Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Large retailer's product release schedule points to an Oct. 21 PS4 retail launch date

According to a NeoGAF member named Nealand Liquor, who works at a large retailer, a product release schedule dropped off on Monday at his company notes a release date of Oct. 21 for an unnamed Sony console. Unless Sony is planning on releasing, say, a PS Vita 2, the most likely reason for such a console release would be the PlayStation 4.

The rumored release date falls within a range of dates that have been considered as possible for a pre-holiday release window.

Why does Liquor think this is a new product? He feels that way because, as he explains, revisions are usually listed with the product name. New products are generally listed with only a vague reference.
Rumor: Our internal product release schedule from head office dropped yesterday and on Oct 21st an unnamed Sony console will be launched. Fyi all console revisions like the ps360 slims and Wii Mini were listed as ps360 & wii mini. Previously the wiiu, 3ds and vita were also only listed as Nintendo/Sony Console in the product name column.

Disclaimer: I just work at a very large retailer, managing the electronics sales force and nothing more. I have nothing to do with purchasing, nation wide merchandising or shipping. I am not trying to play this off as I have connections at Sony, or I am some sort of insider. It's that just yesterday we received a product release schedule from our head office and I thought this is OT itt.

These schedules btw, are for internal use only, designed to allow us time to create our instore merch plans. If the launch date for a product is unknown, it's simply marked TBA. The only time a date is ever included is when we have received confirmation of said date from the product company.
Notably, NeoGaf forum mods say that they have verified the account of Nealand Liquor, confirming that he works in electronic sales for of a very large retailer.

Still, this remains in the rumor category, until verified by Sony itself.

For those unaware, NeoGAF was formerly named the Gaming-Age Forums. It is an internet forum that discusses video games, and was originally founded as an offshoot to a video game news site, Gaming-Age. Since April 4, 2006, the site has been independently hosted and administered.

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