Timing the new Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 release

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Earlier this month we looked at how the next-generation of games consoles could end as we know them today, and if not then the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720, as its known, will be the last of their kind. Since then we’ve seen some official confirmation that the Sony PS4 has started development, which means Microsoft would be doing the same, or would be about to.

One problem for Sony and Microsoft is to time the release of these next-gen systems, not only to compete with each other and get the hardware almost correct first time around, but also making sure the majority of current owners are ready to upgrade.

Some people have only just bought a new Xbox 360 or PS3, and are not ready for a new generation, but this will always be the case. Even if the new systems were to release in 5 years time, not going to happen, there will still be those that have just bought one. The trick is timing the release so there is a large uptake, and to get in at the right time to catch new buyers first with the hardware they’re ready for.

So when will that be? This is the million-dollar question. Are you ready for the Xbox 720 or PS4? When will you be ready, 2011, 2012, or later?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/G.M888 Gerson Lobo

    i am ready now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1089544107 Darren Hill

    The PS3 and XBOX have pushed their technological boundaries to the limits already. Mostly because the amount of processing and graphics power needed has to be improved at least ten fold every time in order to keep up with consumer demands. Hardware levels in computing have already increased that much in general computing. With the upcoming release of 128 core processors, Static RAM drives, 128 bit OS, and shared CPU/GPUs, it is an ideal time to release a new level of gaming platform. Also, with the new release of 3D gaming, there is no way for current systems to keep up with the complexities needed without strain on existing systems. Heck, even basic 3D gaming is already straining systems and graphics have been dumbed down in order to compensate. They will need to raise performance, go to thermal electric cooling (to keep noise levels down), greatly increase Physics functions to keep up with ever increasing levels of AI on screen, and deal with detailed texturing levels.

    Let’s face it. Consumers want MORE. Costs can be cut by using online stores with Steam and other type sources instead of physical media which should balance out the extra expense needed. Both Sony and Microsoft should look at the Android marketplace as an ideal method to offer software as independent games could be sold along with big hit titles and a percentage of profit could be made of independent artists while still offering security in regards to pulling possible virus laden software via security controls.

    My two cents…

    • Anonymous

      lol, i have yet to see a game on pc that makes me think that way in comparison to ps3 exclusive games infact it makes me think the other way around

      • http://www.facebook.com/corbyn.sun Corbyn Fry

        I think your right and wrong at the same time, no pc games haven’t been blowing out consoles in terms of graphics but I think its due more to the fact that the games are either developed for both so the graphics are comparable due to porting or that pc exclusives even the big ones ie starcraft and the like don’t sell as many copies so the don’t justify the development costs.

        • Corey

          The reason people say “new consoles aren’t necessary” is because no one has been pushing the limits. Battlefield 3 itself is proof enough that new consoles need to occur because its the first game in a LONG time that actually pushed the boundaries (and used all the wonderful new hardware out there) for PC. When you see the PC version of that and then look at current consoles…..ya the consoles are great…..but they’re running on 6 or more year old hardware….and it shows. Its time for new consoles in 2012/2013 that can handle things. When you hear game devs saying “we can’t do this because the hardware isn’t powerful enough” then its time. 6 year old hardware in tech terms is like a bicycle compared to a car.

  • Fabian Vasquez

    Whole comment by Darren is pointless. Microsoft and Sony know what they have to do to make a jump to brand new consoles. They certainly will think of somthing to overthrow the 2 old consoles. Whole thing about worrying about sales is kinda dumb. If the new consoles have new and good games, they will sell regardless. I know I would be in line waiting on a new xbox.

  • Anonymous

    I am ready for new consoles.  Have had my 360 since launch and ps3 for about a year.  Great consoles but just ready for some new badass hardware. 

    Only worry is will MIcrosoft and Sony try to come out with some great hardware or are they going to only take a quarter step forward like Nintendo did with the wii.

  • Anonymous

    I am ready for new consoles.  Have had my 360 since launch and ps3 for about a year.  Great consoles but just ready for some new badass hardware. 

    Only worry is will MIcrosoft and Sony try to come out with some great hardware or are they going to only take a quarter step forward like Nintendo did with the wii.

  • naman136

    2013 because i want them to take their time and make consoles that last.

  • Anonymous

    Even if I were to buy a PS4 (though I think PS3 should be the last), I probably couldn’t even afford it. Just like PS3, the launch prince will probably be 600-800$. :| I am just happy with my PS3 Slim and xBox360, no need for more, jeezus.

    • Anonymous

      Then you sir can enjoy not buying it but there are others than you.

    • Anonymous

      Then you sir can enjoy not buying it but there are others than you.

      • Anonymous

        You mean MA’AM, thank you. :P

  • http://twitter.com/PeacekeeperSun Phillip Chako

    For one thing I’ll never buy Sony (not for reasons people think) but no. Although if it was something like a PC able to do hardware upgrades and such then I would be more likely to buy 1…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Ortolani/100000660593544 Josh Ortolani

    I thinking 2013 at the earliest

  • Anonymous

    Agree totally with Josh Ortoiani, mainly because Sony have still yet to launch the PSP2 and will need to give themselves time and breathing space to get that platform on sale and establish itself. They won’t want to launch two platforms in the same financial or calendar year. While I might personally like to see some new hardware, I really don’t think their is the stomach for either Sony or Microsoft to launch successors to their current platforms especially after both have just launched their respective motion control devices. I’m guessing they’ll wait and see how project cafe goes and the take up their. Another big deciding factor has got to be the fact that year on year sales for both the 360 and PS3 remain strong or are getting stronger, neither will want to kill that just yet, they’re not in the position Nintendo were in with the WIi, which has seen a massive drop off of sales year on year and looked like it might have run out of steam. Sony and Microsoft will also factor in the huge global economic slump, many of us are feeling the pinch still and just couldn’t justify or afford the outlay for a new console. No the time isn’t right, 2013 at the earliest maybe even 2014.

  • Anonymous

    Agree totally with Josh Ortoiani, mainly because Sony have still yet to launch the PSP2 and will need to give themselves time and breathing space to get that platform on sale and establish itself. They won’t want to launch two platforms in the same financial or calendar year. While I might personally like to see some new hardware, I really don’t think their is the stomach for either Sony or Microsoft to launch successors to their current platforms especially after both have just launched their respective motion control devices. I’m guessing they’ll wait and see how project cafe goes and the take up their. Another big deciding factor has got to be the fact that year on year sales for both the 360 and PS3 remain strong or are getting stronger, neither will want to kill that just yet, they’re not in the position Nintendo were in with the WIi, which has seen a massive drop off of sales year on year and looked like it might have run out of steam. Sony and Microsoft will also factor in the huge global economic slump, many of us are feeling the pinch still and just couldn’t justify or afford the outlay for a new console. No the time isn’t right, 2013 at the earliest maybe even 2014.

  • Anonymous

    Their is no need for new hardware at present, development yes maybe but currently their is no great advancement in resolution or graphical out put. The tecnology just isn’t there to show off so why annoy people with a new slightly better platform than the last. I work for a games store so I’d welcome the boost in my shares but it just isn’t the time yet it’d just be the same thing with USB3 ports lol

    • http://twitter.com/BlackPoison87 Daryl Williams

      Yes there is when games are struggling to to output 720p; Natively then theres a problem……PC games can now output 1080p Native and beyond very easily…

      There is a clear difference between top PC games and Console games that look nowhere near as good

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001092844989 Harrison Bender

    Microsoft said their Xbox 360 is planned to last AT LEAST 10 years to keep up with the PS3, because the Xbox 360 was released 1 year earlier than the PS3 or Wii (but Nintendo is releasing their Nintendo Café in summer 2012 approx.) so I guess the REAL next-gen console are being released in 2015, at it’s earliest.

    Microsoft also said that Kinect is ‘like a new console’ it’s a like a ‘whole new platform’, so I think Microsoft still is kinda milking the Kinect untill 2014 approx. before announing the ‘Xbox 720′.

    And I think Sony is waiting for Microsoft’s announcement so that they know what their rival has in store for the next-gen. So I guess 2015/2016 is the year for the release of the next-gen consoles.

    • http://twitter.com/BlackPoison87 Daryl Williams

      Rubbish!!!!

      Just because the 360 and PS3 are said to have a 10 year life cycle doesn’t mean a new console can’t launch in-between it’s life cycle …. The PS2 was released in 2000 and the PS1 ended production in 2006 The PS2 is still in production now and PS2 games were stil being developed when the PS3 was released in 2006

      If you think Next Gen is coming 2015-2016 you’re kidding yourself…..

      2012-2013 is a far more sensible assumption……

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S2HUFYYPKNK25EAEBVB2B5WRSU Brett

    i’m ready for them now. if they came out with the 720 today i would either buy it now or in a month depending on the price!

  • Manas Moothedath

    April 2013 :)