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It wants to sell 5 million PS4s by March 2014

Sony is betting big on its latest console with sales estimates of 3 million PlayStation 4s by the end of the year.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Sony predicts that it will sell 3 million PlayStation 4 units by the end of 2013, and 5 million units by March 2014.

“This is a marathon, not a sprint, but getting out to a nice start is a good thing to do,” said JackTretton, president and chief executive officer of Sony's U.S. computer entertainment division. “That hurdle has been cleared. We’re very, very confident we’re in great shape.”

Sony is hoping that the PS4 will have an advantage against its competition -- Microsoft's Xbox One -- with an earlier release date. The PlayStation 4 is set to release November 15 in the U.S. and November 29 in Europe at $399 while the Xbox One has a November 22 release date in the U.S. and is priced $100 higher than the PS4 at $499. 

“We’re very comfortable with it,” said Tretton. “I’m excited about next week to be able to talk about what was sold as opposed to what we may sell.”

Last week, Amazon already had a warehouse full of PS4s ready to ship come release day. The image below was posted November 7 on the Facebook page Amazon Video Games

If the lower price and earlier release date aren't enough, Sony is also hoping the PS4's internals will draw more sales over the Xbox One. Last week, Wired posted a video that showed off the PS4's innards, and saw updates such as an x86 CPU architecture and an integrated power adapter. 

The video breakdown also revealed a 500GB hard disk drive; 8GB of GDDR5 memory (eight on each side of the main processor for a total of 8GB); a secondary processor for network processing with low power consumption; two heat pipes for the heat sink; an 85-mm-diameter centrifugal fan, and ports for USB 3.0, Ethernet, HDMI, optical audio output and an AUX connector for the camera. 

If you're still debating between the PS4 and an Xbox One, some Xbox One internals are an APU with eight x86-64 cores; 8GB of DDR3 RAM; a GPU based on an AMD GCN architecture (it just got a GPU bump to 853MHz, up from the previous 800MHz); a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive; three USB 3.0 ports; HDMI, and a Blu-ray optical drive.

Will you be helping Sony reach its holiday sales goal of 3 million, or wait it out for the Xbox One?

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: I'll be getting XBox
By TakinYourPoints on 11/13/2013 2:28:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, games are what define any platform. Its why I play games on Windows, iOS, Playstation, and Nintendo.

Sony has done an amazing job nurturing their studios over the last few years. Naughty Dog, That Game Company, Santa Monica Studio, Quantic Dream, etc etc. They have a great set of studios under them now.

Microsoft did the opposite, closing down or letting go of their internal studios. I think they realized their mistake because they recently dropped a lot of money on EA to make Titanfall a console exclusive rather than a timed exclusive.

Either way, the platform with the best exclusive library is the one that gets my money, and that isn't the XB1. Nintendo hardware gets Nintendo games, Sony has their studios, and the cross-platform stuff gets played on my PC.

XB1 has none of that. The fact that it has slower hardware while costing $100 more makes the decision SUPER easy. :)

RE: I'll be getting XBox
By inperfectdarkness on 11/13/2013 5:09:37 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Life just would NOT be complete without a regular dose of Nintendo.

RE: I'll be getting XBox
By inighthawki on 11/13/2013 12:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yep. The Wii and Wii U may have been a bit underwhelming compared to the competition, but Nintendo tends to have quality games, even after the number of releases each one has had (Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc).

RE: I'll be getting XBox
By TakinYourPoints on 11/14/2013 5:38:42 PM , Rating: 2
I really feel like PC + Wii U is the best setup right now if you are limited to just one console.

The Wii U has games you can't get anywhere else and types of games using the tablet and Wii remote that you can't play anywhere else.

The PS4 is great, don't get me wrong, but until Naughty Dog and the other top tier Sony developers start releasing their new games then there isn't an urgent need to jump in.

Says the guy who has a PS4 shipping from Amazon right now :)

RE: I'll be getting XBox
By Sazabi19 on 11/13/2013 9:15:49 AM , Rating: 2
Wrong, Titanfall will be a Microsoft exclusive, it's available for PC as well :)

RE: I'll be getting XBox
By TakinYourPoints on 11/14/2013 5:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I said "console exclusive", but I can see how that can be totally be misinterpreted.

It will be exclusive among consoles, but not among PC.

My plan has always been to get Titanfall from Origin. Again, PC is for cross-platform, no need for an XB1 if this is going to be the limit to their exclusive games. :)

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