E3 (or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, for those of you afraid of acronyms) is one of the year’s biggest galas for videogame and computer technology, showcasing the latest in new technology and upcoming releases. It’s a chance for all the big names to strut their stuff in front of press, sponsors and industry professionals. Millions of people are also watching the show through media-outlets and listening in to live broadcasts. Of course, that also means it’s the biggest stage for them to be booed from as well.
Right off the bat, Sony have unveiled the actual console part of their video-games console, the Playstation 4. To go along with it, a lovely little video that puts a great big hole in the HMS Xbox One just below the waterline. Take a look after the jump…
Oh dear, was it really that easy to win the Great Console War of ’13? Apparently so. Eagle-eyed viewers may spot in the fine-print that PS4 multiplayer will require an internet connection and PS Plus subscription. That’s mildly annoying, but as Microsoft have been using Xbox Live for years, it’s nothing new. Plus, the added income may result in a more robust, well-maintained multiplayer experience.
Speaking of online connections, the second biggest bone of contention with the Xbone was the necessity for being online once every 24 hours. The final nail in their coffin came when Sony announced that the PS4 would not need an internet connection to run at all. As Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida states:
“Oh yes, yes, you can go offline totally. Social is big for us, but we understand there are some people who are anti-social! So if you don’t want to connect to anyone else, you can do that.”
So, while not entirely scuppered, the Xbox One sure seems to be taking on a lot of water (OK, no more nautical references.) Sony seems to have the upper-hand in terms of public opinion, at least. Now we just need to see the line up of games coming out for each console (something Microsoft keep assuring us will happen, but we’ve yet to really see.)
Now, without further ado – the Playstation 4 console, ahoy! (Sorry…)