Japanese tech giants Sony have announced the 4th instalment of the hugely admired Playstation series.
The video games console, which was officially exposed at this year’s E3 Trade show in Los Angeles, California, has been ardently anticipated.
Though several of the console’s features and updates were announced in February, Sony had kept potential buyers guessing on some important facts, including the general design of the PS4.
Andrew House, Head and Group CEO of SCE, said that the PS4 represents, in many ways, a completely new Playstation.
Possibly the reports that has most people talking could be the declaration the PS4 will critically undercut its nearest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, on price. Mr. House unveiled the Playstation 4 is offered at US $399 (£349) upon release, whilst, at the exact same fair, Microsoft had previously revealed that the Xbox One would be US $499 (£429).
Another important announcement came when it is revealed that Sony wouldn’t be introducing any limitations on second user games. In fact, the Playstation 4 is not going to even need players to frequently validate their machines via the Net so as to continue play.
Conversely, Microsoft has added more restrictions concerning who a gamer can purchase second-hand titles from. The corporation has even gone so far as to require Xbox One gamers to connect to the internet once each day so they can use their machine.
In response to Sony, there is about a hundred and forty Playstation 4 games presently in development, with 100 roughly expected to go on sale within the PS4’s first year of release. Industry insiders have speculated that Sony are trying to reach out to independent designers, particularly those that feel stifled by Microsoft.
Drawing a tremendous cheer out of the spectators, Jack Tretton, boss of Sony Entertainment America stated, “PS4 will not impose any new limitations for your use of PS4 game discs,”
BBC correspondent Dave Lee reported that, “If console battles were decided through the frequency and volume of whoops and cheers from highly strung gaming fanatics, then Sony has won it hands down”.
The present Sony machine, the Playstation 3, outsold Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by a decent margin, but was in turn outsold by Nintendo’s Wii. It is consideration that Sony are attempting to rectify this using the release of the PS4.
Sony’s announcement has been seen by some as a calculated strike against Microsoft, with IGN.com’s UK Editor-in-Chief Alex Simmons describing it as a incredibly public slap across Microsoft’s face.
Sony declined to offer a release date for the new console, but stoutly hinted the Playstation 4 ought to arrive around Christmas.