PS4’s Nov. 15th launch vs Xbox One’s Nov. 22nd launch: Who has the advantage?
Microsoft finally let the cat out of the bag today and announced that the Xbox One will ship November 22nd in 13 territories. For only $499 you will be able to get the next-generation of Xbox gaming a week before Thanksgiving. A lot of people were thinking Microsoft might try to beat Sony’s Playstation 4 to store shelves but that doesn’t appear to be the case in the United States at least.
With the Xbox One shipping November 22nd and the PS4 shipping November 15th (US/Europe) and November 29th (UK), which date is better? Does Sony have any advantages over shipping the PS4 a week early in America, does Microsoft have any advantages shipping their system a week early in the UK?
I’d say that the advantages for either company will be minimal. I think that a lot of early adopters have already decided to go with one system or the other already. Some will be picking up both but I don’t think many people will change their minds because of one hitting shelves 7 days early.
Sony stands to benefit the most even if their sales bump will be small. Releasing the PS4 in the US on November 15th along with their $399 price point will push some gamers over the edge to choose PS4 over the Xbox One. The $100 price difference along with the benefits and free games of Playstation Plus are hard to walk away from. I can’t imagine many people who were previously going for Xbox One will switch over to buying a PS4 just because of a seven day advantage in the US but I suppose a few will.
In the UK I don’t think the Xbox One releasing a week earlier than the PS4 will influence many to go Xbox on its own. The fact that some Xbox One early adopters will get free copies of FIFA might be the thing that convinces Europeans to choose Xbox One over PS4 at launch. That said, the $100 price difference is hard to overcome. Even with some good games thrown in, the Xbox One is still a hard sell at $100 more.
Sony is in a better position with an early release in America because they appear to be shipping even more systems than Microsoft. With over 1 million system pre-orders the PS4 is set up to be the big “must have” holiday item. The Xbox One looks like it will sell out too but will it sell 1 million systems at launch alone? Some estimates have pegged the Xbox One at having half or even 1/4th of the pre-orders that the PS4 has so it looks like Microsoft can’t hope to match Sony’s potential launch sales. Not to mention that the PS4 will release in more countries than the Xbox One. Anything can happen though it does look like the PS4 will win the sales war at least at launch.
Ultimately I don’t think either company stands to benefit much from their respective release date schedules. Like I said before, I’m sure some people will be swayed because of release dates but there can’t be many of them. That said, does the fact that the PS4 releases a week before the Xbox One in America influence your buying decision? Or are you buying the Xbox One only this holiday? Let us know in the comments below.