While we don’t have exact release dates for next-generation consoles, we now know Sony’s PS4 will be released after Microsoft’s new Xbox.

That’s at least according to Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai. IGN spotted the company’s boss in an article from The Times saying that “Why go first, when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?”

Rumors have swirled for the past months about next-gen consoles and both Microsoft and Sony are expected to debut new devices either on or before the big E3 video game show in June. While there haven’t been many details about specifics, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the next Xbox utilize your entire living room with ‘IllumiRoom’ technology.

Nintendo, meanwhile, recently combined its handheld and console divisions in order to keep pace with competitors.

Comments

  • guest

    Worked for them last time, at least outside the US market.

    • anonymouse

      Sure, if going from a 70% market share to 30% market share is “working” then absolutely it worked.

      • guest

        When you have a competitor who is prepared to ignore business logic and lose $8 billion at one point in order to buy a position in the market, losing some share was pretty much inevitable. But they’ve still sold more PS3’s than MS has Xbox360s despite starting a year later. That’s what I was referring to.

        • anonymouse

          It’s a .07% “lead”. Doesn’t seem significant enough to note.

          • guest

            despite starting a year later

          • anonymouse

            Yes. Doesn’t seem significant enough to note.

          • guest

            Apparently IDC, and the hundreds of outlets that ran with their story about it, disagreed.

          • anonymouse

            Their stories have nothing to do with your original statement which is that it “Worked for them last time…”. They have a .07% lead worldwide. That is not significant enough to note or to define that strategy as “working”.

          • guest

            Right. They’re only ahead in Europe, Japan, and overall, despite starting a year later. Hardly working at all.

          • anonymouse

            You are correct, it is hardly working (.07%) at all.

  • unanimous

    Maybe I am misremembering, but didn’t they do that last time also?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondouglasfarris Jason Farris

    Last time they came up with better specs on paper but left devs clueless how to leverage it. System was out two years before they had a game worth owning the system for.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jasondouglasfarris Jason Farris

      Even now, devs struggle to match the quality of an XBOX360 despite superior hardware.

      • guest

        Yet PS3 leads Xbox in worldwide installed base. So, if they avoid those mistakes this time around and again have better hardware, they should do even better.

  • steve

    because it takes only a few months to design a console what a load of bull, the specs for the new machine will be set

  • Guest

    Sony, having already lost the premium gamers (Xbox 360, PC) and the entry-level gamers (Wii, Apple), has nothing left to offer. I would expect the PS4 to be released only in secondary markets like Japan and Europe where PlayStation is considered a contender for what few consumer dollars there are.

  • guest

    More than a decade of kicking the crap out of each other and neither has much to show for it. Both have lost money on an all in basis. A clear leader even in console gaming hasn’t emerged. And while they’ve focused on each other, the larger and much more lucrative mobile/casual gaming market has been won in very profitable style by Apple, who historically was a gaming joke.

  • guest

    What a load of nonsense! Does he actually believe people will believe him? Even if you wanted to wait for your competitor to release their console in order to fine tune your product, the redesign, sourcing and manufacturing process would be way too time consuming to be worthwhile. This is just the best Mr. Hirai could come up with to explain why the next Xbox would beat them to market.

    Ultimately, it’s not really a hardware question at all. Sony is getting crushed in the ‘software as a service’ space by Microsoft. I’m not a fanboy and I own both current gen consoles. Xbox Live (at least in the US) is more secure, stable, and has far more to offer than Playstation+. I only use my PS3 for watching Blu-rays and playing PS3 exclusives.

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