We talked about it since the original reveal of PS4 features and games, we carried on talking about it when Microsoft showed us the Xbox One and we’ve been talking about it off and on until yesterday: which would come out on top at E3, the Xbox One or the PS4? Going in, Sony had a little bit of a lead in terms of popularity, by not announcing any plans for used games or online activation, as Microsoft had, while the Xbox One had a little bit of a lead in terms of gameplay. Now though the winner is clear, it’s Sony.
As good as some of the games Microsoft had on offer did look, with its new AI developments in Forza 5, or the impressive open world of Dead Rising 3, it just doesn’t top Sony’s big announcements, which funnily enough, weren’t game related. It’s been described by some, as the moment Sony Won E3 and it’s easy to see why when you hear the fan’s reaction to the news that Sony won’t restrict used game sales on the PS4 and that it wouldn’t require online activation to play.[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ-To7WJyWs’]
While Sony had initially mulled over features that might have affected used games – rumours were abound before official announcements – Sony clearly listened to fans that were angered by Microsoft’s crack down on the used market. Sony took everything the Xbox was doing wrong, by ignoring its customer base, and showed that it listens. It had already managed to court developers by giving them the improved PC like architecture for the internal PS4 hardware, now Sony had the public on its side too.
If there was any hint that Sony wasn’t doing this all deliberately to get a leg up on its competitors, Sony also released this mocking video:[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSIFh8ICaA&’]
And if that wasn’t enough, the PS4 will be nearly £100 cheaper than the Xbox One.
KitGuru Says: So what do you think guys? Did Sony win E3 in your eyes, or can you look past Microsoft’s blunders and see the games as the defining moment of the show?