They had it all: hardware specs, social integration, new features, and most importantly, games. In comparison, Microsoft had Live TV, Live TV, Live TV, EA Sports, Call of Duty, Halo TV Show, and Live TV.
Although Sony didn’t answer all of the questions fans had in regards to its new system, they did a lot more in terms of creating positive hype than negative energy towards its fourth iteration of the popular PlayStation console. Sony left fans wanting more, in a good way, whereas Microsoft left fans wanting more answers to questions that remained unanswered.
Sony has a great opportunity to create an even larger gap between itself and Microsoft in the early stages of the eighth generation of consoles, but there are a few things it needs to do in order to solidify itself as an early frontrunner in the race to become number one.
A Look At The Console:
At Sony’s PS4 reveal event, the only piece of hardware we got to see was the controller. And while it does seem to be better than the DualShock 3 controller for the PS3, it’s still just another iteration of the classic PlayStation controller: Nothing new, nothing special.
Fans want to see what the console itself looks like. Microsoft seems to have hit the ball out of the park with its design of the Xbox One. Now, it’s up to Sony to deliver an equally aesthetically pleasing console.
An Official Price:
Neither Microsoft nor Sony have announced an actual price for their latest gaming consoles. The PS4 has long been rumored to have a $399 launch price, but a prediction by Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter suggests that the PS4 may come in at a very affordable $349 price tag.
If true, the PS4 would be the cheapest priced console at launch out of the two major players, Microsoft and Sony. It’s something that could definitely boost sales, but we won’t know for sure until it becomes official which will hopefully happen next week.
Used Game Policy:
Microsoft has been getting a lot of flak for its reported policy for used games. Sony can take a major step in the right direction if it comes out at E3 right away and says that there will be no fees for used games to be used on the PS4.
Sony already has won many over with the PS4 not requiring an internet connection at any time in order to use the console unlike its counterpart which will reportedly require it to be connected at least once every 24 hours in order to be used. Allowing gamers to share games without having to pay to try them could do wonders for increasing pre-orders and eventual sales for the company.
Do right Sony, make used games fee-less. It’s the least you can do with the console not being backwards compatible.
More Games (Exclusives):
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will have 15 exclusive titles released for the console within a year of its launch. We haven’t heard of the number of expected exclusives for the PS4, but it would be wise for them to come out at E3 and at least announce four or five big name exclusive games.
Microsoft has an exclusive deal with Electronic Arts (EA) that will bring exclusive features to the Xbox One through EA & EA Sports games. Sony needs to have something big to combat what Microsoft is trying to due to lure in fans.
The E3 Insider website did accidentally leak a list of games that would be shown off by Sony at the annual event. The site was fixed, but a cached version could still be accessed. Below you can see the full list that was leaked by the website:
- Beyond: Two Souls
- EverQuest Next
- Gran Turismo 6
- Infamous: Second Son
- Invizimals: The Alliance
- Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom
- Killzone: Mercenary
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- PlanetSide 2
- The Last Guardian
- The Last Of Us
- Until Dawn
- Warrior’s Lair
- Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler
It’s unsure if all these games will actually be part of Sony’s press event or just demos on the show floor. What we do know for sure though is that the powers that be at Sony will be going a long way to prove that the PS4 is a gaming machine above all else.
Say Online Multiplayer Will Remain Free:
Sony’s cost-free PlayStation Network has been an endearing quality of the system since its launch, even if it did suffer from the biggest internet hacking job in online gaming history. The fact that players could spend $60 on a game and play it online without a $10/month subscription made it all seem worth it. But just how long can Sony go without charging its users for online gaming access.
As Microsoft as proven, people will pay for online gaming services so what is stopping Sony from doing the same thing with the next generation. Hopefully the execs realize how much of a leg up that feature is heading into the next era and announce that the PSN will remain free of charge for users. Besides, can they really take constant jabs at Microsoft for what its doing then go and charge people for something that had been free for seven years? That would be the definition of evil.
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