nerd orgy Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Sony unveiled the much-anticipated PlayStation 4. From the looks of it, the device will be a major competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox One (aka the XBONE), set to be released around the same time later this year.
That comparison starts with the price — the PS4 comes in one hundred bucks cheaper than the XBONE ($399 USD vs.$499.)
The biggest difference between the two consoles, however, is the PlayStation’s lack of restrictions on secondhand games. This decision runs contrary to Microsoft’s stringent policy requiring licenses to resell and lend games.
Microsoft is likely to retain its contingent of Xbox devotees, but Sony’s price and features make the brand more likely to expand its following, chipping away at Microsoft’s market share. Sony: drinking Microsoft’s milkshake.
The only roadblock that remains is Sony’s dearth of popular franchises compared to Microsoft. If Sony can develop titles to compete with Microsoft games such as Halo and Gears of War, it could be an interesting turn in the so-called “Console Wars”, a battle that’s ironically waged largely over popular combat games.
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