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What If The PS4 And Xbox 720 Launched On The Same Day?

Obviously, the chances of this are extraordinarily small, but it's a fun what-if question.

More information continues to come to light for Microsoft's new console, and Sony has said they intend to have the next PlayStation on store shelves before the Xbox 720 (or at least around the same time). So there is some evidence to support the theory that both new machines will launch during the 2013 holiday season.

This has never happened, by the way (at least, not in the realm of Sony vs. Microsoft). The original PlayStation only had Nintendo and Sega as competitors; the PS2 launched in October of 2000 while the Xbox and GameCube didn't drop until November of the following year (US dates, of course). The PS3 hit in November of 2006 while the 360 had already been out for nearly a year. So far, the launches have been a year apart. So what might happen if both consoles came out on the same day? Or even in the same month...? It'd be interesting to see the wars that would erupt online; perhaps it'd all come down to launch software, or maybe the price would be a big issue if one console was significantly more than the other.

The question is: If the not-so-impossible did happen and both systems launched closely together, which company would have the advantage? Early adopters of the PS3 might be inclined to wait, as that launch had all sorts of problems. Furthermore, while the 360 clearly seems tapped out, the PS3 has a lot of life left in it (as most developers have attested to), and many gamers might be plenty satisfied with the current PlayStation for a while. So a simultaneous launch really might favor the 360, especially in the US, where Microsoft just about always tops Sony in terms of sales.

What say you?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, xbox 720, new xbox, new playstation

4/2/2012 9:02:55 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (48 posts)

Rogueagent01
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 9:21:19 PM
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I definitely think M$ would hold the advatage in the US for the reasons you stated. The next PS system is going to have a couple of hurdles to overcome, but I think if they approach this system with developers in mind it won't be long till they reclaim the top spot worldwide.

However I would just love to sit outside some stores with a camcorder recording the fanboy mayhem "broken glasses everywhere", "countless slap fights", and just too many of the "NO your stupid arguements". I don't think I would have enough memory card space, lol. That would be so entertaining!

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Qubex
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 4:04:05 AM

Lol... "constant slap fights"... as we know, these can turn even more violent and dangerous the actual consoles are un-boxed and thrown at the opposing crowds...

"Here... have a little piece of the PS4"... "up yours, take some Xbox like this..."

I wait for baited breadth to see the ensuing stupidity, immaturity and general carnage online as fan boys go after each other's digital throats...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Raze22
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 9:24:22 PM
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I think everything is going to be a repeat of what we see now.

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Temjin001
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 9:45:08 PM
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What say me is...
Retailer employees sad because they have to dole out systems to two lines of people at midnight.

Police officers mad because they have to keep the two lines of gamers from hate crimes.

Employers sad because of record breaking sick days reported.

Highlander sad because Xbox will use Power PC and PS will use x86 =p

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Cpt_Geez
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 10:00:16 PM

I heard the new xbox is going to have to be connected online at all times.

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Temjin001
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 11:38:31 PM

But isn't that a rumor for both systems?

Anyway, I really hope it's not true. I don't have Internet at my new place and here I am trying to login to Steam to play a game, it says it can't connect to the Internet so it asks me to start in offline mode. But when I try to start in offline mode it says it can't connect to the Internet !
I go and try to load DA: Origins which EA's Origin service sucked into its library and it won't let me play until I register the game online, which is something I've done already like 5 times. Can't I just play a game? Well, I suppose there's Splinter Cell... Good old Splinter Cell free from any contingent DRM crap. Yeah, I hope this doesn't become the face of console gaming. Heck, I really hope Nintendo doesn't jump on this wagon of locking crap down... You never really own a game otherwise.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 12:29:28 AM

Oh man, just came across another anonymous Wii U dev claiming its not up to par with PS3 or even Vita, graphically. Yeah, so that sucks.

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___________
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 5:05:22 AM

dont hold too much light into that they cant make up their minds!
first it was 1.5 times more powerful, then it was just slightly, then it was about the same and now its less.
so i think its best off just waiting till ninty reveal the specs because obviously developers dont have the slightest clue!

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Temjin001
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 10:37:49 AM

You're right, but when there's a handful of devs, one revealed and another unknown, sort of haromonizing in statements about it's lesser capabilities I'm beginning to think there's some truth to it all.

It must be difficult for Nintendo to market a console that includes a tablet device. I'm sure expenses can escalate rather quickly, thus having to make sacrifices to other componenets, like graphics, something Nintendo has neglected to lead with since N64.

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Cpt_Geez
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 11:24:37 AM

I didn't know that both systems were rumored to require a online connection at all times. That will hurt sells for those who don't have internet.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 3:29:06 PM

That's only been rumored for Xbox, I haven't heard anything of that for the new PS system yet.

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___________
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 8:39:26 AM

gotta wait and see i guess.
ive read 3 stories from vergil the guys doing darksiders 2.
last year they said its slightly more powerful.
in a article with gameinformer they said its about the same.
and now there saying its quite far behind.
so guys which one is it?
yea it will be extremely hard for ninty to market a device with a tablet controller and still maintain higher graphics.
but that said the ps3 and 360 are 6 and 7 years old!
come on, prices for that hardware has tumbled since then!
even with the cool tablet controller ninty should be able to whip something up at least equivalent to current systems.

plus they have to remember they release this year, $ony and M$ release next year.
so they need to close the gap as much as possible to reduce the gap for next gen systems.
the wii did extremely well this gen because of the motion control gimmick.
that kept it alive up until 2 years ago when people started to get sick of SD graphics.
next gen though, well what gimmick does ninty have to stop people from switching over?
the tablet?
im not so sure that will hold people off like MC for the wii did.
long story short if ninty releases a less powerful system then ps3 and 360, then there going to make life REALLY hard for themselves when their replacements release!

you have to remember profit in these things always comes from software not hardware.
so what reason do customers have to buy the wiiu versions of games over ps3 or 360 or even their replacements?
thats the biggest problem ninty will face, if they cannot offer equivalent graphics to the 6 year old ps3 and 7 year old 360 then they can kiss their spot in this industry goodbye!
their first party titles will do better then ever, but they will be in serious trouble with third party games.
TBH i can see the wiiU turning into the N64 2.
allot of exclusive franchises left nintendo with that simply because they thought it was too outdated.
im worried the same will happen again and big third party games wont be available for it.

ninty really shot themselves in the foot with the wii by going SD.
now they have make a bucket load of cash with the wii!
its outsold ps3 and 360 for so so long, so they really need to dig their heels in, release a amazing console that beats the ps3 and 360 in power.
even if its at a massive loss they should be able to whether the storm because they have a big market at the moment thanks to the success of the wii, and the success even of the 3DS.
they need to pack as much as they can in there otherwise im worried it will flop quick smart!

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Metal Head
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 9:50:18 PM
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If PS4 is not backward compatible i'm not buying until its 3th or 4th year. I don't mind paying $600 again if I get what I want. The majority of Sony fans want a backward compatible PS4 over a cheaper console. If both consoles cost the same, it will be interesting to see the reaction of gamers. We know that games are what break and make a console. Alot of people choose Xbox over PS3 because former PS3 exclusives went multiplatform. Xbox had games and Playstation only had the potential to have better games at the beginning of this generation.

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bebestorm
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 9:51:51 PM
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Its all about the price and launch games for me because I don't have any attachments to brands.

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Stabs88
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 10:02:39 PM

Agreed!!

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telly
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 9:10:22 AM

I'd be lying if I didn't say I had a bit of an affinity for Sony -- PlayStations have, by and large, made me really happy the last 15 odd years. But they have to bring the goods if they want my money, period. If PS4 doesn't have the good stuff, I'll get over not having one quite quickly.

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Cpt_Geez
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 9:57:05 PM
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I wouldn't be able to buy both systems on launch date. I'd prolly pick up the ps4 first.

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cLoudou
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 10:02:04 PM
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The sewers run red with Burgandy's blood, hyah!

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SaiyanSempai
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 10:03:31 PM
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No backwards compatibility is definitely going to affect my decision for early adoption of the PS4. I am perfectly happy with my PS3 right now.

But if they really bring it with the quality games, then I might be persuaded.

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bluedarrk
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 10:06:06 PM
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I think what truly matters it what each system will cost and the launch titles.

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Pandacastro
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 10:12:39 PM
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Somebody better record the fights between the fanboys.

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daus26
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 11:04:37 PM
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Well obviously, M$ got the advantage, specifically in advertisements and promotions. If Sony hopes to have the strongest start possible, I'm afraid it would probably have to be launched BEFORE the next Xbox, even if slightly. Seriously, I still have friends and family that's not even aware of the Vita, and that thing doesn't really have a "main" competitor in terms of portable gaming technology.

That said though, in the long run, Sony will eventually come on top in sales. They may not start as strong as M$, but if they can do as well as now with a year behind in launch time, launching at the same time will only do better, right?

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 3:13:04 PM

It's sad and what I really don't understand is why they spend all that money for ads, and still there systems RROD alot, weird how M$ operates the 360.

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Riku994
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 11:18:55 PM
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Don't forget that in N.A. the PS3 and Wii were only 2 days off of eachother when they launched.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 12:54:17 AM
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If they launch at the same time I believe it will boil down to three factors: Specifications, price and launch titles. It will be a bloody battle.

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cadpig
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 2:38:09 AM
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I will probably end up getting both systems at some point. My first next gen system purchase is going to depend on the quality of the launch titles and price.
Sadly, i doubt if Sony or Microsoft are going to have out of the box backwards compatibility, since the chipsets are so different.

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THEVERDIN
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 3:24:35 AM
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Well lets see buy 720 at launch then send in for repair 2 weeks later. While waiting buy another 720

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___________
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 5:07:24 AM
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wont happen.
if it did though does not matter i know which one im buying.
$ony lost me when they locked my account because i contacted my bank and filed for CC fraud.
what a brilliant way to treat your fans!
some d*ck uses your network to steal my financial information, and as if thats not insult to injury enough you close my account for reporting it?
what f*ckwitts!!!!!!!
so sad that you have to file a lawsuit just to get whats legally yours!

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 1:17:51 PM

Ur funny...

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___________
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 8:40:14 AM

and what part of CC fraud is funny?
if its so funny give me your CC details and will see how funny it is.
yea i thought so!

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 7:51:02 AM
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I'd be inclined to hold back for a few months on either console considering the failure rate of the 360 and the fact that the PS3 still has plenty of life, though might not when the new hardware release arrives.

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 8:34:33 AM
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For me it would be up to the launch games. Since there is no BC I wouldn't have any problems waiting for top tier games to launch. However, knowing Sony they will have the very best line up with Uncharted 4, Killzone 4, God of War 4 and so on. I know I would buy the PS4 D1!
Back to no BC, I would then be looking for a great deal on a backup PS3. I am still on my original 80GB Fat. So, not sure how long it's going to last.
If the X720 and PS4 launched on the same day it would be epic. Knowing there won't be a difference between game versions due to Sony changing their architecture we could see some defections to Sony's side.
Also, I believe how Sony and MS handle the used game market will have a HUGE impact on gamers decisions. If both consoles hit used games where it counts then it's a moot point.
It's definitely exciting and I am really looking forward to seeing what Sony has up it sleeve as far as hardware, controller type and launch games.

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Mogreen
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 8:54:36 AM
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Regardless I will get PS4 only, but It won't be a d1p unless it's BC compatible.

But for Sony to gain ground on Microsofts nextbox fans, Sony NEEDS to bring it with advertisements,games,and social connectivity features if it wants to stand a chance against M$ in the U.S if they release around the same time.

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Danny007
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 9:00:14 AM
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Lol That is a fun what-if question. I would imagine riots and major fanboy talk in super long lines. I'd be in one of these lines, waiting for the PS4 of course.

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telly
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 9:20:46 AM
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I think the PS3 clearly has more tricks up its sleeve -- but we may not feel that way a good 18 months from now. I think the last thing Sony wants to do is hit the wall in terms of what PS3 can do and not have the next generation PS available when that happens.

And I think they REALLY don't want to let Microsoft get the jump on them again. First years for consoles are, generally speaking, pretty lackluster. The systems are often prohibitively expensive (PS3 launched for $600!), there are only so many games, the best stuff usually doesn't start arriving until year two or even three, developers are still feeling their way around the hardware so the earliest titles reflect that, etc. There are big exceptions to this (Mario 64 was a launch title, as was Halo CE, etc.), but again, generally speaking, that first year is a mixed bag at best. If microsoft gets the jump on Sony again, Sony runs the risk of letting Microsoft work out the kinks and get in great position to fend off PS4 when it launches. The last thing Sony wants to do is give Microsoft a full year to lower their price, build a much bigger library of games, release more AAA titles, work out hardware/software kinks, etc. before PS4 is even released. That's my sense, at any rate.

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 11:12:27 AM
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If they launch on the same day, the NA market will remain difficult for Sony, PS4 will seel, but be outsold here by the MS Box. Elsewhere Sony will do better. If Sony makes the thing $400 or less and throws in PS3 compatibility, I actually think it will sell strongly - even in the US. At $400, a PS4 that was also a PS3 would be easy to justify for any early adopter, and a lot of the better financed gamers.

But there is one thing that we *al* need to remember in this. With the PS3 there was BluRay. The PS3 was both a BluRay player and a game system. It was sold as both, and for a long time was one of the best BluRay players around, and one of the least expensive. This time the PS4 will be more purely a gaming and entertainment device without the BluRay distinction. More so than with the PS3, the launch library and compatibility will be important.

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Hoagie324
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 1:05:31 PM
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Good point brought up there, Highlander. Sony will really have to step up their game to ensure good sales against Microsoft's next console, moreso than the PS3, since (as of now) there's nothing "new" that the PS4 has going for it. It'll be important to keep some backwards compatibility as well as have a good launch library to capture the interest of gamers on the fence.

Regardless of how the PS4 is, it'll definitely be a day one purchase for me. I've got MUCH more time out of my PS3 than what I bought it for. I don't care so much about PS1 and PS2 compatibility, but I really think that it'll need PS3 compatibility, which really shouldn't be a problem, provided that a blu-ray drive is used in the PS4. However the machine is, I hope Sony doesn't disappoint. It'll be great for their console to have an advantage over Microsoft's this time around.

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 3:16:01 PM

I don't believe every RROD 360 was a good sale at all.

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 3:19:01 PM
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If the price is right and the 720 is a whole alot of better improvements over the 360, I will certainly will pick up the 720 too, oh and + it depends on the game launch lineup too.

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 4:36:33 PM
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PS4 hardware rumors? Anyone remember seeing this one? It chimes in with what a lot of the rumors have said about a future Cell derived CPU for PS4.

http://www.smarthouse.com.au/Gaming/Industry/F5C6F8A6?page=1

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daus26
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 7:59:27 PM

Now that's a rumor I like! Cell ftw.

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ulsterscot
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 4:49:59 PM
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the big problem would slipping both machines past the wife - she's not the most technically aware - but 2 new machines suddenly appearing under the tv would set off her spidey sense for sure

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DarthNemesis
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 6:38:34 PM
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Well I am never buying a xbox no matter the generation as the brand does not offer any thing exciting or exclusive for me.I dont think the xbox would have any advantage because it will not have a year head start or the ability to market 3rd party games like this generation.With the wii u coming first I doubt companies will give the next xbox exclusive dlc with 3rd party games being on more than 2 platforms.That was the xbox360s selling point and I believe that first party games will be even bigger with every third party game being multi and ms has the weakest first party line up.Gears will be on both the wii u and ps4 for sure.I think that puts ms in the toughest position since they depend on 3rd party games the most.

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ulsterscot
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 8:30:46 PM
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Im pretty sure Microsoft owns both Halo and Gears franchises despite Bungie and Epic moving on - lets face it - without Halo and Gears there would be no reason to buy an Xbox as well. This is why they stopped both games being available for the PC when it came to sequals.

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 9:21:50 PM

Yeah, MS owns both games IP. They will remain MS exclusive, although not necessarily Xbox exclusive (I mean that they could appear on PC as well) - depending on what MS chooses to do with them.

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Mogreen
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 9:42:35 AM
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^^^ I thought shortly after Bioware first announced Mass Effect 2 coming to playstation, that Epic guy Mark said in an interview that Epic owns their IP(Gears) But they will keep it exclusive to microsoft because they were such a great partner and they know how important gears was to them.

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Maruf
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 3:48:17 PM
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That is what I'm hoping for. But also hoping that the config will be identical. Time will tell as always

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Crabba
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 7:30:40 PM
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...and according to latest rumors the ps4/xbox720 will basically be a 5-yearold outdated pc. How exciting!!

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