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GameStop: PS4 Global Launch In 2013, Unsure About Microsoft

Sony said to expect the PS4 to arrive for this year's holiday season, but they didn't specify which regions would see the new console in 2013.

Apparently, though, that's because the electronic giant is preparing a global launch for their new console. During GameStop's latest earnings call, executive vice president Mike Hogan said they know the PS4 will enjoy a global release in 2013. Here's the statement in question:

"We know that Sony will introduce the PlayStation 4 globally in 2013, but we are still waiting to see what Microsoft's final plans are. We have scenarios with one console introduction, as well as with two."

So essentially, they're saying Sony is locked into a worldwide launch of their new machine in every region in 2013, but Microsoft hasn't made the same commitment. We've also heard rumors about further Xbox 720/Durango manufacturing delays, even though we're supposed to get the official announcement some time this month. As for the PS4, this would be the first PlayStation console to receive a simultaneous global release.

Are we excited yet?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 launch, ps4 release date

4/2/2013 10:11:17 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

Beamboom
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 11:08:04 AM
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Yes we are.

Sony is going to PWN the launch of the next generation.

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telly
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 11:32:46 AM

We still don't know what Microsoft's plans are, but their silence is striking at this point. PS4 is absolutely dominating all of the coverage and hype right now, simply because there is no other upcoming console to talk about. Microsoft needs to make a big splash with their console announcement, and soon, if they want to have any shot of slowing Sony's momentum.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 1:06:41 PM

I am a fan and admit my thinking is 50% wishes and 50% logic, but I can't see how Microsoft can interfere much with Sonys traction now.
So far they've done everything right including excellent timing, they got the press and the gamers and everyone with them, so unless they really shit on their leg sometime between now and the holidays things look very, very promising.


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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 3:00:39 PM

M$ might come out of the cave and start hitting big with there advertising.

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H0TSHELLZ
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 11:13:40 AM
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Too excited, im ready to Pre-Order right NOW !

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Akuma07
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 8:27:28 PM

heh... Did that on February 21st.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 12:11:42 PM
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I am ready mentally but not physically.

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infamousgodV2_0
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 2:00:59 PM
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My body is Reggie !!! oops wrong company lol xD

Yes im ready just give a release date and a list of launch titles Then sony can just take my money

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 2:18:28 PM
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It's like in war, it's scariest when it's quiet. Microsoft is currently fighting many losing wars on numerous fronts, are they plotting some kind of Wunderwaffe over there?

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 2:46:16 PM
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Not sure what MS can really do. Their next console will undoubtedly use Windows in some form. It will undoubtedly be based on almost identical base hardware to the PS4, with a few tweaks here and there, maybe a few more or less GPU cores, that kind of thing. But really, the consoles will be extremely similar in hardware.

MS will have their enhanced Kinect, but Sony has it's enhanced Move. So no real advantage there. I think that content and services will be the things that make the difference. 1st party PS4 games, multi-plats that don't suck and a back catalog like no other are all advantages that Sony will bring to bear. MS can only counter with iterations of 3-4 key franchises, and possibly the original Xbox back catalog too (original Xbox was an x86 design too, should be easy to emulate).

Sony has the advantage right now, and if they do not squander that advantage, I don't think that MS has anything that can compete. Though I am certain that they will try a lot of hand waving and posturing about Kinect and Surface, or is it Windows...?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 3:19:18 PM

Software and service appears to be the future of consoles as they become little PCs. I'm not sure windows is going to help them much as Apple computers and their OSes seem to be the place to be for the youth of today.

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Cravit8
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 3:33:18 PM

I'm positive that if we visited the M$ fanboy forums, there would be some really knowledgeable guys there with lots of good theories and heresay on how great the Xbox will be.

But how can it be? Windows is horrible, there is nothing "personal" about Windows on a PC. It will be worse when affiliated with a console. I never realized how much I hated Windows till I moved to a Mac and bought a PS3 both in the same year.

It kills me that their horrible marketing somehow calls in the lemmings in droves. It literally just shows people being surprised at what a Windows product can do...hilarious.

All that beings said, I still don't understand why the PS4 can't have a replaceable GPU card in a slot like they do for the HDD.
Wouldn't that make sense? It would blow xbox out of the freaking water for 10 years if for ~$120 you could double or triple your FPS with one OEM user-replaceable part.

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 4:41:53 PM

From windows xp to present, I think vista was the worst.

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 5:02:46 PM

Cravit8,

A replaceable GPU would not work well, it would produce systems of varying base chipsets, forking the platform and requiring developers to either ship games with the ability to run on both, or focusing only on the upgraded systems. Basically as soon as you do that you start splitting the user base. Consoles work because they are a fixed platform that everyone can rely on being the same.

The only thing I would like to see Sony throw in as a hardware add on would be a PS2 card (PS2 SoC to give local PS1/PS2 compatibility) and/or a PS3 card to bring the Cell and RSX to the PS4.

A PS2 card is extremely doable, but a PS3 one would face power consumption and cooling issues, so I doubt that we'll see a PS3 expansion card. PS2 would work though.

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Cesar_ser_4
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 7:04:30 PM

Is there anything fancy to the RSX that the "brand spanking new" GPU in the APU cannot emulate? I think Sony would be better off incorporating a Cell into the system without the need of the RSX. The PS2 add on card is a great idea, but I doubt Sony will go that much back into BC.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 8:28:33 PM

Actually the rumors are that the Next-Box is less powerful than the PS4.

Another rumor is that a large portion of the processing power is reserved for background applications that run while you are playing games.

Pretty much sounds like a Windows console to me.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 10:08:15 PM

I suspect the next-xbox will sacrifice more of it's power for the tech that goes into the Kinect. That is there's probably a target price they're aiming for so more mainstream arbitrary elements like GPU power will probably be sacrificed in favor of the more marketable user-friendly motion bullcrap.

Personally, I hate the idea of being forced to buy into something like the Kinect at the expense of more powerful hardware.
Another thing. I've been so used to NOT paying for Xbox Live I'll have a real hard time ever considering a pay to play online fee again.

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Simcoe
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 3:17:35 PM
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M$ is going to have a hard time convincing people that they'll be essentially leasing a piece of hardware rather than owning it outright.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 3:20:11 PM

I'm wondering about that, because the cell phone generation is tricked easily with such contracts.

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Simcoe
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 7:08:09 PM

My point is because MS has required an always connected console, what happens when MS decides it's no longer cost effect for them to provide the back end server support for the console. Any games (especially disc based games) or content purchase that reside on that console and the console itself are suddenly rendered useless.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 7:17:02 PM

A good point but we don't know for sure if it will be an always on system.

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Cravit8
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 3:43:07 PM
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I'm with Worlds on that. The 1000 or so techie libertarians who won't buy the Xbox 720 because of "leasing" agreements is not a factor in M$ strategy at all.

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 4:55:47 PM
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Question for everyone.
What if Sony was to create a final PS3 version, including a model that restores the PS2 compatibility by placing the PS2 System on a chip on the motherboard again, like the first PS3s had. It would be a PlayStation that could run every PS1, PS2 and PS3 game.

Would it sell well along side the PS4, or would it take market from the PS4? What would you pay for such a system if it's selling at the same time as PS4?

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Tim Speed24
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 6:07:33 PM

I would buy the PS4 and not be too concerned with a PS3 backward compatible machine. It's very difficult to go backwards in technology for me.

Some games stand the test of time, like God of War but games like the original Tomb Raider are hard to stomach visually now. Don't get me wrong, when I played all the Tomb Raider games on PS1 they were the best ever, at the time.

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Cesar_ser_4
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 7:09:24 PM

It would depend on what other bells and whistles it may have. But at its core I would pay maybe around $250 like I said it depends on what else it may have.

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photo K
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 7:18:16 PM

I wouldn't buy it, I still have a day one launch PS3 with b/c. I would have both this PS3 and PS4 on the same entertainment center. Now if the PS4 came out with b/c for all, then that would be amazing.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 7:21:18 PM

I think it's too late for that to be worth doing, it might have been viable earlier but PS4 has the hype now and most have made their peace with B/C being a thing of the past and have both a PS2 and PS3 at home. We're likely to see PS2 classics expand more on the network instead.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 8:30:37 PM

It would do about as well as the PS3 would normally after a next-gen release.

Most people aren't going to splash the cash on a new PS3 when they can get the PS4 and play the games of the future, instead of the games of the past.

Most people these days aren't hardcore gamers who love to go back and play the classics of yesteryear.

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Highlightreel
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 7:14:55 PM
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My thinking is that this isn't over. M$ is MAYBE just making sure their product beats the PS4 in some or all categories. It's basically a computer now without some weird cell processors (I'm NOT a computer "genius" (air quotes) at all. In fact, "I used to get bear claws stuck 2 at a time right here". Anyone get the reference?) so all M$ needs to do to steal back the momentum is up the RAM to 10 or some other processing stat that helps graphics or use Nvidia or my point is ANYTHING to make the 14 yr old kids think it's statistically better and they'll pimp their parents to get that one. I'm nervous. Silence is scary. They could be planning a gigantic E3 event and come June...be on top again? What do you think? Rambling point, and I've had a few scotches, but I hope you get what I'm trying to say.

Stay Classy PSX...

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Akuma07
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 8:32:23 PM

The problem with that theory, is that changing any aspects of the next-boxes hardware would cause a huge delay, it would be another year before it was released.

It isn't as easy as just waking in more RAM or a better CPU.

Most 14 Year old kids don't care about the specs, they care about playing Call of Duty with all their friends. Ultimately, word of mouth is where the 14 year old market is at. Unfortunately Microsoft seems to have them in their pockets after the 360.

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:51:32 AM

They won't up the memory to 10GB, it would either be 12 or 16, both of which would be pointless overkill and expensive. The almost certainly will not go nVidia, there is bad blood between MS and nVidia because of what happened between them with the original Xbox. Microsoft's options are quite limited in terms of trying to outdo the PS4.

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photo K
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 7:20:45 PM
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MS has a huge user base, so I know they will be fine, but how much ground have they lost thus far to the Sony PS4? It's hard to tell right now. I'm wondering if MS was surprised by the PS4 announcement, its so quiet on the MS front, they could be scrambling for a counter strategy.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 8:36:23 PM

First thing they did was make jokes about the fact that they didn't show the actual console.

Apparently Microsoft doesn't understand what effective marketing is.

but yeah, you're right about that, their user base is what will keep them trolling along. Most Xbots are total fanboys, they are similar to Apple fanboys.

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SuMtOnE
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 8:38:16 PM
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wait! what? they releasing it by the end of 2013? dang i always thought they do an announcement than it gets release within 1 - 2 years afterwards

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___________
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 6:31:37 AM
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i really cant see a global launch, it just creates so many headaches!
first you have simply stock of the system, there is ALWAYS shortages of units so releasing it in every country is really going to make shortages worse.
then you have the games that need to be localized and ready to go in every country.
US is easy, they normally release first because the US speaks 1 language.
SCEE has to look after so many more!
not to mention server lag and whatnot.
look at what the wiiu copped on launch.
the US received it first and the servers crashed because everyone was accessing them at once downloading the day 1 FW update.
than EU received it months later and then the servers crashed again.
imagine how much worse the problem would of been if it released worldwide.

id be nice if it did launch worldwide, but i really cant see that happening.
the rumored JP and US launch this november, than next feb for EU still sounds the most likely to me.


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ricksterj
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 1:30:08 PM
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I'm willing to wait.

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ransomink
Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 6:52:17 AM
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Hardly interested in the nextBox. I'll only turn my head if they have games to boot because that's what matters most, I hope. Sony has constantly been good on that front...

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