The next generation of Gaming, one nil to Sony

earpieceSome of these trained writers on the web are at such a top level that i wonder if any of them have ever printed a paperback? so every now and then i like to focus on these outstanding articles and here is one i found interesting the other day.

Japanese tech giants Sony have announced the 4th instalment of their hugely popular Playstation series.

The games device, which was officially exposed at this year’s E3 Fair in Los Angeles, California, have been hotly anticipated.

Though several of the console’s textures and updates were unveiled in February, Sony had kept prospective buyers guessing on some essential information, including the overall design of the Playstation 4.

Andrew House, Head and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said that the PS4 represents, in some ways, a very new Playstation.

Maybe the news which has many people talking may be the declaration the Playstation 4 will seriously undercut its nearest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, on price. Mr. House announced the Playstation 4 could be offered at US $399 (£349) upon release, whilst, at the identical exhibition, Microsoft had previously revealed that the Xbox One would be US $499 (£429).

One more imperative declaration came when it is revealed that Sony would not be introducing any restrictions on second hand games. Actually, the Playstation 4 is not going to even need gamers to regularly validate their machines via the Net in order to continue play.

Conversely, Microsoft has added further restrictions regarding who a gamer can buy second-hand titles from. The company has yet gone so far as to require Xbox One players to connect to the internet once every day in order to use their machine.

According to Sony, there are around one hundred forty PS4 video games presently in development, with 100 or so expected to go for sale in the PS4’s 1st year of release. Trade insiders have speculated that Sony are attempting to reach out to independent developers, particularly those that feel stifled by Microsoft.

Drawing an enormous cheer from the spectators, Jack Tretton, boss of SEA stated, “PS4 will not impose any new restrictions on your use of Playstation 4 game discs,”

BBC correspondent Dave Lee reported that, “If console battles were decided by the frequency and volume of whoops and cheers from excitable gaming fanatics, then Sony has won it hands down”.

The current Sony machine, the PS3, outsold Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by a decent margin, but was in turn outsold by Nintendo’s Wii. It is consideration that Sony are trying to rectify this using the release of the PS4.

Sony’s announcement has been seen by some as a calculated hit against Microsoft, with’s UK Editor-in-Chief Alex Simmons recounting it as a very public slap across Microsoft’s face.

Sony declined to provide a release date for the new console, but stoutly hinted the PS4 should arrive around Christmas time.


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