PS4 cheaper than the latest Xbox One
The announcement was made yesterday at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles; that the new Play Station 4 would retail in the UK at £349, that's £80 less than the latest Xbox One, when it finally hits the shops this Christmas.
The Japanese firm also unveiled to the crowd of tech lovers and journalists the new PS4 console design. However it was the price difference compared to rivals Microsoft that made the biggest impact and subsequent headlines.
Stephen Totilo, editor-in-chief of the gaming news site Kotaku spoke to the BBC shortly after the unveil;
"Clearly the big headline is that the PlayStation is going to be $100 less than the Xbox One when they come out in the US. Microsoft is going to need to look again at its price or explain why it offers better value, such as the inclusion of its Kinect sensor."
Cost aside, it was Sony's stance on digital rights management, which thrilled the audience, when Sony announced that unlike Microsoft, they have taken the decision to not impose any restrictions on game disk; this would allow PS4 users to trade and sell games, or use pre-owned disc-based games bought from friends or retailers, without having to pay fees.
This is in stark contrast to the Xbox One where every game bought must be installed to the users system and liked to their user's profile. The games can then be played on other consoles but the user will have to access it through a cloud server each time. Microsoft has also introduced a requirement to connect to the net once every 24-hour to play games the console. Sony's PS4 doesn't need to be connected to the internet to work.
Alex Simmons, UK Editor-in-Chief of news site IGN.com commented;
"With Sony continually pushing their gaming credentials and the development of the PlayStation brand for gamers throughout their presentation - it has very publicly slapped Microsoft across the face. Talk of restrictions on the sale of pre-owned games and a requirement for an internet connection have been two of the largest consumer concerns surrounding the next-generation consoles."
Although Sony is yet to confirm a launch date for the new PS4 it's expected that the console will be ready to retail for Christmas 2013. Sony said that they currently have over 140 PS4 games in development, 100 of which should be released within its first year.
Although the benefits for PS4 users seem to outweigh those of Xbox gamers, one critic was quick to point out some of Sony's flaws including the lack of 'Kinect' and the variety and quality of PS4 games in comparison to what Microsoft currently already have.
"You don't get the Kinect with the PS4 - Sony's Eye camera isn't as powerful and may be sold separately - so Microsoft can push the fact its sensor is worth the extra £80. The other thing is that the Xbox One games line-up seems to be stronger at launch.
"A lot of the games announced at Sony's event have been given a 2014 date and its Gaikai cloud streaming service won't start offering PS3 titles to the new console until next year as well."
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