Seven months after it was first revealed, the PlayStation 4 finally has a release date of Nov. 15, putting an end to the speculation of when the next generation of gaming will begin (no offense, Wii-U).
However, with Sony’s console now with a firm release date, Microsoft is still keeping tight-lipped about when its next-generation console, the Xbox One, will be hitting shelves.
With a Nov. 15 release, the PS4 comes out two weeks before Black Friday — the crazy shopping doomsday that takes place after every Thanksgiving in the United States. According to my American sources, Black Friday officially kicks off the holiday shopping season, and is an annual ritual where people sacrifice a small piece of dignity to the gods of consumerism to save a bit off the tax.
The announcement comes on the heels of several policy changes by Microsoft in recent weeks, most of which reverse the terrible user-restrictions the company had originally intended for its Xbox 360 successor. The most recent change was the revelation that Microsoft is no longer requiring the console’s creepy camera-microphone device, Kinect, to be connected to the Xbox One for the machine to operate. Prior to that reveal, the company had insisted the device had to be connected, though users would have been able to turn it “off,” whatever that might mean to Microsoft.
But just because you may never use the peripheral doesn’t mean you’re not going to have to still buy it. You see, Microsoft is still insisting that all Xbox Ones will have to include the much-hated device, forcing anyone who wishes to purchase the new console to suffer through owning the Kinect. The much-maligned peripheral is also seen by many as the main reason for the Xbox One’s launch price coming in at $500, as opposed to the PS4’s $400.
Keep in mind that everything up until launch is pure conjecture. There’s a chance that the Xbox One could become the darling child of the next gaming generation, and everyone and they’re mothers will be queuing up to get their hands on one, eager to open up their living rooms to Microsoft’s amazing eye-spy device, and all of their lovely advertisers. Or maybe they’ll want the PS4. Who knows? I will say this, at a local video game store, PS4 pre-orders are roughly 10 to one over the Xbox One with a few hundred people already having put money towards Sony and only around 30 or so towards Microsoft.
Regardless, we’ve got two-and-a-half more months before all hell breaks loose in the gaming world, perhaps less if Microsoft decides to release before the PS4. Right now, gamers are likely salivating over the prospect of Grand Theft Auto V coming out next month and wondering how long before Microsoft decides to give the Kinect the boot entirely.