzz around the releases of the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Even heavyweights Ubisoft have delayed their Assassin’s Creed-esque titan Watch Dogs alongside open-world driving game The Crew, under the guise that the games needed to be ‘fine tuned’ before release.

Take that as you will, but the fact remains that for many these games were system-sellers, and the very reason they were struggling to stymie up any positive energy towards forking out another considerable amount of money for the sake of playing something slightly shinier in the first place.

Therefore it prompts the question: ‘If delaying a couple of major titles is enough to cause console pre-orders to be withdrawn and Ubisoft’s shares to plummet, what were people holding onto outside of that?’

I remember the hype leading up to the launch of the PS2, back when console wars were something fought across playgrounds and work spaces, the screenshots of the likes of Tekken Tag Tournament, SSX and Timesplitters were nothing short of salivating.

We had to have that console as soon as yesterday, and the resulting clamour to get a hold of one set in motion what became pretty much the greatest console run in history, beginning with the sort of fandom more commonly seen around film premieres or Apple launch events.

However even though the big-wigs are intent on telling us it’s going to be the biggest launch ever, something feels off this time around, and here’s 10 reasons why.

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PlayStation 4: 10 Things Sony Might Announce On February 20th

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No doubt by now every gamer fanatic out there – PlayStation supporter or otherwise – has seen Sony’s teaser trailer for their mysterious PlayStation Meeting 2013, which will be held in New York on the 20th February.

The release of this 45 second enigma has sparked an abundance of rumours which are doing the rounds, but nothing has been heard from Sony aside from a spokesperson who told IGN that “the PlayStation meeting will be about the future of the PlayStation business.”

So what could Sony possibly have up their sleeves to announce on the 20th?

10. PlayStation 4

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Nobody knows for definite what Sony will announce on the 20th February in New York. The most obvious and popular answer is Sony’s next generation multimedia console, the PlayStation 4. Codenamed “Project Orbis,” many rumours circulate the next Sony gaming platform, but officially a hush surrounds the specifics of the console. If the PlayStation 4 is to be announced at the Meeting, the name, a launch date, official specifications, the look of the console, and most importantly a price should be at the top of Sony’s agenda.

We can only speculate, but learning from history we would assume the name of the PlayStation 4 will be just that. Nothing particularly good would come of a re-naming of the PlayStation brand, which has been established since the first PlayStation in 1994.

Again learning from history, we can assume that Sony will release the PlayStation 4 into the wild on December 2013 for Japan and North America, and probably early 2014 for Europe and the rest of the World. Despite lessons of the past, gut instincts tell me Sony will want to get ahead of the game and release a little earlier with this console.

Whatever the date, we can only hope that Sony will remain far away from the 599 US Dollar fiasco which dominated their announcement of the PlayStation 3 at E3 in 2006. Compared to the basic Wii U model in the States right now, which is $299.99, and compensating for a far better grade of specifications, we’re most likely looking at a price point of around $400.

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