Sony Clearly Wins This Generation’s Console Wars
If you watched Sony’s E3 Press Conference this year, you probably saw that the electronics company thoroughly demolished Microsoft in the next-generation console wars months before their new consoles have even been released. And Sony did all of this by offering no new features or innovations. It seems hard to believe, but here’s how the launch of the new Microsoft Xbox, called the Xbox One, or Xbone is going to be a horrible miscarriage that could cost the company hundreds of millions.
The new Xbox requires an internet connection.You don’t have to be connected 24/7, but you do have to connect the console to Microsoft’s servers at least once every 24hrs in order to run a system check to prevent piracy. This means that the millions of people that do not have internet will not be able to play with the Xbox One.
No Used Games. The newest generation of Xbox games will be licensed to you and to you only. You will not be able to buy used game discs because they will have a one-time license tied to the original purchaser. Also,you will not be able to share or trade games with your friends, and you won’t be able to resell the games when you’re done with them.
Region-locked with a Delayed Worldwide Release. The Xbox One won’t be released in most of Asia until a year after it comes out in the U.S., not only that, but each console will be region locked, meaning you won’t be able to play a U.S. Xbox or Xbox One Games in Asia and Europe and vice versa. The release date for Xbox One in Japan hasn’t even been announced yet.
Hello Big Brother. You must use the Kinect. The Kinect is a 3D camera that comes bundled with the Xbox One that can be used as a motion-capture controller and video-interactivity device. The main problem here is that Microsoft was one of the companies named in the recently leaked NSA internet wiretapping scandal as allowing “backdoors” in their software for the use of government agents. Not surprisingly, people object to putting a camera in their living room that might be connected to the servers of the FBI, CIA, and NSA.
When Sony held their press conference at E3 all they had to do was announce that the Playstation 4 (PS4) would allow used games, not require and internet connection, be region free, and not require you to set up an internet connected camera in your living room and people cheered wildly. This is the world we live in now. When every company is locking down their technology with proprietary security measures, all it takes is one company to offer no region-coding, and no DRM (Digital Rights Management) and it comes out as the clear choice for consumers.
The Playstation 4 is already on sale through Amazon.com. Check out a trailer for the PS4 Tom Clancy game The Division below: