Do Not Cite Just a Retail Website for Release Dates!

Subject: General Tech, Systems | August 2, 2013 - 11:48 PM |
Tagged: xbox one, ps4

Toys "R" Us received attention by listing launch dates for both next generation consoles on their retail website. The Xbox One is rumored to launch on November 29th, which is Black Friday for North Americans, and the PlayStation 4 on December 13th. The two console manufacturers refused to confirm these dates.

Then, something odd happened: a Toys "R" Us spokesperson allegedly contacted BT Games to assert their listing was provided by vendors of Microsoft and Sony.

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You know, a giraffe has a long and easily accessible neck.

Most of the time, I cringe at placeholder information on store product pages. WiiU titles, prior to launch, were tagged with a list price of $99 at multiple sites; I have seen Unreal Tournament 2007 listed with a January 5th 2007 release date... and kept this incorrect date for, as I remember, about 6 months after it passed.

How many expected release dates have you seen for Duke Nukem Forever?

Even with the source, I cannot wrap my head around two Friday console launches. Tuesdays and Sundays have been more typical, I assume due to existing distribution for movies and games, which boggles me about why both would, independently, choose Friday.

I will remain skeptical until official word, or a leaked promotional image, confirms or denies this. My real point, I guess, is how retailers seem to have a policy of made-up placeholder dates and prices. Frankly, I tend to feel better citing an anonymous source.

Source: BT
August 3, 2013 | 01:21 AM - Posted by Branthog

The idea that either console would release in December -- or even after Thanksgiving -- is pretty ridiculous. Not to mention, do people really think either console is going to launch a full month or more after Call of Duty releases when they know that is going to be a pretty powerful system seller?

Also... I'm an impatient grown-ass man and I want my new consoles now, damn it! :D

August 3, 2013 | 03:58 AM - Posted by arbiter

they will release the console on their schedule not cause of 1 game. truthfully call of duty has been kinda sucking last bunch of years.

August 3, 2013 | 01:07 PM - Posted by Branthog

It's the biggest selling title by several times over and they'll release the consoles when they can have them finished and have the best opportunity to benefit their early sales.

August 3, 2013 | 04:51 AM - Posted by praack

it gets pretty bad with the hype out there, when in reality you can let the launch skip buy sit back to 6-8 months then pick one up

though the ps4 remains more configurable , with more open structure.

but something tells me i'll still be on my PC gamin and just using my PS3 for netflix and blu rays

August 3, 2013 | 08:51 AM - Posted by Redshirt (not verified)

The fact that the UK arm of Toys 'R' Us chose a Friday shouldn't be surprising. Release dates for the UK are typically Fridays - a google search or 2 would have confirmed this.

The date is probably wrong, but not because they chose a Friday.

August 6, 2013 | 03:29 AM - Posted by tekrevue

I've been speculating about release dates as well but one thought that occurred to me recently is that this will be the first major console launch cycle where day one pre-ordered home shipments are a real factor. After waiting in line for 18 hours for an Xbox 360 while in college, I preordered the "Day One" edition of the Xbox One this time around.

Of course, we'll have to wait and see if they can fill all the pre-orders, but assuming they can, I wonder how many people would follow the path I'm going to take and stay home on launch day? If it's a significant number, then perhaps a launch day like Black Friday would make sense. The die hard fans are going to pre-order, so a Black Friday launch moves all of the remaining inventory as less dedicated fans are tempted to pick one up while bargain hunting.

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