Japanese tech giants Sony have announced the 4th instalment of their hugely popular Playstation series.
The video games device, which was officially revealed at this year’s E3 Trade show in Los Angeles, California, has been ardently anticipated.
Although several of the console’s features and updates were announced in February, Sony had kept potential buyers guessing on some essential information, including the general design of the PS4.
Andrew House, President and Group CEO of SCE, said that the PS4 represents, in some ways, a completely new Playstation.
Perhaps the reports that has most people talking is the declaration the Playstation 4 will critically dent its nearest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, on cost. Mr. House announced the PS4 is offered at US $399 (£349) upon release, whilst, at the exact same fair, Microsoft had previously revealed how the Xbox One would be US $499 (£429).
One more significant declaration came when it is revealed that Sony would not be introducing any limitations on second user games. In fact, the PS4 won’t even need gamers to frequently authenticate their consoles via the Internet to be able to continue play.
Conversely, Microsoft has added further limitations regarding who a player can purchase second-hand titles from. The corporation has yet gone so far as to need Xbox One gamers to connect to the net once every day in order to use their machine.
In response to Sony, there are about 140 Playstation 4 video games currently in progress, with one hundred roughly expected to go on sale in the PS4’s 1st year of release. Trade insiders have speculated that Sony are attempting to reach out to independent designers, mainly those who feel stifled by Microsoft.
Drawing a massive cheer from the audience, Jack Tretton, boss of Sony Entertainment America stated, “PS4 will not impose any new restrictions on your use of Playstation 4 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’s consideration that Sony are attempting to rectify this using the release of the Playstation 4.
Sony’s announcement is seen by some like a calculated hit against Microsoft, with IGN.com’s UK Editor-in-Chief Alex Simmons recounting it as a incredibly public slap across Microsoft’s face.
Sony declined to provide a release date for the new console, but tenaciously hinted the Playstation 4 should arrive around Christmas.