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Timing the new Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 release

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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