So to take in all the excitement of the last few days and looking at the E3 presentations which both had their merits; but the biggest and most deadly blows came from the Sony camp. Microsoft were all about showcasing games, thanks to a closer proximity to their console reveal in May. But omitted details and speak in favour of merely offering the core essence of what gamers want…Games! This worked well and showed a distinct commitment to providing some quality content for the Xbox One.
Sony on the other hand had plenty to say about its PS4 console and policy, which was a given; however the greatest right hook came when the pricing was announced putting Sony well ahead on points at this juncture. PS4 will Retail in the US at $399 whereas the Xbox One will be $499. This difference whilst on the surface might be quite large, is perhaps enough to sway casual consumers as well as those not seeing the distinct advantages one has other the other before purchasing. It’s obvious these consoles will sell out as soon as they are released, but when the real battles begin, post launch is where those numbers will count. Take a look at this video which looks at the Xbox One price versus PS4 price.
It will be interesting to see how Microsoft can recover as price is the core most element which affects sales and adoption rates of any software. Microsoft will really have to show (aside from its killer line-up of games) why paying a little more is much better in the longer term. Sony takes this round easily, but there’s obviously a lot more to come between now and November when more deals and offerings might change the outcome.