PS4 to beat Xbox One to release date, but who has the real advantage?

Neither Sony nor Microsoft have confirmed the official launch dates for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One but the cat may have been let out of the bag early.

While one retailer in the Netherlands hastily pulled this PS4 display advertisement stating a November 13th release date for PS4, Amazon have pencilled in November 27, 2013 for the release on the Xbox One.

So, the PS4 could be first to the races with the console costing significantly less than the Xbox One, though Microsoft’s next-gen machine could be pencilled in to launch just a couple of days before Black Friday, known in the U.S. to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

A poll on Amazon, conducted to find out which console gamers will champion, concluded with Sony gaining a massive 94.7 percent of the votes. However, this was before Microsoft made a U-turn with its controversial DRM policy which may now attract more gamers.

Wedbush Morgan analyst, Michael Pachter believes that the battle of the next-gen console is closer than most people think.

“Microsoft has not done a particularly good job of communicating the value proposition to consumers, but today’s [policy] announcement will remove an impediment to the company’s ability to get its message across,” he said referring to the DRM reversal.

“We are confident that with six months of focused messaging, Microsoft can fully level the playing field with Sony, and we expect the Xbox One to sell as many units as the PS4. If we are wrong, we think that Microsoft is prepared to lower price next year.”

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A gamer since the days of the ZX Spectrum, Steven Williamson now works as General Manager for PSU. He's supposed to be managing, but if you're reading this, it means he's dipped into editorial again. Follow @steven_gamer
 
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