The quantities are beginning to be known, the “primaries” are over and this November frames an election that will dictate the capital of home console entertainment for longer than four years. But the fireworks don’t conclude this year, oh no, this is going to be a long-fought battle until we see the next batch of consoles arrive. Many think they know how this first year is going to roll out, but you’d be surprised. Let me tell you how this war is going to happen.
A November Release Reveals A Deadlock
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will launch in November, probably within – at most – two weeks of each other and at the very least two days. These will be weekdays and not weekends, which are Nintendo’s realm, to capture as many media stories and rolling cameras as possible. Both consoles will sell out through the end of the year. That’s right, both of them will. Sharp-eyed forum users will pay particular note to NPD sales which will reflect how many consoles were made available to retailers and how many games were sold for both. Shortages will be dictated largely by who ran out of components first, but considering their relatively stock nature (and similar architectures) on the hardware front, this won’t be quite as likely as in years past when very unique dies had to be created for the Cell and Xenos in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively.
Then the New Year comes…