Sony's Playstation 4 press announcement at E3 last night was in stark contrast to Microsoft's recent announcement that their Xbox One would come layered with all manner of DRM
to tightly control the sale of games, while (for now) banning outright the rental of them. Microsoft also annoyed users by announcing the Xbox One needed to check in online at least once a day -- or even entirely offline titles simply won't function.
In contrast Sony announced that the Playstation 4
will offer downloadable titles, but Sony will still offer traditional support for the sale, trade and rental of disc-based copies -- the latter of which is great news for companies like RedBox and GameFly. Sony also stated than unlike the Xbox One, the PS4 will not need to check in online with the Sony mothership in order to play offline titles.
These announcements received a standing ovation
and an unprecedented reaction from E3 attendees, suggesting Sony may have just won the opening round of the next-generation console battle.
That success will still however be partially dependent on titles, and Sony announced several exclusives including Killzone: Shadow Fall, DriveClub, The Order: 1886, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III, and Knack.
Unlike Sony's recent introduction of the console, the company also actually showed what the device will look like
. It wasn't all roses and sunshine -- Sony did finally follow Microsoft's lead and announce that users will need to pay for a Playstation Plus subscription for $50 a year if they want to enjoy online gaming.
The Playstation 4 is expected to arrive "this holiday season" for $399.