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Would a simultaneous PS4 and Xbox 720 release date be a bad idea?

In light of the recent rumors surrounding the release drama over Microsoft’s next Xbox console and whether it will see a release next year or not, we now have some comments from the other side of the pond to tell you about now, as Sony has given a brief statement on the current status of the PlayStation 4.

Sony’s Europe chief Jim Ryan has offered some words of encouragement for PlayStation fans, by basically saying that it would be a bad idea to release the next PlayStation console, aka the PS4 after Microsoft’s next Xbox. If you remember back to when the Xbox 360 and PS3 first launched, Microsoft had a free run for a year before Sony launched the PS3 and it looks like the company are keen to make sure this doesn’t happen for their next generation console.

Here is what Ryan had to say in a recent interview with Eurogamer: ”I think we would consider it undesirable to be significantly later than the competition. [But] There’s still a lot of unfinished business on PS3. If you look at PlayStation 2, now in excess of 150m units installed globally, a huge majority of that was done at price points of £120 or lower. [With PS3] We’ve only just hit £199 in the UK, so clearly there’s a considerable untapped part of the market there.”

So what does he mean exactly by saying ‘undesirable’ you wonder? To us it looks like Sony are making preparations to make sure that the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 launch around the same period this time around – i.e no headstart for Microsoft. This would be great news for gamers as a whole of course, as it would give the added option of choice, whereas back then many gamers may have opted for the Xbox 360 simply because it was the best available at the time.

The Nintendo Wii U is launching sometime in 2012, but will the Xbox 720 join it or is it a bit too early? Our predictions is that we’ll see an announcement for Microsoft’s next console next year, but it could be 2013 when the console actually releases to the public. If you are paying close attention to the next-gen console whispers, let us know your thoughts on Sony’s comments. Do you think it would be a good idea to have both consoles launch at the exact same time or not?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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