Japanese technology giants Sony have unveiled the 4th instalment of the enormously popular Playstation series.
The games console, that was officially revealed at this year’s E3 Trade show in Los Angeles, California, have been hotly anticipated.
Though many of the console’s features and upgrades were announced in February, Sony had kept potential buyers guessing on some essential details, including the general design of the Playstation 4.
Andrew House, Head and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said that the PS4 represents, in many ways, a totally new Playstation.
Maybe the reports which has many people talking is the declaration the PS4 will seriously dent its nearest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, on price. Mr. House unveiled that the Playstation 4 could be sold at US $399 (£349) upon release, whilst, at the identical fair, Microsoft had previously revealed the Xbox One would cost US $499 (£429).
Another significant announcement came when it is revealed that Sony wouldn’t be introducing any limitations on second user games. In truth, the Playstation 4 won’t even require gamers to regularly validate their machines via the Net in order to continue play.
Conversely, Microsoft has added more limitations concerning who a player can buy second-hand titles from. The corporation has yet gone as far as to need Xbox One gamers to connect to the net once each day so as to use their machine.
According to Sony, there is approximately a hundred and forty PS4 games currently in progress, with one hundred or so expected to go on sale within the PS4’s initial year of issue. Industry insiders have speculated that Sony are trying to reach out to indie developers, particularly those that feel stifled by Microsoft.
Drawing an enormous cheer from the audience, Jack Tretton, boss of SEA stated, “PS4 won’t impose any new limitations 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 gaming fanatics, then Sony has won it hands down”.
The present Sony console, the PS3, outsold Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by a decent margin, but was consequently outsold by Nintendo’s Wii. It’s thought that Sony are trying to rectify this using the release of the PS4.
Sony’s announcement has been seen by some as a calculated hit against Microsoft, with IGN.com’s UK Editor-in-Chief Alex Simmons recounting it as a very public slap across Microsoft’s face.
Sony declined to provide a release date for the new console, but stoutly hinted that the PS4 ought to turn up around Christmas time.