The gaming console, which was officially revealed at this year’s E3 Trade show in Los Angeles, California, have been hotly anticipated.
Though several of the console’s textures and updates were announced in February, Sony had kept prospective consumers guessing on some essential details, including the general design of the Playstation 4.
Andrew House, Head and Group CEO of SCE, said the Playstation 4 represents, in many ways, a very new Playstation.
Possibly the news that has many people discussing could be the declaration the PS4 will gravely dent its close rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, on price. Mr. House unveiled the Playstation 4 could be sold at US $399 (£349) upon release, whilst, at the identical show, Microsoft had earlier revealed the Xbox One will be US $499 (£429).
Another vital announcement came when it is revealed that Sony wouldn’t be introducing any limitations on second hand games. In fact, the Playstation 4 is not going to even require gamers to frequently verify their machines via the Internet so as to continue play.
Conversely, Microsoft has added more restrictions regarding who a gamer can buy second-hand titles from. The company has even gone as far as to require Xbox One players to connect to the web once every day in order to use their console.
In response to Sony, there are about 140 Playstation 4 video games presently in progress, with 100 roughly expected to go on sale within the Playstation 4′s initial year of issue. Industry insiders have speculated that Sony are attempting to reach out to indie designers, particularly those who feel muted by Microsoft.
BBC correspondent Dave Lee reported that, “If console battles were decided by the frequency and volume of whoops and cheers from excitable games fanatics, then Sony has won it hands down”.
The present Sony console, the PS3, outsold Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by a good margin, but was consequently outsold by Nintendo’s Wii. It’s consideration that Sony are trying to rectify this using the release of the Playstation 4.
Sony’s announcement has been seen by some like a calculated strike against Microsoft, with IGN.com’s UK Editor-in-Chief Alex Simmons describing it as a very public slap across Microsoft’s face.
Sony declined to provide a release date for their new machine, but tenaciously hinted the PS4 ought to turn up around Christmas time.