What Comes First? PS4 Or Xbox 720?
It's definitely intriguing, but the idea of the new PlayStation and Xbox hitting the shelves at about the same time seems like a pipe dream.
And in fact, we have some evidence that only one next-gen console will launch in 2013. GameStop CEO Paul Raines has clearly stated that his company expects to see a new system in 2013 and another in 2014. And most recently, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick dropped a significant hint - depending on how you interpret his comment - that only one new console is set for next year.
So that begs the obvious question: Which is it? The PS4 (or Orbis) or Xbox 720? We had heard that Microsoft ran into some manufacturing issues with their new machine, which supposedly pushed back their intended launch. On the other hand, we've heard absolutely nothing concerning a potential release date for Sony's next console, although a few rumored details have leaked out. Logically, it seems the Xbox should come next, as it has been around for a year longer than the PS3 and Microsoft quite simply needs the tech boost. At the same time, developers have been saying that the PS3 could offer a lot more.
Plus, there are still top-notch PS3 exclusives scheduled for the future (Beyond: Two Souls, The Last Of Us, God of War: Ascension) and given Sony's financial position, it seems unlikely they'd want to rush into a new generation. A new console just means heavy losses for a few more years to start out, yes? They also may want to focus on getting the Vita rolling. As for Microsoft, I don't see much that would stop them from launching next year, unless that manufacturing glitch was disastrous enough. Personally, I'm going with the Xbox 720 (or whatever they end up calling it); it just appears to be far more likely. But what do you say?
11/10/2012 10:37:44 AM Ben Dutka