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GameStop Executive: "Sony Will Introduce The PS4 Globally In 2013"

This year for Europe? That would be quite the thing.

“We know that Sony will introduce the PlayStation 4 globally in 2013,” said Michael Hogan, executive vice president of strategy business and brand development at GameStop, “but we are still waiting to see what Microsoft’s final plans are.”

This was said during a quarterly conference call with financial analysts this week, in which Hogan also said that the company has “scenarios with one console introduction, as well as with two.”

“Even a single launch in 2013 will drive double-digit console growth in 2014; and two launches would likely drive the console category north of 20% growth,” he added.

Robert Loyd, chief financial officer of GameStop, noted that “with Grand Theft Auto V and Battlefield 4 releasing in the third quarter, and the PlayStation 4 launching in the fourth quarter, we expect a return to growth for the back half of the year.”

With Sony keeping tight lipped over the launch of the console, many assumed the machine would only launch in Japan during 2013.

Of course, there’s the slim chance that Hogan meant “fiscal” 2013, which in GameStop’s case would run until February 2014. However, as XbitLabs notes, GameStop appear to be banking on the launch contributing to sales during a “high spend season” – Christmas, then.

Via XbitLabs.

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20 Comments
  1. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Half of the yearly takings in just three, Christmassy months. Is that right or was it three quarters worth? Either way, it’s a hell of a lot of pressure on companies to survive the arrid months and see it through to rainy season.

    If the PS4 appears in the UK this year I think we’ll set the Gunniess World Record for mass ejaculation. Sorry, but it’s true! :-P

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 13:51.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      I’m getting my tissues ready!

      Comment posted on 02/04/2013 at 08:47.
  2. fattyuk
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    ps4 Europe, this year?

    nah not happening!

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 14:33.
  3. stage1
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Wow, Sony are really going all out for the PS4.
    I love this.

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 14:33.
  4. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    That would be amazing!

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 14:52.
  5. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Always gonna be the plan, but until they get manufacturing up to pace no one, not even Sony can say. They don’t know what the yields of both the chips & the memory is going to like, and they don’t know how fast they can reliably make them.

    Until they get that info, Europe is always going to be second class citizens and waiting to see if the yields are good enough & if the speed of manufacturing initial batches is high enough.

    If it is, we’ll get it… if it isn’t then we won’t.

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 14:55.
  6. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    I would love a global release, but I can’t see it happening tbh.

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 14:57.
  7. Kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Well they really need to launch it in Europe this year. They can’t afford to give Wii U another free Christmas and maybe Xbox 720 a christmas before P4 launches.

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 15:21.
    • MadJunkBoy
      Member
      Since: Aug 2010

      i can’t see the neXtbox making it out before christmas this year!
      PS4? maybe, but the neXtbox? nope.

      Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 17:01.
      • fattyuk
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        Yeah I’m sure giving the Wii U another free christmas it’s really going to make an impact as the Wii U is doing pretty damn well ATM! The line up of games for the rest of the year is looking pretty sweet aswell!

        Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 18:47.
      • yiddo
        Member
        Since: Jun 2010

        My sarcasm detector has just gone off the mother fucking charts.

        Comment posted on 01/04/2013 at 10:49.
  8. Broonba
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    According to my crystal ball, we’ll be playing PS4 in Britain at Christmas 2013.

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 15:28.
  9. pip
    Member
    Since: Jun 2012

    I am certain Sony intend on releasing in the EU this year. However, whether or not that will happen is a different story.

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 16:06.
  10. whoelse
    Writer
    Since: Forever

    You know brother, Sony’s PS4 brother, it will be launching worldwide this year dude. What ya going to do, when the DualShock 4 runs wild on you!

    Sorry.

    Comment posted on 31/03/2013 at 16:27.

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