The transition to the Sony PS4 and the Xbox 720 has taken way too long, according to Ubisoft CEO Michael Pachter. He’s spoken up again recently, hinting at a release date for the PS4, and saying that he doesn’t want the company to be lagging a year behind Microsoft like what happened with the Xbox 360 and anymore.
Xbox 720 & PS4 may release around same time
The Xbox 360 debuted in 2005, a year ahead of the PS3. Sony admitted that this was a bit of a slip-up, and vowed to make amends with the timing of the PS4.
This seems to mean, then, that both consoles will be coming out at the same time, which means that both companies will be touting their wares at the same time, too. This stops Microsoft from stealing a march on Sony this time!
Pachter said that Sony was already working on PS4 games, and that the PS4 would definitely be out in good time. The PS4 should be with us in the run up to Christmas 2013, probably October or November.
When the PS4 comes out, it’ll mean a drop in PS3 prices, although the older console will still be very much in the limelight. How will Microsoft and the Xbox 720 fare if they don’t have their usual time advantage?
It means that gamers will be able to choose their consoles according to specs and features, rather than timing and availability. However, there may be some fans that were planning on an inline upgrade whether the wait meant a whole year or not – PS3 to PS4 and Xbox 360 to 720, regardless of specs. We will deffo be watching the sales figures like hawks during the first days and weeks after release.