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The PlayStation 4 launches November 15. The Xbox One launches exactly one week later on November 22. Will that seven-day difference have a calculable impact on the next-gen console battle?
No one is denying that coming first is a tremendous help. The Xbox 360’s head start against the PlayStation 3 was a huge factor in that console’s success. Do you think the PlayStation 4’s one week of exclusivity could have the same effect? Or will the launch dates be totally meaningless once the Christmas shopping season heats up? Is anyone going PlayStation 4 over Xbox One simply because of the release dates? I can’t imagine anyone was on the fence between the two, and have now made their purchasing decision based on having an extra week of next-gen gaming with the PlayStation 4, but maybe that is a more important factor than I realize.
It seems like $100 price difference between the two consoles will be the real decider when it comes to the average consumer, but we’re curious to hear what our readers think. How important is Sony’s one week head-start?
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I don't think the week will make a huge difference. The $100 price difference is going to be the biggest issue by far. Also, which company can keep a good supply for the important holiday season. At this point, the informed gamer knows which system they plan to get.
Full disclosure, I'm getting both.
I do not believe that the extra week makes for much of a difference, especially if they are sold out in the first 10 minutes. If it were something the likes of the gap in "current" gen's releases then I'd say it is rather significant.
Its not that huge of a deal. I am happy that it is my console of choice that is out first though.