Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 10:36 pm
The next-gen consoles arenâ€™t here yet but the first battle in the upcoming war has already begun. Sony planted their feet first, hosting a massive press conference in February for press around the world to unveil the PlayStation 4, ensuring that this time around, theyâ€™d beat Microsoft to the punch. The unveiling came with several game announcements and information on a lot of concepts, but the console hardware itself and its interface were nowhere to be seen, resulting in criticisms, including a few shots from Microsoft reps themselves.
Last week it was Microsoftâ€™s turn and the Xbox One was unveiled. We saw the console, the dashboard and many of its home entertainment functions, but Microsoftâ€™s lack of consistent and concrete details offered to media in attendance regarding its always-online policies, used games and hardware, resulted in a PR nightmare of sorts, and Sony couldnâ€™t be happier. The reactions from the Xbox One reveal may actually be affecting Sonyâ€™s plans for the PS4.
You can see it on Twitter, across news aggregates like Reddit and N4G, and even here in the comment sections of Game Rant of each Xbox One article we write â€“ some gamers arenâ€™t happy with the news so far about the Xbox One, and not because of the overzealous focus on TV and sports, but because of how it may take away a lot of freedoms gamers are accustomed to.
Focusing on just used games, Wired first discovered from playtesting the console that console discs on the Xbox One must be installed. During installation, the games can be played so thereâ€™s no direct negative impact on gamers from this changing reality. The issue is what happens when we let our siblings or friends play on their consoles, or publishers forbid, we sell or trade the game. Various sources and interviews explained that if a gamer takes a console disc to someone elseâ€™s Xbox One, itâ€™s free for them to play it so long as the original owner is logged in. If not and you want to let your friend/family/whoever play it, they have to pay a â€œfeeâ€
Posted: Thu May 30, 2013 11:40 pm
From an article on Gametrailers
[b]"The most important thing we need to do is agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers," Hirai says. â€œIf we miss that part, I donâ€™t think we get the initial establishment of the console. That formula has worked for us with all our consoles, including the PS3.â€
Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:53 pm
[quote]It seems like itâ€™s been months since weâ€™ve first heard rumblings about the PS4 and Xbox One requiring players to be â€œalways onlineâ€
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:20 pm
The console wars are over, Microsoft has lost!!!!
It is so sad that Sony had to state the obvious about used games and no internet restrictions, but whatever, way to go Sony.
The conference was full of surprised and fantastic. I was ready to rage though when they started to talk about movies and tv series, but they didn't talk about it long and even their sports talk was very quick. They didn't beat around the bush, told us what we wanted to know, showed us some amazing games (the Indie games look awesome, and I am curious about The Order), especially the new stuff on Watch_Dogs. I was actually even impressed with Destiny even though I'll probably never play it since it is an MMO.
Jack Trenton is the man and friggin awesome!! His facial reactions for when everyone cheered about the clarity of no restrictions was awesome and you could tell he was having fun with it. I loved how they stressed through the entire conference that this is a machine for gamers. Once again, Sony has won the war before it even started. Even the $400 is not bad. Now, when is Gamestop going to start taking preorders?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... WSIFh8ICaA
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:15 pm
Great information but the confirmation that Netflix is not behind a PS+ paywall is the gem to me.
Although the region free thing is probably great as well for importers too.
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:23 pm
How much does PS+ cost anyway? Isn't it like the same as XBL?
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:06 pm
. Currently it's $4.99 a month (under $5 dollars technically), or $49.99 a year. The price for XBox Live Gold is $9.99 a month or $59.99 a year. Yeah, PS+ is a steal.