Playstation 4 throws down gauntlet, to launch at $399
Sony goes for the kill.
There’s no question what happened during Sony’s E3 press conference Monday night. They went for Microsoft’s throat, in a big way. Not only did Sony undercut the Xbox One’s price by $100, they made a point of spelling out their policy regarding used games, lending to friends, and online check-in DRM.
For the Playstation 4, there will be no check-in to servers, no restrictions on buy or trading in used games, and no restrictions on giving or lending to friends. Basically, it’s your game, do what you want with it is the attitude they are taking. Frankly, it’s a good attitude for them to have. Though the cynic in me says they’re doing this just for brownie points and to differentiate themselves from Microsoft. Still, you can’t say it’s a bad thing, when it’s exactly what many gamers want.
Of course, quite a few games were announced along with the Xbox beatdown. So let’s take a look at some of the titles I found most interesting.
The Order 1886
This was a hell of a title to start off with, not for being some big well known thing, but for it looking just so damn cool! Going by the trailer this appears to be a London set game, in an alternate, steampunkish looking universe. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on here, but I want more of it!
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
Yes, it is yet another Assassin’s Creed game. Is the series getting a bit tired, maybe. Though for me, the last game had me pulled in more than any of it’s predecessors, so this is a game I do plan on picking up in some form or another. It looks like we can expect the usual Assassin’s Creed type gameplay from this installment, with even more of the sea battles that we got in AC3, which was one of my favorite parts.
This game really has my interest as something unique and different. From what I’ve seen, there’s just a little bit of Grand Theft Auto here, with the whole large open world, but everything that’s going on with the hacking and causing blackouts and all the stuff you do with your smartphone in the game, it really has my interest.
The people that created Halo (of which I was never really a fan), are creating an MMO FPS that may actually work, unlike previous attempts I’ve seen. The first time I saw anything about this, I wasn’t too impressed. I’ve got to say though, what I saw during the E3 stream has made me think twice. The visuals and art style look better to me now, and the game looks like it could be a lot of fun. If I do pick up a PS4, I could see myself purchasing this title. A lot of that decision would depend on if my friends pick it up as well though.
All in all, with everything I’ve seen, I have to say I’m leaning towards the Playstation 4 as the console to purchase for me. They’re both gonna have roughly the same games, with some exceptions of course. They both should have the same media features that I’m looking for, with Netflix and Youtube and all that good stuff. From what I understand they’ll be roughly equal on hardware. But the PS4 is a hundred dollars cheaper. That pretty well makes the decision for me.
The only thing that could change my mind is if all my friends go Xbox. Cause I obviously want to be able to play with them, but we’ll see what happens. I have to say I came away from the Sony press conference a lot more excited than I did from the Microsoft event.