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Game consoles here to stay, at least a while

POSTED: July 25, 2013 10:54 a.m.
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The huge amount of preorders for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One indicate the continuing strength of gaming consoles.

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   With the introduction of the tablet and Facebook games such as “Farmville,” are the days of consoles numbered? Will gamers refuse to pay upwards of $400 just to get their hands on a new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One? Well, if preorders are any indication, both the PS4 and the Xbox One are here to stay.
    It has been reported that some retailers are saying that preorders for this generation are two times greater than the last-gen launch, and some stores have actually sold out or stopped taking preorders altogether. According to Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb, Community Manager for Xbox, “Xbox One preorders are trending ahead of Xbox 360 preorders during the same time period + sold out at most U.S. retailers.” Launch-day preorders for PS4 and Xbox One have sold out at many retailers including Toys R Us, Gamestop and Amazon. However, at press time, Walmart, Sears, Target and Kmart were still taking reservations for the systems.
    The PlayStation 4 will retail for $399.99 and the Xbox One for $499.99. Both consoles will come with Blu-ray/DVD players, HDMI outputs and 500 GB of hard drive space. The higher-priced Xbox One will include Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect 2 for controller-free functions and also a HDMI input. Both systems also will require a subscription service for online play (PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live). The release dates have been speculated to be November 2013 for both systems.
    Based on the preorders, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some gamers having a hard time getting their hands on a system this holiday season without paying overcharged eBay prices. Although day one and first-week prices seem to be on track to do very well, the true measure will be the success over the next year after the systems are released. I personally think Sony and Microsoft have no reason to fear tablet and Facebook games and will find a common ground among these games, as they are doing now.

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