Wow. After all the ranting I did over Microsoft’s and EA’s pressers, I wasn’t expecting this. Sony pulled out of no where and just killed the competition. Seriously. I was ready to just say, hey some great games, nothing much else. But that was nothing compared to the last 10 minutes. Sony just took Microsoft to town. Here is a list of all the things that the PS4 will do that the XBone won’t:
- Play used games without restriction
- Allow lending and renting
- No online requirement
- No online authorizations
- Comes with a $399 price tag
Just watch this instructional video for sharing games on the PS4:
- Final Fantasy 15
- Kingdom Hearts 3
- Infamous Second Son
- And tons and tons of indie game.
Speaking of indie games. That is another thing that Sony does that Microsoft doesn’t. Sony allows indies to self publish their games to PSN. Microsoft requires indies to find a publishing partner in order to sell their games. Looks like indies will be frequenting Sony a bit more often now. In fact, Sony has already wooed over Supergiant Games, the makers of Bastion and the upcoming Transistor.
If I was to find fault with Sony, I would have to fall on this. The console design seems rather uninspired, but unique. Additionally, the controller was redesigned and no longer has that iconic Dualshock design. Not sure if I like that. Also, you will have to be PS+ subscriber to get access to online multiplayer now. That is a big change and one some gamers not be too happy about. But with all the other positives, those seems rather small.
I may just have to get one of these PS4s.