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Could The PS4 And Xbox 720 Be Headed For A Holiday Showdown?

So the latest update is that both Sony and Microsoft will unveil their new machines in only two months time.

Reports have varied, but it seems that Sony isn't interested in giving Microsoft a head-start this time around and at this rate, there's every chance that both consoles will release close to one another. Or at least, closer than before.

The PS2 and Xbox were a year apart and so were the PS3 and 360; could we finally be looking at a launch showdown to kick off the new generation? And if so, who would have the edge? Let's say both consoles have about the same price and similar hardware statistics; perhaps that would simply continue the current trend, which involves Microsoft dominating domestically and Sony rising in other regions, especially Europe and Japan. Then again, if we're looking at significant statistic and cost discrepancies, momentum could adjust accordingly.

And if they both happened to arrive for this year's holiday rush, can you imagine the headlines and corresponding community fallout? Forums would explode; it'd be a resurrection of the old-school console wars complete with total adolescent inanity and hostility from both sides. I wish that wouldn't happen but it's probably inevitable. So what do you think will happen if Sony and Microsoft release their new consoles within a month of each other, or something like that? Which company would have the edge?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, xbox 720, orbis, durango, next gen consoles

1/14/2013 9:51:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (33 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 14, 2013 @ 11:28:35 PM
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Microsoft would have the edge because, despite the PS3 winning the current war the PS4 would still have to contend with the typical Microsoft smear campaign across the internets, purchased content exclusivity deals, and its own inept advertising department.

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FatherSun
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 2:39:09 AM

Inept is unfortunately too accurate a word for Sony's advertising strategy. M$ is going to literally bombard us with advertisements! Considering Sony's financial status they need to come out swinging. Best to have your wits about you Sony cause to some it seems like a now or never situation.

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Bonampak
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 6:32:15 PM

Sony needs to step up their game and not give MS ANY breaks.

The problem is, MS is not afraid to bleed away loads of money. They have very deep pockets and can afford to sell the 720 at a loss for years to come. And they will continue to spend millions securing AAA exclusives to their console.

The only thing that could stop the 720 in its tracks is if Sony somehow gets those AAA exclusives to its own console.

Because it doesn't matter how powerful a console is, if it doesn't have the games people want to play, then it will fail or lag behind the leading console that does have those exclusives.

1st party games are good and all. But to win over the mainstream audiences, Sony really needs to get 3rd party exclusives. Because if all the people supporting MS see that they won't ever be able to play X game on their 720, they will ditch it and buy a PS4.

But most importantly, Sony will need good leadership and someone that is not afraid to take greater risks than MS.

Here's hoping that Sony can come up with a winning strategy.

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White_Mocha
Monday, January 14, 2013 @ 11:32:43 PM
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I believe Sony would have the edge. If everything is virtually the same, it would come down to who has the best line-up of games. but I agree with World as well, as the they would have to content with the M$ smear campaigns.

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gumbi
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 12:00:13 AM
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If the rumours are true, then the hardware is going to be very similar in capabilities. So launch success is going to come down to advertising and exclusive games.

Sony is notoriously bad at self promotion. I can only recall a few advertising campaigns that were ever any good; The old Crash Bandicoot ads where Crash brags outside the Nintendo Office; The PS9 ad that came out around PS2 launch (which was amazing!); And, of course, the Kevin Butler ads. Does anyone remember that creepy baby ad Sony did for PS3 back when it launched? eugh... WTF was that?

Microsoft typically has better advertising, and a LOT more of it. It'll be everywhere. Not to mention their bags of money they like to throw around to secure exclusive deals.

And of course there's the typical rampant Sony hate from Gamestop/EB employees to contend with...

Time will tell. For me, I just can't wait for some official news about the hardware. I'm sick of rumours!

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FatherSun
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 2:46:09 AM

Part of me hopes that Sony falsely leaked similar specs just to surprise us with a monster of a machine. That would catch everyone off guard. I would be so proud!

When PS3 launched all Sony had to do was let it speak for itself. None of that bizarre absurdity required. I am sure they have learned that lesson.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 12:28:12 AM
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I've never been impressed with Microsoft's ads for the 360. They run a ton of them but they are very poor when it comes to convincing me to buy a 4th 360. They tell you nothing other than "Better with Kinect." or giving out the price for a bare-bones 360. Sony isn't much better outside of Kevin Butler.

The gloves have to come off and they need to do as much "smearing" as MS gets the paid off "journalists" to do. It's time to expose Microsoft as the fraud they are, nickel-and-diming stiffs, charging for online play, ripping their so-called "great" community of CoD cheats, blasting Microsoft's Q&A and touting their exclusives. Perhaps trying to convince Bobby Kotick that he's on the wrong side wouldn't hurt. It's simply time to beat some sense into the dumb Americans and British teens and fanboys who blindly waste their money on a company that only cares about their wallets and not Q&A.

It's now-or-never for Sony in regards to the PS4. The system has to be a rousing success immediately. Kaz Hirai knows it. We all know it. I know a lot of people are angry at MS for stiffing them; even if some of them are dumb pirates trying to make a few bucks off of XBL. There are people willing to change sides. Sony wows them, it's a big help.

Oh yeah. Make sure cross-play is also available right away. People seem to get hard over it over in MS-land. Why, I don't know.

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FatherSun
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 2:56:16 AM

The cross chat feature is what cemented people on Xbox live. They cannot live without it out seems.

"SMEAR" may be too strong a word but I agree that MS needs to be called out on their "ILLUSION" of benefiting its customers. I have always felt like they were trying to trick me into believing that I should pay for things that I don't want or need. Live has always felt like a medium between Nintendo and Sony somehow.

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 12:53:11 AM
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Just want to see the specs on the PS4 and if it's backward compatiable to the PS3.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 1:42:05 AM
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Tons of pressure on Sony to get this right. I know we Sony fans don't like to hear it but Sony's position in the console market is not as strong as it was heading into this generation or even the generation before it. This might not be as big of a deal if Sony's finiancials weren't so awful but it is what is.

Who has the edge early on? We all know Microsoft will just absolutely bombard all forms of media with adverstising. They will will also shell out big time cash for timed exclusitivity deals. Advantage MS. hehe. God have mercy on my soul if Kinect's advertising budget is any indicator of the amount of next gen Xbox advertising I must be forced to endure early on. :(

Sony does have better first party developers but will their relatively low dollar advertising budget get in the way of that?

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FatherSun
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 2:24:10 AM
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1. Announce the next PlayStation AFTER Microsoft.
2. Release it BEFORE the Next Xbox.
3. Price it at least $50 less.
4. Higher specifications!
5. Implement Gaikai with PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 library.

The perfect PlayStation Storm!

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___________
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 4:43:03 AM
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IF that was to happen, which it wont, the xbox will be WAY more powerful!
rumors put it at a 8 core appose to the ps4s peasilly quad core!
8GBs of RAM, appose to maximum 4GBs $ony is apparently still considering only 2GBs how pathetic!
though IF there was complete parity, M$ would still have the advantage simply because they have always had a better relationship with third party developers.
and like it or not, but exclusives are going to be even rarer next gen!
not to mention M$ actually advertises their games!
the city was absolutely flooded with halo 4 propaganda months before release!
GOWA is releasing in 2 months time, wheres those posters?
hell, wheres a single player demonstration thats not the one that was shown at E3 last year!?
gotta love it how on the recent blog, the developers were asked so many times wheres the campaign, and the developers said were as excited as you are about it and cant wait to unveil it.
WTF is this, unveiling is things you do 4+ months before release, not when your games due out in less than 2 months!
especially when said game, was up until now, a SP only game!
sigh, and $ony wonder why there bleeding money and have been ever since the ps3 released!
poor marketing, poor decisions ie canceling 8 days and the getaway 3 for a crappy kids game, and things like GOWA.
THATS why your in the financial disaster you are $ony!

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 5:13:54 AM

True the latest rumors have it at 8 cores but they are also set to a lower clock speed then the four that the PS4 is rumored to have, with one being dedicated to the OS exclusively. And yes it is supposedly going to have 8GB of RAM but it's DDR3 RAM, with 1 1/2-2GB of that going strictly to the OS as well, which also runs slower then the DDR5 RAM that the PS4 is rumored to have. And both are rumored to be using the AMD 8000 series GPU so no difference there between the two, and those are laptop GPU's anyway so not that impressive in the first place. So overall, it may appear to be better just from the numbers, but actually they will run kinda the same in power due to the specific types of gear setups they're using.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 9:11:36 AM

SMH, Sony is in financial hardship because of a lot more than what you state. Sony is a very large company with a lot of different divisions. They have taken steps to remedy their financial situation. To early to tell how things are going to turn out.

Also, you have no idea what the PS4 specs are going to be. You act like you are the poor man's Prachter. Better to wait and see then speculate and spout your Anti-Sony poison campaign over and over again! You are so sick of this generation and how it hasn't innovated enough yet your posts are exactly that, non-innovative and the same over and over. Practice what you preach will ya. Just reading your last post it sounds like you just got out of bed with Microsoft and are smoking a cigarette! It would make sense for you to leave this site and go to a Microsoft site so you could gush loving honey words to your fellow Xbots. However, it's not about that. It's about complaining and unfortunately you find Sony the perfect platform for complaining. You __________ are the ultimate troll.

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___________
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 9:51:25 AM

not the recent one, that had the clock speeds roughly the same.
its going to be interesting to see how developers code for multi CPUs.
im getting a i7 3930K which is a hex core CPU, if the 720 is a oct core and ps4 is a quad theres a nice base balance.
as for the RAM, speed is irrelevant as cervat said give me 32GBs of slow RAM over 16GBs of fast RAM any day of the week!
ESPECIALLY next gen when these things are going to try to be much more multimedia machines.
this gen RAM was a little less important because people were not that fussed with being able to run net browsers, the playstation store, stream music, and play a game.
next gen thats what its all going to be about.
not to mention the 360s OS is FAR more efficient than the ps3s OS, so if anyone should have more RAM its $ony!
im really, really, REALLY worried $ony is doing a vita with the ps4!
ie skimping on the hardware and features because they cant afford to release another 600 dollar system.
if they do its shut the gates there finished!
WHOLE point of playstation has always been to be THE most powerful system of its time.
i really hope they dont forget that!

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Knightzane
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 6:31:38 AM
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I think its going to end up like windows 8. MS has even put those adds on skype. I've read everywhere that people are reverting back to windows 7. I bet the new xbox has yet another 72% fail rate and that causes some real eye openers for the undecided. The fanboys will always stick by it though. Like me for example, im not buying the durango. Have no reason to. Its like choosing between pizza hut and dominoes. Dominoes always wins because in the long run because you have this sense of being full. Content.

As for pizza hut, you get this good deal, but notice somethings off. The pizza is small and there is nothing but grease. You take a bite and enjoy the flavor. Then you start to realize that the grease is whats giving it its flavor, and not the actual pizza. Nintendo is pap murphys. Cheap, delicious pizza. Of course ninty has decided to give their pizza motion controls so i haven't eaten there in awhile.

Ouya is going to be like Ceasers. Super cheap, and for a good reason.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 7:38:58 AM
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All I pray and beg for at this stage is that the PS4 spec is *at least* as good as the X720 specs. That is really all I ask for.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 7:57:34 AM
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XBOX will win in North America out of the gate. Sony will do so everywhere else.

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MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 8:40:14 AM
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It should definitely be called Playstation _________ because just calling it PS4 would be somewhat lame.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 8:43:07 AM

Actually, I am praying for Playstation 4 or PS4.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 8:42:12 AM
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This is a great article Ben! I am so ready for PS4 news! Giddy to be exact. I hope this rumor is correct.

I really think Sony has the edge at launch. If they are able to come up with the launch line up I am hoping for it will be a slaughter! If they can give us an awesome console for $399 Microsoft will struggle to keep up this next gen. Sony's exclusives are so great and we should see some outstanding exclusives at launch. Going to be fun finding out what Sony has up it's sleeve!

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ChaseHammer
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 8:57:48 AM
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LMAO! PS4 is NOT coming out this year...give it a rest already.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 11:46:49 AM

Interesting. What is your source to counter the one provided in the article? I would love to hear an objective reason to support your claim that provides anything more than speculation.

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 1:07:42 PM

i think chase has got a 50/50 chance of being right underdog,probably better.
Considering the source is speculation untill proven correct.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 7:17:54 PM

Delivery is 90% of what's needed to sell an idea. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt that he has more than an near 50% of 10% chance of having a point.

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 1:24:29 PM
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With GTA 5 out this may you'd think PS4 and Xbox720 would be announced alongside it to get pre orders flowing in...my guess is E3 2014 reveal for PS4 with a 2015 november worldwide release.
Sony spent 2 billion dollars in R&D on the PS3 & sold at a loss for years,MS lost billions on the xbox1 and pissed away 1 billion fixing rrods & dodgy disc drives on the xbox360,i'm sure they'd both like to make their money back & then some before releasing a new wave of consoles into a market that at the moments is fluctuating at best....plus i love my ps3 and want The Last Guardian to blow the sh!t out of everything that came before it on any platform.....then PS4 can come out.

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slugga_status
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 4:12:48 PM
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It really comes down to advertising and marketing. In which I'd have to give the edge to M$ out the gate. Only way for Sony to counter is to have stellar launch titles that people have waited for. If specs for each are true then there's not much of a difference more of a preference.

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slugga_status
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 4:12:51 PM
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It really comes down to advertising and marketing. In which I'd have to give the edge to M$ out the gate. Only way for Sony to counter is to have stellar launch titles that people have waited for. If specs for each are true then there's not much of a difference more of a preference.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 7:18:51 PM
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I changed my mind. Who do I think will win the holiday war between PS4 and 720 if they release this year?

PS3. ;)

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kokoro
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 10:09:17 PM
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So has xbox been profitable for Microsoft yet? If not then why stay in the business?

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ulsterscot
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 11:44:58 PM
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So long as they release the PS4 (and have stock available on shelves) before the next COD release date - imagine if the 720 releases before this window and the PS4 afterwards without backwards compatibility for the millions of Playstation COD players who bought COD - the console race would be over before it began.

Oh and KZ4, UC4 and Infamous 3 would help too.

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Nynja
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 @ 8:53:27 AM
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Without knowing all the bells and whistles for each console it's difficult to predict who will have the edge come release day. Based on rumor reports and dev units, it seems Microsoft and Sony will share very similar specs. Both going for AMD APUs/GPUs and Bluray drives. Typically lowest price will win out in total sales. I personally have an issue with subscription fees. I hate them. I have plenty already. If Microsoft continues to charge for their online service, Sony will continue to benefit from that as people like myself will simply look the other way.

Launch consoles tend to have more first party games than 3rd party. Barring Call of Duty from that list, I suspect Sony will have the edge. Sony has a very strong first party list to pick from. Not that Microsoft doesn't have a solid list themselves, I just believe variety is always better. So long it's not all junk.

If both consoles are priced the same, I think you might see the PlayStation come out on top by a few thousand.

Should Microsoft actually beat out Sony on initial price point, I think we could have very different results regardless of available launch titles. Microsoft has been successful with their $99 360 under contract. I expect to see many $199 deals with monthly fees for the next Xbox. That will hurt Sony bad if they cannot offer the same deal.

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JROD0823
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 @ 1:48:48 PM
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For me personally, it will be the same story as the last two generations, I'll buy Sony's console, while completely ignoring whatever it is Microsoft offers.

If I ever do actually want to play anything that comes out on the new X-box, I will have plenty of friends that will get one, so why waste my own money?

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