Sony "Confident" in Releasing PlayStation 4 Ahead of Xbox Next

Sony Wants to Be First with Next-Gen Console - Report

by Anton Shilov
04/04/2012 | 02:44 PM

Sony PlayStation 3 was a year late to market, which is why essentially lost the current generation of consoles in many term. But Sony Computer Entertainment will not make the same mistake again and will do its best to release PlayStation 4 code-named Orbis ahead of Microsoft Corp.'s successor for the Xbox 360, sources close to SCE reportedly said.


"Sony are completely in the belief that they have the jump on Microsoft this time. You should be watching the timing of next year’s E3 keynotes, and who is going to go first," an anonymous source told VG247 web-site.

It is crucial for platform holders not only to show their next-generation consoles to game developers, but to provide working development hardware and ensure smooth launch as early as possible. Once the console is on the market, or its hardware is at least finalized, game developers start to put a lot more effort into creating high-quality titles for the platform. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for console developers to release their systems earlier than rivals do, or at least promise to do so.

"Top line publishers already know about it. Developers working with publishers – like Ubisoft, for example – already know what’s going on. They are already working on it," the source reportedly said.

While it remains to be seen whether Sony will release its PS4 around mid-2013, or towards the end of the year, it is now expected that the SCE's next-generation will become available earlier than Microsoft's Xbox Next and clearly in calendar 2013. What remains to be seen is whether the future Xbox will be a couple of month behind the PS4, or will be released only sometimes in 2014.

Based on what is currently known about the PlayStation 4 (which may carry name PlayStation Orbis) is that it is based on a microprocessor and a graphics processing unit (GPU) designed by Advanced Micro Devices. Apparently, those chips will be powerful enough to support video games in 4096*2160 (4K) resolution and video games in stereo-3D mode in 1920*1080 (1080p) resolution.