Japanese tech giants Sony have announced the fourth instalment of the enormously admired Playstation series.
The games console, which was officially exposed at this year’s E3 Trade show in Los Angeles, California, have been ardently anticipated.
Though many of the console’s textures and upgrades were unveiled in February, Sony had kept potential consumers guessing on some crucial details, including the overall design of the PS4.
Andrew House, President and Group CEO of SCE, said the Playstation 4 represents, in some ways, a very new Playstation.
Perhaps the news which has most people discussing is the declaration the Playstation 4 will critically undercut its nearest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, on price. Mr. House unveiled the Playstation 4 is offered at US $399 (£349) upon release, whilst, at the exact same exhibition, Microsoft had earlier revealed how the Xbox One will be US $499 (£429).
One more vital declaration came when it is revealed that Sony wouldn’t be introducing any limitations on second user games. In fact, the Playstation 4 won’t even need players to frequently validate their machines via the Internet in order to continue play.
Conversely, Microsoft has added further restrictions regarding who a player can purchase second-hand titles from. The corporation has yet gone so far as to require Xbox One gamers to connect to the net once every day so they can use their machine.
According to Sony, there is approximately a hundred and forty PS4 games presently in development, with 100 roughly expected to go on sale within the Playstation 4’s initial year of issue. Trade insiders have speculated that Sony are attempting to reach out to indie designers, particularly those who feel stifled by Microsoft.
Drawing an enormous cheer from the audience, Jack Tretton, boss of Sony Entertainment America stated, “PS4 won’t impose any new restrictions on your use of PS4 game discs,”
BBC correspondent Dave Lee reported that, “If console battles were decided through the frequency and volume of whoops and cheers from excitable games fanatics, then Sony has won it hands down”.
The present Sony machine, the PS3, outsold Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by a good margin, but was consequently outsold by Nintendo’s Wii. It is consideration that Sony are trying to rectify this using the release of the PS4.
Sony’s announcement has been seen by some as 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 provide a release date for their new console, but strongly hinted the PS4 ought to arrive around Christmas time.