It almost seems like the next generation console war is over before it has even begun. Microsoft has shot itself in the foot with the Xbox One: high price, region locked games, restricted game sharing and to be connected to the internet once every 24 hours.
The PlayStation 4 has the upper hand, it seems, and Sony’s E3 conference sealed the deal. Come November, do you pick a $499 console which restricts how you play the games you’ve bought or a $399 rival that doesn’t? We’ll look at this battle in more detail in this article and who ultimately wins.
Xbox 360 Vs PlayStation 3
The PlayStation 2 is Sony’s most successful console ever, having sold over 150 million consoles worldwide. It dwarfed its rivals at the time – the Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Gamecube – dominating living rooms for years to come. Microsoft released the Xbox 360 in 2005, stealing Sony’s thunder and gaining a head-start on the PlayStation 3. It’s sold over 77 million worldwide.
Microsoft is quite clearly trying to emulate the 360′s success with the Xbox One. The slick E3 presentation had a strong focus on games – Metal Gear Solid V, Halo 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct and Sunset Overdrive. They perhaps thought this would make up for its somewhat draconian policies surrounding used games. How wrong they were.
How Microsoft has handed Sony the keys to the next generation
Jack Tretton used Microsoft’s mistakes to gain the advantage. The PlayStation 4 has no region locking, can play used games and doesn’t require you to connect to the internet once every 24 hours. Yes, you do need to sign up for PS Plus to play online multiplayer but that is a small price to pay. Unlike the Xbox One, the disc is yours to do with as you please.
Microsoft has quite clearly fallen foul of gamers and needs to turn things around to avoid another Zune-like disaster. You can download two free games a month with Xbox Live Gold and the Xbox One will let you share your games with up to ten family members, irrespective of where they live. These are good features that can help but the company needs to do more.
It also needs to communicate better with gamers. You can trade used games at “participating retailers” but it will be up to the publishers discretion as to whether they will work on the Xbox One. Clarity is needed on this front.
At the moment, my vote is for Sony. It has a great range of games coming to the PlayStation 4 and the lack of used game restrictions makes it a winner.
Check out the official PS4 step-by-step guide to lending games to your friends after the jump