The question coming into E3 2013 was who would win between the two gaming giants, Microsoft’s Xbox One or Sony’s PlayStation 4.
Instead of trying to fix some of the issues with the Xbox One that had fans enraged, Microsoft stuck to their guns and focused on the games…as was promised. But with Microsoft going early this morning and Sony just wrapping up, the latter took the opportunity to drop bombs, delivering one of the most epic final 10-15 minutes in E3 history that easily gave Sony the E3 2013 KO. It’s been a while since someone has put Microsoft on their back, and it just happened.
Continue reading for more and to see the video of Sony’s PS4 console reveal.
Sony got it moving with our first actual look at the console itself, which can be seen above. Then came the promises they had to make in order to distance themselves from Microsoft: NO blocked used games whatsoever and NO restrictions on borrowing or lending games, and NO always on or required connection every 24 hours to keep your system running (a.k.a. keeping an eye on your activity). PLUS PS3 backwards compatibility will be possible via the Gaikai cloud-based service, though it’s unclear exactly how this will work when it comes to the games you already own.
Then, to wrap it all up with a middle finger to end all middle fingers, Sony revealed that this powerful next-gen system would hit store shelves STARTING at $399. That’s $200 cheaper than the price that their PS3 launched at and $100 cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One is launching at. My, how the tables have turned.
I’ve owned both consoles for years now, and have been more of an Xbox fan for many of those years. But with the highly questionable restrictions of the Xbox One and what Sony just threw down, I have to lean heavily toward Sony right now, and you’d be hard pressed to find a soul who disagrees.
If Microsoft has any chance to even the score a bit and better their chances for the long run, they need to figure out some changes to make, and implement them immediately.
What do you think of where the console wars currently stand?