Japanese technology giants Sony have unveiled the 4th instalment of their enormously admired Playstation series.
The gaming device, which was officially exposed at this year’s E3 Trade show in Los Angeles, California, have been hotly anticipated.
Although several of the console’s features and upgrades were unveiled in February, Sony had kept potential consumers guessing on some important details, including the overall design of the Playstation 4.
Andrew House, Head and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said the Playstation 4 represents, in many ways, a completely new Playstation.
Perhaps the reports which has most people discussing could be the announcement that the Playstation 4 will critically undercut its nearest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, on cost. Mr. House unveiled the Playstation 4 could be offered at US $399 (£349) upon release, whilst, at the exact same fair, Microsoft had previously revealed that the Xbox One would cost US $499 (£429).
One more vital declaration came when it was revealed that Sony wouldn’t be introducing any limitations on second user games. In fact, the PS4 will not even need players to frequently authenticate their machines via the Internet in order to continue play.
Conversely, Microsoft has added more restrictions regarding who a player can purchase second-hand titles from. The company has yet gone so far as to need Xbox One players to connect to the internet once every day so they can use their machine.
In response to Sony, there is approximately 140 Playstation 4 video games currently in development, with one hundred or so expected to go on sale in the Playstation 4’s first year of issue. Trade insiders have speculated that Sony are trying to reach out to indie developers, particularly those that feel stifled by Microsoft.
Drawing a massive cheer out of the spectators, Jack Tretton, boss of Sony Entertainment America said, “PS4 will not impose any new restrictions for your use of PS4 game discs,”
BBC correspondent Dave Lee reported that, “If console battles were decided by the frequency and volume of whoops and cheers from highly strung games fanatics, then Sony has won it hands down”.
The current Sony console, the PS3, outsold Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by a decent margin, but was consequently outsold by Nintendo’s Wii. It’s consideration that Sony are trying to rectify this using the release of the PS4.
Sony’s announcement is seen by some like a calculated strike against Microsoft, with IGN.com’s UK Editor-in-Chief Alex Simmons recounting it as a extremely public slap across Microsoft’s face.
Sony declined to offer a release date for their new console, but stoutly hinted that the PS4 should arrive around Christmas time.