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Any Room On The Next-Gen Hype Train For Two New Systems?

So Microsoft is going to give us all "a real taste of the future" on May 21 when they unveil their new Xbox console.

Consider the epic system wars that will be infecting video game forums and communities all around the Internet. Then consider the following question:

Is there really room on the next-gen hype train for two new consoles? The bottom line is that most consumers may not be able to afford both systems immediately, which means they'll have to pick a side. So if they have to pick a side, who wins...?

The question being, is it possible for gamers to be equally excited about the two machines on the horizon? I'm not sure it is. I think it's obvious that most will be selecting their horse based on what they see in May, and then sticking with that horse. But as is the case in all big business, headlines and hype often translate to sales. What if the PS4 and Xbox 720 sort of just block each other? What if there really isn't any room on that train? What if they kinda cancel each other out and neither side gains the edge?

Of course, this is all assuming that Microsoft unveils a system that goes over as well as the PS4 did. That's altogether possible, especially because the US has been Xbox's domain this past generation. The PS4 has enjoyed a horde of positive headlines; if the new Xbox gets very similar headlines, I wonder if the hype train will quite simply derail. Too much stress and pressure. Neither console emerges victorious. ...and yet, those system wars will still be epic. And embarrassing, I'm sure.

Tags: next generation, next gen consoles, ps4, playstation 4, xbox 720

4/24/2013 9:09:42 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

DrRockso87
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 10:31:32 PM
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If I have to choose one, then PS4 all the way, baby! inFamous, Uncharted, Sly Cooper, Ratchet & Clank Jak and Daxter (please), LittleBigPlanet, Quantic Dream and whatever else Sony has lined up next-gen.

I might even skip the Xbox 720 and just game on my PC. Microsoft never really has any exclusives I care about that stay exclusive (even Alan Wake is on PC).

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 10:43:01 PM

PS4, and PC for me. :p

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Beamboom
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 1:28:08 AM

Yeah, PS4 and PC for me too. In many ways I see it as the perfect combo.

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 2:01:06 PM

Sounds like it would be a smarter move for M$ to hire devs and pay them to make exclusives for the PC instead for; if the next box is a always online connection to play and if they charge consumers extra for online multiplayer.


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McClane
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 10:59:02 PM
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Yes, there is room...

As long as the stupid fanboy troll wars don't start again.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 11:07:28 PM
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It's quite possible that folks will simply stick with what they had. Those who already have time and money invested in Live will want to carry their status over and PS3 gamers will want to keep getting the best exclusives with PS4.

I'm sort of looking forward to the new console wars in a sadistic kind of way so I can sit back and laugh at the futile tumult of humanity.

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Yukian
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 11:58:19 PM

Nice, sit back and relish the massive destruction and utter chaos... buahahahaha (Kefka laugh)

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Killa Tequilla
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 12:18:43 AM

A lot of Xbox fanboys over at IGN are stating that they're done with Xbox and Microsoft. Reason being is that an always online console is a no-no and Microsoft has no exclusives. They're finally coming out of the closet.

Anyway, I will buy my Ps4 sometime in 2014, I have a lot of games to still play on my Ps3 and just a couple on my Xbox 360. I hope that the next Xbox really does focus on entertainment more than games, I like my HBOGo, VEVO, YouTube, Netflix, etc., apps on my Xbox. I use my Xbox to play Halo, but mostly to watch HBOGo and use the apps. Ordering Pizza via Xbox will be a great addition to the family of growing apps Xbox has.

Use PS4 for hardcore gaming, use Xbox 720 for movies and TV shows (within apps), you've got a perfect combination. Who needs cable TV anymore? For a lot less you can pay for your internet and subscriptions services like Netflix or HULU for A LOT less than a freaking $100+ monthly bill.


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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 12:38:25 AM

I ignore all fanboy gaming haters, don't want to get caught in between with all the bulls***, it's a waste of time.

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 12:33:44 AM
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Why even bother if M$ next gen doesn't even use blu-ray. Easy win for me Sony.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 3:33:52 AM
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I am very excited for what the Wii-U seems to be offering soon. A Xenoblade 2, Zelda: Wind Waker in HD and many new titles announced for E3. If the PS4 does not have much to offer soon it could win me over. So for now it is really one or the other. Mainly because I can't afford every system brand new nor do I like the clutter on my ever growing console table...

But with Metal Gear Solid V confirmed for PS3, I am not in an immediate hurry for a PS4. So far none of the titles have me licking my lips so I am really waiting for this E3 to see what the PS4 can really offer.

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Knightzane
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 4:43:51 AM
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I love how MS is always ready to claim they're winning. Even when they know they're not. Just how NO one knew about Sony's press conference. Just how they're going to show us the "Real Future" They're so scared they couldn't even come up with they're own reveal slogan. I plan on buying a wii U next year to support Nintendo.

They may have lost they're way, but i don't want to see them vanish in the night. MS took my money when i bought a 360 that broke in 2 weeks. I give everything a second chance, but lying, cheating, selfish money grubbing bastardoes don't deserve my monies nor a second chance. So ps4, pc and wii u. Thats what i'll be using this next gen. And i don't like being so negative but i hope MS burns out and someone takes domain over the xbox. Ha, i said that then picture EA taking over xbox.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 7:31:27 AM

As Charlie Sheen would say "winning!"

Their current rhetoric "real future" etc shows they are scared.

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Axe99
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 4:51:50 AM
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I'm sure the Xbox 720 will be solid, but the single biggest dampener on my interest in the next Xbox was picking up a current one. It's not bad by any stretch, but when push comes to shove it's just not as strong as the PS3 when it comes to the games (or the controller, imo). I'll be watching the next Xbox reveal with interest, but I fully expect Microsoft to cater heavily to the teen-bro market, and we get enough of that on multiplats. I hope they do different, but if they don't I can't see myself getting a NextBox at the end of next gen to catch up, let alone the start.

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___________
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 5:14:45 AM
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of course theres room for two, just the curiosity of what will differentiate the two will automatically get people excited for both!
at the end of the day it will boil down to whos available first, and also who has what on day 1.
no one cares about the future, its all about what you can offer me now!
i just hope M$ puts their studios to better use than what they have in the past.
they have some really talented people, who have been squandered away!
lets just say like $ony, they need to stop hiring ferrari to create a toy car!
i think the best manufacture in the world is a little over skilled to create a toy car...............
in short kinda a waste to hire a crane to lift a 1 gram weight.

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Comic Shaman
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 11:40:42 AM
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Prepare yourselves for a Kinect barrage with the new MS system. That's my prediction. They're going to aggressively try to go after the casual market that they believe Nintendo has lost with the WiiU.

But unlike Nintendo, they'll also want to retain the FPS fanbase that has given the X360 such success, so they'll have to make their machine technically up-to-date. Which means they'll either sell it at a huge loss, make a technically weaker machine than the PS4, or risk pricing themselves out of the casual market.

I'm curious to see what happens.

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Ultima
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 2:11:26 PM
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I'm curious to see if/how Sony will pricematch the PS4 to the new Xbox and it's rumoured two pricepoints: $499 for regular unit, or $299 + 2 year subscription. If I were Sony, I would try -really- hard to price their unit at no more than $399 (which I would do anyway, but this is just added incentive). Unless they're going with two SKUS as well, they likely won't be able to match the $299 subscription model, but they can seriously undercut the $499 Xbox model.

If Sony IS going with two SKUs, they need to ensure that $399 is the ceiling of the more expensive unit. They can NOT afford to lose on price point out the gate!

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JROD0823
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 3:04:57 PM

I don't think (at least I hope not) Sony will be stupid enough to price themselves out of being competitive with the Nextbox like they did at the start of this generation.

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JROD0823
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 3:00:15 PM
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I may get the Nextbox just to play a couple exclusives, since I will be making decent money as an RN in a couple years, but my main focus is going to always be PlayStation 4.

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telly
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 4:47:34 PM
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Lots of xbox gamers really like their live friends lists and achievements, and will want to transfer all of that to the next system. I think that ecosystem is a huge asset for Microsoft, in terms of retaining their core customers. Microsoft is just now about to start the hype going, and I'm not sure they have such a heavy lift in front of them when it comes to exciting their base.

I think Sony, though, is going to have a better chance at getting some of MS's market share between a (probably) competitive price point and a much stronger launch lineup than PS3 had. Hmm...

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Rogueagent01
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 6:20:53 PM
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With gaming being as mainstream as it is now there is no doubt that there is plenty of room for the systems. I wouldn't be shocked if another system was to come into existence(announced) before the year is out, be it a Steam device or an Apple iConsole.

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