A big fat South African taking on a fresh-faced 21 year old wasn’t the only showdown this week. At a little gaming event/nerd fest called E3 Sony stepped into the next generation console ring and smashed Microsoft with a three hit combo so god damn powerful, I’m not sure that the Xbox One will be able to walk out of the building unaided. Here’s what happened:
RIGHT HOOK: The Playstation 4, which has similar (though slightly better) hardware than the Xbox One will cost $100 less than the Xbox One at launch. In New Zealand the PS4 is weighing in at a very tempting $650 with a 500GB, user-replaceable hard drive. The Xbox One will be $750.
LEFT HOOK: The PS4 will not require online validation. The Xbox One needs you to connect to the net once every 24 hours. Microsoft claim this is so game developers can use their cloud computing power to do things like provide lovely graphics and advanced AI beyond the capabilities of each individual machine; The only problem is the PS4 does this too without the check in requirement.
UPPER CUT: PS4 second hand games can be traded, sold, bought and gifted without Sony dipping their grubby mitts in at any stage. Unlike Microsoft. There are conflicting reports on what Microsoft is going to end up doing but early comments from them stated a second hand fee would be payable to play a game not associated with your account. In other words, on an Xbox One you’ll pay for the second hand game disc and then pay a fee AS WELL to Microsoft to get that copy of it to work on your machine. Not so for the new Playstation.
The end of 2013 can’t come soon enough – bring it on you two!
Tim runs semi-weekly podcast on gaming and gadgets called Tech With Swears available in iTunes