PS4 reveal “truly impressive”, Xbox 720 will debut April at earliest says Pachter & colleagues

Thursday, 21st February 2013 13:01 GMT By Dave Cook

PS4′s reveal was “truly impressive”, according to industry analyst Michael Pachter and his colleagues at Wedbush Morgan. Pachter sent his firm’s report to VG247 this morning, sharing the firm’s insight into Sony’s event.

In the report, Pachter and the firm said of the PS4 reveal, “Sony has fired the first salvo in the console wars, and should enjoy the media spotlight for at least two months. We were truly impressed by the Sony presentation, and think that the focus on games first was appropriate.”

The firm expects Microsoft’s next-gen reveal to closely follow Sony’s PS4 announcement, “We think that Microsoft is likely to structure its unveiling similarly to Sony’s, but expect differentiation between the two consoles.

“We think that Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox will be similarly powered, will have a comparable first party lineup, comparable third-party support, but may have features that Sony cannot provide (or which it may not be ready to announce).

“We speculate that these include Kinect bundled with every next-generation Xbox, integration of Skype into the Xbox dashboard, greater multimedia functionality (which we have repeatedly said will likely include a built-in television tuner), integration with any smart phone or tablet (“smart glass”), search functionality through Bing, and enhanced Internet access.

“We think Microsoft is unlikely to formally announce its next-generation console until April or later, and the company may wait until E3 in early June.”

Returning to the PS4 announcement itself, the Wedbush report also discussed PS4 pricing. Although Sony didn’t reveal any solid numbers, Pachter and his team feel that Sony will be realistic, stating, “We expect the PS4 to debut at $399 or $449″, and added, “Sony did not show the form factor of its PS4. While this may be trivial to some, we think that failure to display an actual console suggests that the box may not yet be finalized.”

What do you make of the above? Let us know below.

You can watch the whole PS4 reveal event right here.

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  1. manamana

    I really should’ve become an analyst. Easiest job on the planet.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dragon246

    Completely agree with the assessment.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Beta

    I’ll hold my opinion until I see the reveal but I haven’t enjoyed Microsoft’s approach to the Xbox in the the last few years so I’m not expecting to be wowed.

    But shockingly for once I.. agree with Pachter. :S

    #3 1 year ago
  4. SlayerGT

    I think devs are happy they can finally start showing what they are working on.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. M. K.

    I hope we’ll see xbox 3 a bit earlier than that :/

    #5 1 year ago
  6. theevilaires

    They have to do it in April or May SONY forced them. No way you come to E3 and have time to focus on both the 360 and 720.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. theevilaires

    Do you think Skype will be on PS4? That would be crazy to be cross console chatting with 720 gamers :D

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Gheritt White

    Skype is now a wholly-owned Microsoft technology, so I sincerely doubt it TEA.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. PEYJ

    But it’s on Vita…

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Dragon246

    It doesn’t work like that mate.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. MadFingerz

    Skype’s already sort of an hassle on Windows 8, I can’t imagine how it would be on a console. The main thing that will always push me away from xbox is because it’s from Microsoft. Can’t deal with all their unifying accounts bullshit.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Samoan Spider

    @8 Microsoft and Sony are massive companies, their game divisions are just a piece of the puzzle. They can share software AND hardware merrily. Companies do it all the time so just because MS owns it, doesn’t mean Sony can’t use it. Sony were integrating Kinect tech into their tv’s for example.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Gheritt White

    Fair points. All I’m saying is… Microsoft stopped making Internet Explorer for Macs after Apple developed Safari. Why wouldn’t they do something similar with Skype for PS4? I’d assume they’d want every competitive advantage they could possibly get.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Samoan Spider

    Also a fair point, but licensing is often more lucrative than the competitive gain by denying them access.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. SlayerGT

    @6 Come on TEA you know MS doesn’t have anything to say regarding 360 at E3…

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Diingo

    I’m not going to assume or speculate on who will defeat the other. At this point it’s far too early to tell which has the upper hand. Lets wait till E3 is over with before we fully discuss where the gaming industry is heading.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. eeklipz

    I’m thinking more $499, $549 (with eye). If people are willing to spend $400-$700 on a cell phone, they will spend that for a gaming consule that actually last longer than a cell phone (shelf life). Also, $600 was steep for the PS3 because of the tech they were using at the time. Blue ray/DVD combo, cell chip, etc. Now that they are going with the PC design, these parts are easier to come buy and less expensive…

    #17 1 year ago
  18. RavenX

    Doesn’t Microsoft have to pay Blu-Ray rights/royalties to Sony, or something?
    If so, both companies will have to use others “features”.

    #18 1 year ago