Microsoft has handed Sony the keys to the next generation

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Microsoft started off this year’s E3 with a bit of a whimper. They kept to their promises and showed off nothing but games – and for a while, it seemed like they were killing it. Metal Gear Solid 5, Dead Rising 3 and a new Killer Instinct got it off to a good start – but then they skirted around the DRM issue, and finally, revealed a launch price for their new console, the Xbox one. It’ll be released at a price of $499.

As our local pricing is generally more based off UK pricing – which is £429 – we can expect to pay about R6499 for the thing when it releases here, probably next year. The biggest issue with that price it it certainly feels like there’s a $100 surcharge for that damned Kinect unit that nobody really wants but is mandatory for the system anyway.

Compare that to Sony’s PlayStation 4 which will launch at $399 or £349 – which means we can realistically expect it to retail locally for about R5299. that’s nearly a R1500 difference – and it’s all the difference in the world.

And that’s just the pricing. One of Sony’s big salvos at its conference was the reassurance that their system would not impose any DRM or used game restrictions at all, whatsoever – not even the publisher mandated stuff previously rumoured.  Sony even released this cheeky instructional video just moments after their conference.

Lastly – while Microsoft’s expanding its Xbox Live gold service to start giving out free games like PlayStation Plus, the inaugural games are Halo 3, and Assassin’s Creed two.  Yeah, those old games you could probably pick up for half a ham sandwich if you really looked. Sony, on the other hand, gives away brand new games on its service – and will be giving away PS4 games with the system’s launch.

Yup, that’s Microsoft XBowned. And honestly? it’s all their own fault.

Last Updated: June 11, 2013

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