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Xbox One and PS4 expected weeks ahead of Black Friday

by William Schwartz on July 21, 2013


XBox and Playstation signs at Electronic Entertainment Expo

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release dates are still unknown at this point. We’ve got prices, bundles, pre-orders, and specs of the new systems, but neither Sony nor Microsoft has announced an official release date for their hardware. November has seemed like the clear window for the consoles to arrive, and Colin Sebastian has recently expanded on this prediction of the Xbox One and PS4 launch dates.

It would be ideal to launch first to get all of the initial momentum

“From a timing perspective, both platforms will want to launch before Thanksgiving/BlackFriday, and ideally at least a couple of weeks in advance of that in order to replenish the retail channel,” explained Sebastian.

But which console will launch first? The silence from Sony and Microsoft could mean that both companies are patiently waiting for their competition to act first. Sebastian believes that the console who launches first will get “all of the initial attention”.

“In terms of who goes first, it would certainly be ideal to launch first, and gain all of the inital attention and momentum, as console launches are really the only equivalent of a red carpet event for the industry.”

We’re all still waiting for these official release dates to be confirmed, but prices are set. The Xbox One will launch at $499, and the PlayStation 4 will hit stores at $399.

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  • Jonny Hercock

    I may be reading too much into it, but I remember at E3, Watch_Dogs said that they would be releasing 19th Nov in NA, 22nd Nov in EU, ” and LATER on next gen consoles as launch titles”.

    Maybe they didn’t mean to say later, maybe they just meant that it at least wouldn’t be on PS4 and Xbox One FIRST, but if I’m right: we shouldn’t expect either console before then.

    Watch Dogs has been said to be a launch title for both consoles multiple times, so would it really make sense to release either console before the game is out on current gen consoles? Seems unlikely.

  • Jonny Hercock

    Also, 2 UK shops have the Xbox One as “delivered by 29th November”, and PS4 as “delivered by 13th December”.

    These are probably just placeholder dates as MS confirmed a November release and Sony said something about both consoles releasing within a couple of weeks of another.

    • RoadShow

      I think they just threw those dates out there. Amazon still has launch day PS4 listed as by December 31st.

      • wil

        Buddie I mean no offense to you at all and im not insulting your intelligence but lets just think about the date dec. 31. If you did not know the exact date the consoles would release but we know the year … what one date could you put out there and gurantee it want leave customers pissed because its to early..m Dec 31st is the only date they can post and be fully sure its gonna be no later than. They put that there until they know more.

        • RoadShow

          That’s what I was saying. Amazon didn’t know so they just threw a date out there.

          I say both release before black Friday.

  • Greggory Alexander

    The race is not for swift but for those who can endure to the end. But I think ps4 going to get out of the gate early and will keep a steady pace, just watching xbox box one or “cable box” in the rear view mirror till the end.

  • Facts First

    Can’t wait for Battlefield 4 on Xbox One. Smart Glass, Kinect, DICE says that BF4 on Xbox One will be equal to the PC version of the game. Can’t say the same for PS4, but I won’t be getting that anyways. So my decision will be easy. Battlefield 4, Ryse, Forza 5 and my Xbox One (And of course all the free to play games like KILLER INSTINCT FOR FREE) Will be One sweet christmas seasons. Then Titanfall and Quantum Break and ALL THE OTHER XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVES.

    • NathGamer

      Good for you princess, I’m rooting for you x

    • unbsed

      haha ur so blinded with fanboyism, seriously i hate fan boys like you.. i own both 360 and ps3 console and for the past 4 years ive been using a heck more the ps3 because of all the games that they have been releasing the only times ive used the 360 were on the exclusives in recent years…… i cant wait to play bf4 on my ps4 when it releases and with tons of free games with the ps+ unlike xbox live…. have u seen the specs or what?? the ps4 has the better gpu and cpu and higher quality graphics card. the ps4 is the most true to a pc unlike xbox live which is weaker, these true facts support that on the ps4, battlefield 4 will be undeniably better. and titanfall will already be going to the ps4 after its timed exclusive expires so theres no need for me to buy the new xbox now.. maybe in 3 or 4 years when the price goes down to maybe 250 where it should be if the ps4 is 400 now, xbone 250.

      • Supreme man-whore

        I myself have had the xbox 360 and ps3 for roughly 4 years and the only better games that came out on ps3 were exclusives like any Naughtydog games and xbox 360, all around has been better for the past year or so. Also the hardware specs for the xbox one are improving whilst the ps4 will remain the same.

        • Facts First

          Yeah The XBOX ONE IS SOUNDING BETTER AND BETTER EVERYDAY YYEAHAAAW

          • Dale Missen

            You need to get the facts first. Wish you were right but the Xbox 1 is going to be a fail for gaming. I will still get one but maybe in a year or two. Right now PS4 have a lot more free to play games, much more interesting exclusives, and 140 games in development. Plus PS+ is much better value… Games are being made better on ps4, and is cheaper… Unfortunately with the lack of focus on the gamer and the compromise that makes on the hardware an games, this could be the first time I skip Xbox.

      • Vincent Pugh

        That was perhaps the biggest fanboy post I have seen. Perhaps you should look in the mirror.

    • bigdaddycompton

      Just So you know there big fella they have already said that the ps4 will have a advantage graphicalwise vrs the xb1 sorry to burst ur bubble

      • Facts First

        Stop with the lies. DICE said that XBOX ONE would be THE BEST PLACE TO PLAY BATTLEFIELD 4. BEST GRAPHICS, SMARTGLASS FEATURES, KINECT, LAG FREE CLOUD SERVERS. BOOM

        • bigdaddycompton

          Find me some hard facts good sir as everything I’ve read dice says ps4 has the higher perfomance rate and has been running on the ps4 since February and looks stunning

  • Kasif

    Cannot wait for battlefield and my ps4.

    • Facts First

      I don’t know why you would want to play the worst version of the game?

      • Kasif

        Lol, why is it the worst version? Has Microsoft paid for the better version? I’m sure if it could it would. Don’t think any 3rd party games r going to be better on microsoft anymore. The specs just doesn’t support ur statement.

        • War5torm

          All multiplayer games will have dedicated servers on Xbox One. Have fun playing P2P on your PS4

          • Gill

            Obviously you are a real battlefield amature, on battlefield you purchase servers which THEY run as long as you are paying. No p2p. Stay on xbone tho we don’t need any Down’s syndrome babies on PSN
            #PS4FTW

          • Vincent Pugh

            PSN runs like it has Down syndrome. Plus the psn gamers i have realized are not as good as xbl gamers. But then again if you pay to play you are going to make sure you are somewhat decent.

          • Dale Missen

            PSN+ is now a paid subscription service to provide for servers. No game could handle p2p for a game with 64 players on a map. I don’t understand why so many people are staying with Microsoft strong of a position Sony are in. Unless you really lice NBA and nfl? And watching TV…

          • Vincent Pugh

            Well battlefield is testing 70 players on a map for consoles to even out squad play. Xbox will have ~20% more servers dedicated to xbl at release. I know that psn+ is now a paid subscription and this will no doubt help out massively. I have paid for both and am not bias. I believe that ps4 has the jump now and will for about 2 years. But xbox is set up better to provide further down the road. I played both at e3. And love the ds4 but the X1 controller seemed like perfection. As well as other pros and cons I won’t get into as buying a console is all about preference and investment. As a new home owner and sport lover the x1 offers more for ME. But ps4 is a great system though

          • Dale Missen

            Sounds like we are in the exact same position. We move into our new house in abbot 3 weeks. Builder hands over in about a week. Just got some Touch up things to complete. Best thing is it will be connected to fibre. Capped at 100mbs down 40 up and ping should be n no greater than 7ms. Can’t wait.

            Wish I could have made it to E3. Have to wait for the EB expo here in Australia. Being in Aus is another huge reason why ps4 is better fit for me this gen because there is no TV support or sport support for xb1 here. So we basically get a console that can not compete on hardware vs ps4 with no extras like USA for tv etc. There is no word on when it will be implemented either. Being Australia, we are probably last on the list due to only having a population of about 24 million. Not really worth it for ms. Xb1 really needs to prove itself here for me, depends on how it performs will depend on whether I get one.

          • Vincent Pugh

            Dang congrats. That blows because aus is considered tier 1 with the US for xbox1 this gen so you get it before the ps4. Unless ps4 pulls an oct launch in which it may be the same time

          • Dale Missen

            Spoke with manager at local game shop. EB games which is owned by GameSpot. Her exact words were, ” we don’t have any allocation for Xbox one. We get what is left after USA pre orders are filled.” So anything excess to what is sold in USA we will get. Thought being tier 1 we would at least get allocated numbers.

          • Alex Whitfield

            Since when on eitger statement you a joke microcrap has been hacked numerous times you fool.

          • Vincent Pugh

            Did you proof read? Because you make no sense. Sooooooo try again

          • War5torm

            “on battlefield you purchase servers which THEY run as long as you are paying”

            On Xbox, you won’t have to pay for servers. But you can go right ahead and play on PS4, pay for your online now, and then pay some more for dedicated servers… For one game

          • RoadShow

            OMG where did all these dumb xbot disinformation spewers come from?

          • Alex Whitfield

            That has been deconfirmed as sony announced no online passes and such are allowed

          • RoadShow

            Look more disinformation! Fking idiot.

        • Vincent Pugh

          Only reason I would say battlefield will be better on Xbox is the partnership between the two and time released dlc and the superiority of xbl. However, battlefield devs have publicly praised the ps4s console.

          • dave mcnair

            The only difference will be the timed exclusives. It never meant much to PS3 fans when they got a map pack early. It was a novelty factor & most people hate timed exclusives. Online BF3 works great on PS3 & is really stable. There were serious issues with VOIP (&input lag) at launch which were attributed to the lower memory of the PS3. Online PS4 is going to be a very different & payed for ‘beast’ compared to last gen. So far Sony seems to have learned from any failings & I expect their paid for experience to be as good or even better (plus with no ads) than what will be seen on XBox One. But it’s the fact that Battlefield devs have tweeted that Dualshock 4 is the controller of choice for BF4 that makes the biggest difference. The extra power will come in handy as well of course but I still expect the 2 versions to be very similar. Just hope BF4 is better than BF3!

      • Dale Missen

        Riiiggghhttttt …. So your saying the console which is superior in every way with developers even saying how much better it is, with developers adding features to the ps4 version of games because of the added power and head room are going to be worse? That is a massive fan boy for you…

  • Vincent Pugh

    My guess is November 5th for xbox and November 22nd for ps4. I have good reasons for this speculation and can share if wanted

    • Marc Dobrzynski

      Please share.

      • Vincent Pugh

        Ok first

        XB1: November 5th

        MS cannot afford for anymore mishaps with the system. With preorders where they are. It would make the most since for MS to utilize there slight alliance wit activision and release the Xbox with COD. (A game they have been trying to hype up). If COD (a sell point for both systems) comes out first on 360, ps3 and ps4. There is the chance that people will cancel xb1 preorders on the thought of will the 500 price tag be worth an experience they have already received on one of these systems. Xbox best market is US as it is the only country that it has steadily outsold the ps3. So an American release date of nov 5 (tues) seems likely

        Ps4: November 22

        Sony in history has utilized foreign release days (fri,sat). November 22nd is a Friday. This lines up well with the watch dogs release date. US isn’t the ps4s biggest market (tier 2). I think a nov 13 release for Japan. At this point Sony is less predictable given their current superior position in the console war. It is evident that US isn’t their main audience though. With watch dogs being big for the ps4 release in America I see the release being set around that.

        I can be wrong about both but those are my thoughts. As someone who works in the industry.

        • Dale Missen

          Think Sony have a much stronger stranding and in a much better position in regards to total units produced. This will allow them to undercut Microsoft on release date to continue in their momentum. Rumors are Microsoft have some big bugs in manufacturing at the moment, hence the reason they have very small pre order numbers available to consumers. Sony could very well release in October, given their massive lead this would continue their momentum if they released a month earlier than Microsoft. Microsoft has really dropped the ball on next gen and made me swap preference to Sony this gen.

          • Vincent Pugh

            An Oct release would be bad on launch title games. I feel if xbox announces first then Sony can go oct. supposedly MS has had some problems in the amount of systems they are producing. But I don’t think there are bugs in how the system will operate in home for people

          • Dale Missen

            No sorry, meant bugs in manufacturing. Early on it was the failure rate of the processors http://www.giantbomb.com/xbox-one/3045-145/forums/rumour-next-xbox-delayed-due-to-manufacturing-prob-559627/
            Now its the esram yield http://m.neogaf.com/showthread.php?t=576869

            These are rumors and nothing substantiated, but gives good reason as to why there are such low unit numbers for launch and only really Europe and USA getting priority on 2013 launch.

          • Dale Missen

            October may be a good release month as there are holidays in countries other than USA. Black Friday is only in the US ;) … Should they release Mid to late October, they will get a lot of publicity. The hard core gamers have already pre ordered, those allotments will be sold out at launch and the games will attached to the launch console. This gives almost a whole month to replenish the sold out stock and the best advertisement, word of mouth gets about with youtube videos and reviews of console and games smashing the net. This will give a huge boost in momentum to Sony if they did release early and given the low numbers of xbox ones, they could capitalise on their low stock, convincing those who were undecided to go with Sony.

            About the manufacturing problems, there were a lot of rumours coming from ‘insiders’ early on with the bugs in manufacturing with high failure rates on CPUs. Now there are rumours the GPU needs to be underclocked from 1.2 Gflops to .9 (half of PS4) and now esram yields causing issues.

            Hopefully these will all be addressed before launch because if Microsoft have another Xbox 360 RRoD then that could well spell the end of their console days depending on how well it is handled. It could force a push into the home theatre PC market instead as that is their real focus any way. I FOR ONE WOULD LOVE A HTPC OR DVR WITH XBOX ONE FEATURES AND OS… But have no use for a TV/games machine.

            Microsoft are very quiet at the moment and not allowing press interviews and one can only be suspicious as to why. Surely they need to win back the hard core, and address the concerns of many. For me, Sony is doing everything right. PR machine is in overdrive and although the exclusives haven’t quite hit a home run with me, I am confident that will turn around in August when they announce more titles.

          • Vincent Pugh

            I work as a sales rep for MS. I’ve heard some of these things but I have also heard from higher ups that there may actually be an increase in the specs. So idk

          • Dale Missen

            I think they really need to do something because Sony are running away with the PR war. I would love nothing else but for MS to give me a reason to buy an XB1 so I don’t have to play titanfall on PC. The OS excited me, would be awesome for a HTPC to run that. Can’t wait for GC in August to find out more About both. If anything Microsoft need to at least provide decent competition to Sony because it is never good to just have one dominant force to dictate policy and pricing.

          • Vincent Pugh

            I feel the Problem doesn’t rely in the X1. But in the MS PR structure. Sadly we won’t know much about the system till it comes out or it is too late. I feel the system is strong and will do well but it will be us (the consumer) that sales it upon release. Because MS doesn’t relay enough info.

            Trust me I know this first hand

          • GK15

            I don’t think they are in as bad of a PR position as they were initially upon the reveal. There is even a recent report (however outlandish) where one analyst thinks the XB1 will outpace the PS4 by a margin of 3-1. I doubt this is accurate, but if XB1 is lagging behind in consoles sold upon launch, I don’t think it will be by a crazy amount.

            And the rumors of them having to under clock the CPU are pretty old and have since been replaced by new rumors of them increasing RAM and increasing the clock speed. The RAM part is highly doubtful, but we’ll see.

            Overall, I think the Xbox One is a great piece of hardware grossly overshadowed by bad PR and less RAM than it’s main competitor, the PS4. I will still be a great console. The exclusives look great and the features. They will both be great consoles imo

          • Dale Missen

            Yeah I wish I could be that certain. X1 still has so many unknown factors it’s hard to come to that conclusion for me. Time will tell after release what works and what doesn’t.

          • Vincent Pugh

            Ps4 has been retail cleared by the FCC. System could be closer than we think. Oct is looking good. I just question release titles with oct release. None of the games would be out

          • Dale Missen

            Sony have more games to announce at gamescon in August. There are several titles ready in time for launch. Ghosts will be about a week or two after if it’s mid to late October. Sony won’t let Microsoft release first…

          • Vincent Pugh

            Yes that messes with the PR of studios that have said they are release day. In the grand scheme of things it has little affect though. People want their consoles

  • DesertDragon

    My thoughts are PS4 launches on Oct 29th as I think that what it should be and Xbone one will launch next year as M$ will change there minds to many times. Just kidding. They will launch when they launch.

  • Ayling

    I think I would prefer to get the PS4 although I am a Xbox user. I would prefer it because of its high quality standards. Also Sony didn’t have to change their console quality unlike the Xbox. Xbox had to change it because the majority of people preferred the PS4!

    • Vincent Pugh

      They changed it because gamers said that is what they wanted. The “180” was a beneficial yet unapproved business move

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