Does PS4's One Week Head Start Mean Anything Significant?
Both next-gen consoles have been dated: November 15 for the PlayStation 4 and November 22 for the Xbox One.
Earlier this year, I remember wondering what might happen if the two systems launched within a few days or a week of each other. I remember thinking, "Man, that showdown would be epic." And maybe it will be. Perhaps it's the shot in the arm this industry needs; overall sales figures throughout 2013 have been borderline abysmal.
Of course, this generation has lasted longer than any previous generation, and gamers and developers alike are getting antsy. This being said, does a one-week head-start for the PS4 mean anything at all? Impatience is unfortunately quite common these days, but I doubt that come November 15, a core gamer will say- "Damn, I can't wait another week for the Xbox One; I gotta get the PS4 right now!" Besides, it's unlikely that there will be any extra PS4s to purchase right off the bat, anyway. That may be the key to this question: Availability.
Maybe the PS4 launching a little earlier means absolutely nothing because Sony simply won't have any extra PS4s laying around to sell. Demand will be high and besides, most hardcore players will have long since selected their horse by then, right? One week also isn't enough time to make Microsoft fans overly anxious. We're talking a matter of days here. But hey, at the very least, we're looking at a pretty level playing field, right? So whichever system wins out this holiday season in terms of sales, we can't very well say it was due to the launch schedule, can we?
What do you think?
9/4/2013 9:53:42 PM Ben Dutka