One of the biggest news this week was the announcement of PlayStation 4. Sony was ridiculed for its controversial announcement of the PS4 without even revealing the device, specifications or the price.
But it’s Sony that has the last laugh.
The delay allowed Sony to pull ahead of rival Microsoft in terms of popularity among gamers. Sony’s decision to allow sharing of games and offline gaming was a master stroke. Microsoft’s Xbox One will restrict the resale of games and will require users to be online at least once every 24 hours.
It doesn’t matter if Sony planned to pursue this gaming model all along, or it noted the displeasure in the gaming community towards Microsoft’s stance and changed its plans. Sony has won this round.
“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.” – Sun Tzu
I find it unlikely that Microsoft will back track on the two policies. Microsoft also highlighted that consumers can choose an offline model, and seems to have delayed the Xbox One in Asia by a year in light of Sony’s announcements. If it doesn’t budge, then it would have to find other ways to attract gamers, especially those that it would potentially lose to PS4.
That the PS 4 would be $100 cheaper than the Xbox One simply further dents the Microsoft’s chances.
As a Final Fantasy fan, my mind is more or less made up.