PS4 Dominates Xbox One At First Day Of E3
E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, kicked off yesterday, and it started off with a bang. Sony and Microsoft both unveiled the details of their new next-generation gaming consoles, and it appears that Sony fared decidedly better than its rival.
Microsoft's Xbox One had already been revealed last month, and there were widespread rumors about most of what it was planning to offer. Sony's PS4, on the other hand, was a complete mystery, so the long-anticipated reveal certainly earned the company points for showmanship.
If that were the PS4's only advantage, the race would still be close. Unfortunately for those at Microsoft, they seemed to lose in many other categories. Most important to many gamers was both company's DRM (digital rights management) policies. Sony won the crowd over quickly.
"The DRM decision for third-party games will be up to publishers," Sony's Jack Tretton stated, continuing "[PS4] won't pose any new restrictions on the use of PS4 gamers. We believe in the model that people embrace today with PlayStation 3."
The Xbox One was not able to deliver the same guarantee to its loyal contingent of gamers, and they may suffer for it. Purchasing used games for the Xbox One looks like it will be a strenuous, detailed process that will all but eliminate the used game market for that console. In addition, gamers will need to check-in online once a day just to be able to play a game title. For Sony, the decision was simple: customers are number one.
"It's something that we believe in. We know gamers come first; we know what they want," said Sony's VP of Worldwide Studios Scott Rohde. "I was personally overwhelmed with the massive explosion on Twitter, with everyone essentially begging, 'Please don't do this Sony, please don't do this PlayStation!' It was so hard not to say, right away, 'Well, we never were going to do that, but now let's have a little fun and announce it in a fun way at the PlayStation press conference.'"
As if that wasn't enough, the PS4's hardware seems to have a slight edge in both the RAM and GPU departments. Though the Xbox One does have a motion-sensing device included with its Kinect, that didn't do much to win over attendees of E3 once the death blow came from Sony: the PS4 will be priced at $399, $100 lower the Xbox One price of $499.
News of the PS4's triumph at E3 soon went viral on internet forums such as Reddit, with the overall consensus being that Sony had not only succeeded, but that Microsoft fell flat on its face. We won't know for sure how well these two consoles will fare until they are released for the Christmas shopping season, but smart money has the PS4 winning in a landslide.
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