Earlier this year, Sony held a press conference to announce that they were going to hold another press conference. While that first reveal of what the Sony PlayStation 4 would be built around conceptually and clips of a few of the games that Sony would hoped would lead the way in their next generation made waves, most people had serious questions that weren't answered like "What does it look like?", "When is it coming out?", and "What does it cost?" There were also serious concerns about DRM (Digital Rights Management) after rumors surfaced that the PS4 wouldn't play used games (and after the Microsoft Xbox One was revealed to be heavily license-based, making GameStop stock holders quake). This week, at the massive E3 conference, Sony answered most of these questions. We still don't know when the system is actually launching although it's almost certainly before the end of the year but we do know how much it will cost, what it looks like, a few more games being developed for the PS4, and what it looks like. Welcome to the future of Sony.
A first-generation Sony PlayStation 4 will cost you $399 for 500GB, a full hundred bucks less than the Xbox One, and you can already pre-order it even though it doesn't have a date. When the PS3 was announced with high sticker prices ($600 for 60GB in 2006 to give you some comparison of how far we've come in terms of storage) that dwarfed the competition, the extra cost was seen as something that led to Microsoft getting an early upper hand. Despite boasting Kinect functionality and Microsoft's desire to be an "Everything Entertainment" hub more than just a game console, unless Xbox One drops in price, the same thing could happen here. Although cost was far from the only reason that Sony was viewed as having "won" the E3 battle of next-gen consoles.
You Can Share Games
After rumors that would put not only the used game industry out of business but make just sharing games with your buddies impossible, Sony became King simply by giving gamers something they have now. Think about that. By NOT taking something away, Sony knockout punched Microsoft. When you buy a game for your Sony PlayStation 4, you'll simply put it in and play it. No licenses. (However, and a lot of outlets glossed over this, you will have to have a Plus account to play online multiplayer a la Microsoft's Xbox Live). As Sony revealed, "PlayStation 4 won't impose any new restrictions on the use of PS4 games. When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to use that copy of the game, they can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever."
They Want You Online, But You Don't Have To Be
There's a growing concern about machines that need to always be on, as evidenced by response to early reports that the next-gen Xbox would require an always-on internet connection. Not so for the PS4. While the bulk of the bells and whistles around the new system are embedded in its online functionality (UStreaming gameplay, sharing with your friends, posting to social media, etc.), Sony wisely refused to alienate people who don't consider online play an essential part of their console experience. Once again, Sony earned points by giving gamers something they have now. Fascinating.
Games, Games, and More Cool Games
Of course, it wouldn't be E3 without hours of gameplay footage and Sony showed off some more of their increasingly impressive launch arsenal, revealing that "The Order: 1886" and Quantic Dream's "Dark Sorcerer" were being prepped as PS4 exclusives, while also showing footage from next-gen games like "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag," "Destiny," "Kingdom Hearts 3," "Mad Max," and the wicked-cool return of "Final Fantasy" in "Final Fantasy XV," a reworked version of the LONG-anticipated "Final Fantasy Versus XIII," which had a trailer released seven years ago before being thought dead.
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