You may remember back in May last year, Microsoft revealed the Xbox One, which was received with comic memes that spread faster than pictures of Miley Cyrus all over the internet. This was followed by an arguably even worse E3 for Xbox in July. Shortly after Xbox’s E3 conference, parodies of the it appeared everywhere, and rightly so. It had DRM, an always-on Kinect camera, and a much higher price tag. This led to a massive wave of Xbox owners turning to Sony and their wonder-box, known as the PS4. Since then, questions were asked of the console war and whether Sony had already claimed victory. These are my opinions on the matter.
As soon as Sony revealed their console a year ago in February, I pre-ordered it, knowing it would be received by huge demand. I was right. And this demand was only increased following the Xbox One’s abomination of a reveal. This brings me on nicely to my first point. It was recently revealed by Sony that their PS4 consoles were outselling Xbox Ones in North America at an astonishing ratio of 2:1 (i.e. for every Xbox One sold, there were two PS4s sold). This means that there are many more people to found online on a PS4 system, as opposed to an Xbox One. And, as with many things: the more, the merrier.
Secondly, Sony spent a lot of time talking to game developers and building the PS4 to suit them. This means that game developers and publishers tend to agree that Sony’s console is easier to develop for than Microsoft’s. This not only means that developers and large studios prefer making games for the PS4, but also that indie developers can create and develop their games quicker and easier on the PS4. Now, a year or two ago, I was always wary of indie-made games. I thought they were abstract and, more often than not, weird (not in a good way). This is no longer the case, and they can only get better with the financial and hands-on help of Sony.
Finally, Sony was heavily criticized for having a launch line-up of games for the PS4 that felt lacking. To be fair, this is true, with the biggest games for the PS4 being third-party (i.e. they were available on other platforms). However, you only have to look into the very near future to realise that the PS4 has some fantastic, Game of the Year-worthy titles arriving, including: Uncharted, Driveclub, inFamous: Second Son, and Metal Gear Solid V. This, in conjunction with the fact that the PS4 is more powerful than its rival, will pull true gamers towards this system.
Overall, Sony, in my opinion, had already won the console war as soon as Microsoft announced the Xbox One. They had gamers and developers on their side right from the start, and I’m pleased to say I was one of them.
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