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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?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, xbox one, xbox one release date, next gen consoles

9/4/2013 9:53:42 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (32 posts)

broox9
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 10:11:49 PM
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I doubt it. Hardcore gamers are probably the majoritiy of D1P'ers and most of them have made their choice on which console to buy (or to buy first). if it were months then yes, but not a week. M$ knows that a week won't swing too many away from them.

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H0TSHELLZ
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 12:09:38 AM

Exactly, i dont think a week matters i mean look @ PS3, it was a YEAR LATE and if im not mistaken it has passed 360 in Worldwide sales.

Im just excited to see how sales are after a YEAR. There has never been a launch between two big dogs in the same year let alone same month, so lets see how it goes.

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Shauneepeak
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 12:01:30 AM

I'd give the week head start more credit than that. I am not thinking bout the D1Pers I am thinking about the moms shopping at Walmart who will see the PS4 posters and standups a week before the X1 and will think "Hey that looks perfect for little Billie's Christmas present." Average consumers usually tend to go for the first new fancy thing they see.
Also the X1 won't really change those mom's minds when it launches a week later for $100 more.

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Fabi
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 10:29:17 PM
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Unless one of the exclusives ends up being amazing and someone who was planning to get Xbox One gets their hands on it or reads a review that convinces him to give the PS4 a shot. But most launch titles end up being solid, but not superb.

And going by the previews of Knack, the only other game I think that would cause that would be Killzone.

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playaplus
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 10:36:51 PM
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cant wait for nov 15...and sure 22 yea sure why not..gonna go to lainch dressed as mario and not buy a xbox one. talk about out of place lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 11:02:30 PM
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I dunno, you'd think everyone is decided but even a week head start can be enough to shift some magic via word of mouth.

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trumpetmon65
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 4:18:48 PM

that could very well be true. Maybe then the third week will be the most important?

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PC_Max
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 11:45:18 PM
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In as much as I am Canadian..... remember remember the 5th of November would have been a nice date with some catchy advertising. You...revolution!! . Well..... I thought it would have been good. Big date in the UK.... ahhhh bonfire night, Guy Fawkes, fireworks..... The Order would have been a good launch title for that as well... granted diff time and universe.

Keep Playing!

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Highlightreel
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 12:28:29 AM
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I don't know. Obviously core gamers have made the decision...BUT a big reason the 360 had such a bigger USA lead is because of all that time they had ahead of the PS3. Now it's only a week this time but I think it will matter some (depending on availability). I mean, it took the PS3 6 years or so to catch up. It was a long play but we finally caught up...all those kiddos that got the 360 are xbox lifers (probably). So this week could loom larger in the long run in more ways than a quick lead in sales.

Typing this on my phone so I'll probably read tomorrow and wish I was more coherent.

Stay Classy PSX...

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Akuma07
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 2:55:23 AM
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Nah, not very much.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 3:32:12 AM
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Odd, Walmart has the PS4 and Xbone both 'coming out' on the 22nd at my store.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 9:14:20 AM

That is spooky

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 3:11:26 PM

^^I got a feeling u got thumbdown by a hardcore xbox fanboy.

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___________
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 5:08:55 AM
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more like will the xbox ones 1 week advantage really matter considering its available in 13 countries in one day compared to ps4s abysmal one!
its funny everyone was running around screaming the apocalypse that xbox one was being rushed out because the date was left so late.
but its the one which has had a retail unboxing, and has even had its first packing pallets wrapped and photographed ready to ship to stores.
irony in its finest!

but to answer the question though, dates do matter, but not as much as value does.
not price, but what you get for your money.
one comes with kinect and its only 50 bucks here, the PS eye here is 88 bucks!
not to mention the one comes with FIFA 14, where the ps4 comes with ZERO games!
so its got two advantages, plus another third advantage because it has more better exclusives.
and a fourth advantage the week head start.
nice to see $ony has learned NOTHING from the ps3s launch!
why am i not surprised?

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Masszt3r
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 11:00:17 AM

And how many Xbox 360s were sold in those thirteen countries you mention? Why are you bringing up the PS Eye? The Eye does not cost $88. The most expensive I've seen it at is $29.99. The Xbox One may have MORE exclusives at LAUNCH, but would you really consider buying a console over its LAUNCH titles? You have to look at the big picture. I think Sony learned a lot. The only thing lacking is a variety of exclusives at launch. By the way, many of those exclusives you mention are on PC as well.

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___________
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 9:44:24 AM

why wouldent you buy a system at launch looking at launch titles?
oh right your american, sorry i forgot americans love throwing money away.
im not though, so if im going to go buy something the day it releases im interested in what i can buy the day its out.
otherwise ill wait a year or more, till what im interested in is out, and by then it will probably see a price drop, or maybe even bundles.
or both!

and which games did i list?
i cant see any games mentioned above there........

as for pricing.
https://www.ebgames.com.au/ps4-162944-PlayStation-4-Eye-PlayStation-4
you were saying?
sigh.
hey ben can i get a flashing neon sign so i dont have to CONSTANTLY repeat myself 100000 times per day?
a big fat neon sign with THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND THE US DESPITE HOW MUCH YOU WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE IT!
that would be great!

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Simcoe
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 5:04:31 PM

You and the Australian EB Games have your names confused. The camera for the PS4 is not "PS Eye" it's "PS Camera". "PS Eye" was the camera for PS3 and "PS Camera" is the camera for the PS4. And it's not just some regional phrasing even the Australian PS site states that the PS4 camera is called "PS Camera":
http://au.playstation.com/ps4/features/techspecs/

Also: PS Eye seems to be only $20 bucks.
https://www.ebgames.com.au/ps3-140970-Playstation-Eye-PlayStation-3

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Masszt3r
Sunday, September 08, 2013 @ 10:20:46 PM

I don't know about you, but when I buy something I think ahead and not just what it offers at launch. You mentioned "exclusives" didn't you? The dude above me already mentioned that you are confusing things: PS Eye and PS4 are different products. And who said anything about the world revolving around the U.S.? I don't live in the U.S. if that's what you implied. All I was trying to say was that it might be a little early to judge which console has the advantage. But hey, that's just me. If you want to base your decision on early things, such as day day 1 offerings, no one is stopping you.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 6:20:49 AM
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It matters about as much as the XBO's one week head start will in the twelve countries it's launching in the week before PS4: Absolutely stuff all.

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 6:45:13 AM
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It really does matter only if Sony has enough PS4's and if COD is released before or on November 15th.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 6:51:10 AM
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i cud have an impact but unlikely aye but like i said to start with you never know people are incresly impatiencent these days whenit comes to games (that you play on computers and consoles) it'll be interesting to see how it plays out we'll see aye.

happy gaming =)

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Kiryu
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 7:33:46 AM
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Sega of america you motherfuckers the best game for the PS3 ever and they won't translate it to the most common language on earth.
Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 i've already played but there's a huge audience of fools who rely only on gta5
IS there a Sega of UK?

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 9:06:41 AM

Wrong Article fool. :)

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Kiryu
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 9:36:01 AM

Read it in the right article fool

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 11:36:00 AM

Ain't nobody got time for that. ;)

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 3:16:34 PM

oh geez, u forgot to censor something u fool.

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kraygen
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 10:05:20 AM
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Means nothing to me, I see no need to get an xbox when all of their "exclusive" games are on pc and I can just get them there.

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cadpig
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 1:59:47 PM
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Nope, i don't think a week is going to make much of a difference. Microsoft shot themselves in the foot by pricing their Xbox One $100 more than the PS4.

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 3:20:30 PM

yah that pricing of $100 more should do a little harm to M$, but we don't know yet.

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trumpetmon65
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 4:08:49 PM

true true.

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trumpetmon65
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 4:07:52 PM
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no, not at all. but it does have plenty of other things that will help it get an early lead. What I think is more important than ever right now is product reliability. If sony had not waited an entire year after microsoft to launch, that red light would have MURDERED xbox sales. MURDERRRRRRED!! RAUAROUGH!!! Sorry, feeling whimsical and dinosaury at the moment

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berserk
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 3:52:43 PM
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Well the ps4 is 1 week earlier here but 1 week later in Europe so it pretty much even out .

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