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PlayStation Orbis "has the jump" on next Xbox - rumor

Source indicates that Sony will actually launch its next console before Microsoft

Sony launched its PS3 a full year after Microsoft introduced the Xbox 360, and for the next generation things may be markedly different. Despite the fact that Sony has previously said it will "probably be the last to announce," a source has indicated to VG247 that Sony is "confident" it will launch its next PlayStation before Microsoft brings the next Xbox to market.

The report notes that both Sony and Microsoft are aiming for a Christmas 2013 launch for their respective systems but that Sony will get the jump this time.

"Sony are completely in the belief that they have the jump on Microsoft this time," VG247's sources said. "You should be watching the timing of next year's E3 keynotes, and who's going to go first."

"Top line publishers already know about it," another source said. "Developers working with publishers - like Ubisoft, for example - already know what's going on. They're already working on it."

And yet another source noted that more information is going to be issued about PS4 to developers under NDA in May. This news all closely follows last week's new set of rumors about the PlayStation Orbis name and its specifications.

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Weston Sohlden4 years ago
I honestly feel that one of the reasons Microsoft was so successful with the Xbox 360 was because they were the earlier movers. Adapting trend setters and individuals who are very involved with their purchase allowed Microsoft to gain the benefit of the, "I'm going to buy what my friend has" consumer. One could also argue price, unique IPs and the like, but when you ask a current heavy user why they chose one platform over another, I'm sure social standings amongst friends will play a key part. With that in mind, I think Sony is making a rather intelligent move here, provided the technological leap from the PS3 to the PS4 is sizable enough to motivate consumers to buy. Just my opinion though, clearly I'm no industry analyst.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Weston Sohlden on 2nd April 2012 3:51pm

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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 4 years ago
Well, the funny thing is, people (including media) where complaining about the high price of the PS3, but even with 1 to 1.5 (europe) years releasing after the xbox-360, they are at the same ammount of units sold now, which is a great feat if you think about it, with a higher price as the xbox 360 and still beating them.. Both consoles are great consoles, both have their pro's and con's, and that'll be the same with the next generation, although I think the difference will be much smaller due to the costs of creating new games (even more detail means higher costs) and therefore I think we will see less exclusives, which IMHO is not a bad thing..
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
MS only gained a 5.5 million lead of the PS3 during that free year. So launching first didn't help with the consumer side too much. But it did help with the dev/publisher side as a year lead behind the scenes is huge.
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Private Industry 4 years ago
I hope they are at least 6 month apart, don`t want to buy 2 consoles at the same time.
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Dominic Jakube Student 4 years ago
I'm glad to hear this as this Gen I found Sony a more plesent console to own.Everthing on the 360 cost more money once you owned the console, Xboxlive,special hard drives,battery packs for contollers, data tranfer cable and I even needed a special cable to plug my xbox into my HDMI TV and my stereo at the same time.
And thats not even counting the two times my 360 broke down.If the next xbox came out a year earlier I would be to tempeted to get one.
Since I have no interest in MS exclusives like Halo,Fable and gears I could quite happily skip the next xbox.
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