Japanese technology giants Sony have unveiled the 4th instalment of their enormously admired Playstation series.
The games device, which was officially revealed at this year’s E3 Trade event in Los Angeles, California, have been vehemently anticipated.
Although several of the console’s textures and upgrades were unveiled in February, Sony had kept potential buyers guessing on some crucial details, including the overall design of the Playstation 4.
Andrew House, Head and Group CEO of SCE, said the PS4 represents, in some ways, a completely new Playstation.
Perhaps the reports which has most people discussing is the declaration the PS4 will critically undercut its nearest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, on price. Mr. House unveiled the PS4 would be offered at US $399 (£349) upon release, whilst, at the exact same show, Microsoft had earlier revealed the Xbox One will cost US $499 (£429).
One more important declaration came when it was revealed that Sony would not be introducing any restrictions on second user games. Actually, the Playstation 4 won’t even need gamers to regularly authenticate their machines via the Internet so as to continue play.
Conversely, Microsoft has added more limitations regarding who a player can buy second-hand titles from. The corporation has even gone so far as to require Xbox One players to connect to the internet once every day in order to use their console.
In response to Sony, there is about one hundred forty PS4 games currently in development, with one hundred roughly expected to go on sale in the Playstation 4’s first year of release. Industry insiders have speculated that Sony are trying to reach out to indie designers, mainly those that feel stifled by Microsoft.
Drawing a tremendous cheer from the spectators, 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 console, the Playstation 3, outsold Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by a good margin, but was in turn outsold by Nintendo’s Wii. It is consideration that Sony are trying to rectify this with the release of the Playstation 4.
Sony’s announcement has been seen by some like a calculated hit 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 the new machine, but strongly hinted the PS4 should arrive around Christmas.