BILLED as a clash of the titans, Sony and Microsoft’s launches of their seventh generation consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, have been given close scrutiny by the gaming industry.
Among the relevations from the PlayStation 4 launch was the Sony console’s price point, which will be $100 cheaper than its rival.
Microsoft had revealed its new console would cost £429 at Los Angeles’ E3 trade show yesterday.
PlayStation 4’s new titles will include the latest installment of RPG franchise Final Fantasy. It was initially thought that it would be exclusive to Sony, but the long-running fantasy series will also be available on Xbox One. Microsoft engineered something of a coup by premiering Metal Gear Solid V, taking a series previously inextricable from Sony’s consoles.
Other PS4 titles include Killzone: Shadowfall, Infamous, and Destiny.
Sony US CEO and president Jack Tretton also revealed that, unlike Microsoft, limitations would not be placed on the used games market, and would not need a constant online connection either.
PS4 v Xbox One
• According to Microsoft, the console is an “all-in-one system” for games, live television, films and music.
• Xbox One can be voice and motion-controlled.
• The sleek black console comes with a new Kinect camera which can analyse body movements and even read a user’s heartbeat when exercising.
• It comes with a blu-ray drive and video-calling service Skype.
• Xbox One features fifteen exclusive games, including eight new franchises.
• Features include “snap mode” which allows users to run two programmes at once.
• “Trending” allows users to see which games and television shows are popular with friends.
• The “twitch” feature enables players to broadcast their gaming sessions live online.
• The console has eight gigabytes of memory.
• Xbox One will go on sale in the UK priced at £429.
• For Sony, the “gaming experience” is at the heart of its latest next generation console.
• The device comes with a feature which allows gamers to broadcast a live stream of their play.
• Sony has also promised to develop Cloud technology to enable users to play their old games via the internet.
• PS4 provides access to social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
• A “share” button allows users to post gameplay footage and screen shots.
• The DualShock 4 controller has a touchpad, a headphone socket and a light bar which can be tracked by a camera to detect where the player is.
• Players will not be required to sign in online.
• The console does not impose any new restrictions on how owners trade their PS4 game discs.
• The system has eight gigabytes of memory.
• The Playstation 4 will go on sale priced at £349.