Japanese tech giants Sony have unveiled the fourth instalment of their enormously admired Playstation series.
The games device, that was officially exposed at this year’s E3 Fair in Los Angeles, California, has been vehemently anticipated.
Although many of the console’s features and updates were unveiled in February, Sony had kept potential buyers guessing on some essential facts, including the overall design of the Playstation 4.
Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said that the Playstation 4 represents, in some ways, a very new Playstation.
Possibly the reports that has many people talking is the statement the Playstation 4 will critically undercut its nearest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, on cost. Mr. House announced the Playstation 4 could be sold at US $399 (£349) upon release, whilst, at the exact same exhibition, Microsoft had previously revealed that the Xbox One would cost US $499 (£429).
One more important declaration came when it was revealed that Sony wouldn’t be introducing any limitations on second hand games. Actually, the Playstation 4 won’t even need players to regularly validate their consoles via the Net to be able to continue play.
Conversely, Microsoft has added more limitations regarding who a gamer can buy second-hand titles from. The company has yet gone so far as to require Xbox One gamers to connect to the net once each day so they can use their console.
In response to Sony, there is approximately one hundred forty PS4 games presently in development, with 100 roughly expected to go for sale within the PS4’s first year of release. Trade insiders have speculated that Sony are attempting to reach out to indie developers, particularly those who feel muted by Microsoft.
Drawing a tremendous cheer from the audience, Jack Tretton, boss of Sony Entertainment America stated, “PS4 won’t impose any new limitations on your use of Playstation 4 game discs,”
BBC correspondent Dave Lee reported that, “If console battles were decided through the frequency and volume of whoops and cheers from highly strung gaming fanatics, then Sony has won it hands down”.
The present Sony console, the PS3, outsold Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by a good margin, but was in turn outsold by Nintendo’s Wii. It’s consideration that Sony are attempting to rectify this with the release of the PS4.
Sony’s announcement has been seen by some as a calculated hit against Microsoft, with IGN.com’s UK Editor-in-Chief Alex Simmons describing it as a extremely public slap across Microsoft’s face.
Sony declined to offer a release date for their new machine, but stoutly hinted that the Playstation 4 should arrive around Christmas.
Sony Unveils Playstation 4, ‘Slapping Face’ of Microsoft