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Pachter: Microsoft plans to launch its next gen console before Sony

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Not only did the Xbox One release a little later than the PlayStation 4 at the beginning of this gen in 2013, but it was also more expensive and less powerful. That wasn’t a great start for the Xbox One, which has now blossomed into a beast thanks to the Xbox One X. Leaving the gates second is a mistake that Microsoft probably doesn’t want to make again – and it’s likely that the next generation of Xbox (in whatever guise that may be) will be out before Sony’s ready to launch its own next-generation PlayStation.

So says gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter. Speaking to Gamingbolt, Pachter said that Microsoft wants to launch first.

“I’m sure Microsoft intends to launch first, and I am equally certain that the new Xbox will be backwards compatible with any Xbox One X software,” Pachter said. “I agree that it’s hard for Xbox One X purchasers, but they should know 4 years into a cycle that there is another one coming. My guess is that Microsoft intends to launch in 2020, but if they think Sony is going [to launch the PS5] then, they will launch early.”

Of course, this is the sort of educated guess that’s blindingly obvious. It’s a strategy that worked out for Microsoft in its 360 days. The Xbox 360 was released about a year before a PlayStation 3 touched a store shelf, and it helped the company sell millions of consoles and establish a lead that persisted for much of the last generation. Microsoft would obviously want that to happen again. There’s a risk involved though. Should they have a brand new console in the near(ish) term, they may alienate the die-hard fans who’ve bought the newer Xbox One X, though savvy consumers would now that they – like PS4 Pro owners – bought a stop-gap system.

In related news, Microsoft teased that they’d be showing “new Xbox One hardware,” at Gamescom before later amending that to read as “new bundles and accessories” after getting people hot and bothered.

Last Updated: July 19, 2018


  1. Steffmeister

    July 19, 2018 at 12:55

    I’m hoping both launch sooner, rather than later. I’m still on standard underpowered ps4, and can’t justify R7k for the slight upgrade to a pro. Would rather upgrade my pc with a gtx1070 for that price.


    • Original Heretic

      July 19, 2018 at 13:27

      The standard PS4 can play all the games that the Pro can.
      Unless you have a 4K TV, it’s unnecessary to upgrade.

      EDIT: And even with a 4K TV, all you’re getting is slightly better graphics and slightly faster load times. IMO, really not worth the extra moola if you already have a PS4.


      • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

        July 19, 2018 at 16:57

        True that, I have a 4K TV and was considering getting the PS4 Pro, rather decided to wait till next gen, a bit of a waste if the next gens are around the corner


  2. Admiral Chief

    July 19, 2018 at 13:13

    Hulle Sony, maar nou wil hulle


  3. Kromas

    July 19, 2018 at 13:13

    Meh …. my PC still runs strong like bull.


  4. Pieter Kruger

    July 19, 2018 at 17:59

    Fantastic, Pachter with another 50/50 prediction….Pachter is a idiot, look at his track record. Don’t encourage him with articles like this. NOW MY PREDICTION: “Sony plans to launch its next gen console before Microsoft”….run, write an article….


    • RinceThis

      July 22, 2018 at 23:48

      Do you think the X Box X One X Mark Two will have any decent exclusives? Or more halo forza yawn gears ?


  5. Tbone187

    July 20, 2018 at 11:58

    But remember MS released 3 consoles (One, S and One X) compared to Sony’s 2. They clearly reactive to the market. Will they change? I doubt it. Sony will time their release well I reckon, leaving MS to react again.


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