Sony released some extremely interesting news at E3 2013! Those of you who have been trying to decide between the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One now have all the information you need to make this a super easy decision. Personally, I believe that the Sony PlayStation 4 is the winner in this situation. Here’s why:
Price: Sony PlayStation 4 will be released with a “holiday price” of $399.99. That’s $100.00 less than what the Microsoft Xbox One will be selling for.
Privacy: Sony PlayStation 4 doesn’t come with Kinect (or anything even remotely resembling it). I find the level of detail that Microsoft Xbox One can identify with Kinect to be creepy.
Internet Connection: Sony PlayStation 4 does not require you to check-in online in order to play a disc-based game. The console doesn’t require you to have it constantly connected to the internet.
The Microsoft Xbox One will require you to check-in online. If you don’t check in and authenticate in more than 24 hours the Microsoft Xbox One will stop working. This means you have to keep the console constantly connected to the internet, even if you are playing a disc-based game by yourself.
Used Games: Microsoft has allowed publishers to block access to used copies of games on the Microsoft Xbox One. This means that gamers cannot save a few dollars by purchasing a copy of a used game from a store. They would have no other option than to buy a new copy for full price. It also means that gamers cannot choose to share one of the games that they purchased with a friend.
Sony PlayStation 4, on the other hand, won’t place those restrictions on used copies of games. If you buy a disc-based game for the PS4, it is yours. You keep the rights to that copy of the game (and can give it to one of your friends if you want to). Your friend will be able to play the used copy of that game on his or her PS4. Here’s how: