E3 2013 – Sony PlayStation 4 Event Wins the Console War

Sony Playstation 4
Let’s get the critical stuff out of the way first. The PlayStation 4 just won this generation’s console war against primary opponent Xbox One:

  • No restrictions on used games.
  • No need to be online to play.
  • No online checking in.
  • PS+ membership carries over to PS4.
  • PS Plus Instant Game Collection. A free game each month, and the first game is Driveclub.
  • $399, releases before the end of the year. No more specific date was given.

It’s a point by point reaction to everything gamers hate about Microsoft’s Xbox One release.

Regarding used games and sharing, Sony was kind enough to release an instructional video on the subject.

Move over, Microsoft. The One is done.

Most of the rest of the event was a succession of games coming out for both the PS4 and the PS3, many known from their February event.

PS3

  • The Last of Us
  • Puppeteer
  • rain
  • Beyond Two Souls
  • Gran Turismo 6
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • And finally, a Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3 bundle will be coming in 2014 for  $299.

PS4

Set-Top Features

  • Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited available on PS4 from day 1.
  • Netflix
  • New services. Redbox Instant
  • Flixster

PS4 Games

  • The Order: 1886
  • Killzone: Shadowfall
  • Driveclub
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Knack
  • The Dark Sorcerer was shown with an awesome tech demo. This was the incredibly detailed old man character from the February event.
  • Diablo 3 for PS3 and PS4
  • Final Fantasy XV (Was Final Fantasy Versus XIII)
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
  • Watch Dogs
  • NBA 2K14
  • The Elder Scrolls Online, with the announcement of a PS4-exclusive beta.
  • Mad Max
  • Bungie’s Destiny Multiplayer Co-Op gameplay was shown off.

They gave a fair bit of attention to indie developers too, showcasing several indie titles.

  • Don’t Starve
  • Transistor
  • Octodad
  • Oddword: New ‘n Tasty

They also talked briefly about Gaikai, the online game streaming service that Sony can use to make their vast back-library of games available on not just the PS4, but many devices you might have. This puts yet another nail in the Xbox One coffin, as it’s a real workaround to the problem of backwards compatibility.

I don’t know about you guys, but my brain is still spinning after that event. What do you think? Are you leaning Microsoft or Sony after today? Or are you on another side entirely? I don’t see how Nintendo can follow this, but maybe you’re still siding with the Wii U. Let us know in the comments!

(Image via CNet)

Comments

  1. Oswald Mokgoko says

    It’s looks great and I would like to own one especially with that joystick.

  2. says

    knowing Sony, there will be a catch.. like how its a bitch trying to get my videos to stream from pc to my sony bravia.. they always screw up somewhere.

    still seems better than the “One”

    and epic troll with that instructional video :)

  3. Dan says

    PlayStation won in a big way today. Congrats to them finally. Haven’t been this excited since the PS2

  4. Ryan says

    Really? Sony won the console war? The two consoles aren’t even out yet and no one has played them. PS will be charging for multiplayer now, funny they left that out during the conference. Plus, Microsoft has said they are NOT charging licensing fees, only that third party developers MIGHT. Way too early to declare a winner.

    • Luke says

      Funny, actually if you watched the conference they did mention PS Plus was required for online multiplayer. However, Microsoft has been requiring Xbox LIve since 2005, or did you forget that? Also Xbox LIve is required even to access services such as netflix. You can still access netflix on ps4 even without PS Plus. Also PS Plus gives free games each month, reduced games, a load of other services that make it worth a whole lot more than the 50 dollars a year that they charge. So ya get your facts straight.

  5. R. Moose says

    Microsoft could admit defeat and then blow Sony out of the water.

    Backtrack on DRM (it is only software on the XBOX One)
    Give a year of XBOX Live with each console and/or reduce the price.

    To play online multiplayer on PS4 the PSN+ is required.

  6. Stephen says

    Yeah, they pretty much did exactly what they needed to do; which is rare, because it’s Sony.
    They won.

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