Sony VS. Microsoft

2013 has been a big year in video games. Last month, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One. They showed off the Kinect 2 and a large amount of film and television features. Many were left scratching their heads, wondering if this was a gaming console or an entertainment system. Earlier this year, Sony announced the PlayStation 4, the successor to the PlayStation 3. Instead of revealing the console, Sony decided to showcase the Dualshock 4 along with a plethora of exclusive games. Now E3 is here, and both conferences are over. Microsoft and Sony gave us insight on what’s ahead for the next generation of consoles.  Leaving us excited for the months to come.

Microsoft’s conference left me feeling better today than I was a week ago. Like Sony did in February, the Microsoft conference was all about the games.  They kicked off the day by revealing gameplay footage of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Microsoft then unveiled numerous exclusives one after another. Some of the strongest among them were Ryse: Son of Rome, Quantum Break, and Titan fall. These look to be the leaders for the next generation of Xbox. A major concern was Microsoft’s refusal to address the policies concerning used games and the required internet connection. We’ve received information regarding these policies, but it would have been nice to see it as part of their presentation.  Microsoft ended their night with announcing that the Xbox One will be available November, 2013, with a price of $500.00.  A price many were expecting but disappointed with. If there is anything to take away from this, it’s that Microsoft showed us what we wanted, games.

Sony continued their tempo from February, unveiling the PlayStation 4 console, which has been a long time coming. Discussing games and games only, was their main focus, showing footage from Beyond: Two Souls, Infamous: Second Son, and knack. Many exclusives were also revealed, including The Order 1886, and The Dark Sorcerer. Little was shown of these but was exciting none the less. Sony then released the first glimpse of gameplay footage from the upcoming first person shooter Destiny, which looks to be one of the best games to come out next year.  President and CEO of SCEA, Jack Tretton, revealed that the PlayStation 4 will support used games and that no connection is required to play, stating” It won’t stop working if you haven’t authenticated within 24 hours.” The final reveal of the night was that the PlayStation 4 will have a price of $400.00, cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One.

Sony and Microsoft went head to head, unveiling some outstanding exclusives. Who is the winner then? Microsoft’s $500.00 Xbox One has a restriction on used games and requires the user to have an internet connection. Sony’s PS4 on the other hand, will be $400.00, requires no internet connection and is a supporter of used games. It seems that the deciding factor in this generation will be price and the way games are bought.

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38 Comments on "Sony VS. Microsoft"

  1. Dan June 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM -

    I have a decent amount of people on the 360 that have pre ordered the ps4 and claim the determining factor was the constant internet connection requirements of the Xbox 1 and the lower price of the PS4. I myself have not made a decision on the next gen. But I herd a rumor of Microsoft using P.c hardware with a graphic card higher than the one that is going to be used for the Xbox 1 during its demos at E3. In my opinion Sony is looking good coming out of the gates.

  2. Dan June 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM -

    2 days later Microsoft has a press conference to announce it is lifting Xbox one online requirements as well as DRM restrictions for games. Citing they listened to the feedback following the controversy and it was “herd loud and clear” things are getting interesting. Next gen console sales might be determined by last minute changes and last minute marketing in my opinion.

  3. RabidPigs June 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM -

    I posted a poll on my facebook page asking people which system they were going to choose, taking Microsoft’s back-peddling into account. One of my friends had a response that basically sums up how many, like myself, see the choice. He wrote, ” I am still thinking about going ps4…..xboxone tried to fuck me….no second date for you xbox”. Many worry that as simple as it was to remove a slew of features/disliked elements, it’s just as easy to put them back in, in stages, at a later date.

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