Sony lands the first big blows in the next-generation showdown with Microsoft – can its games rival still turn things around?
In the end it was like the climax of a Rocky film. Two tired, ageing pugilists, circling each other in the ring, before one spots the other’s weakness and pummels it, bringing the exhausted opponent to his knees.
Jack Tretton, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, delivered his final crushing blows with the relish of a true showman: PlayStation 4 will not limit the exchange or selling on of its games and it will not require a daily internet connection. Then Andrew House tag-teamed in to finish off: PS4 will be $100 cheaper than Xbox One. Microsoft has twisted itself into tortuous circles attempting to explain the labyrinthine restrictions it will place on the pre-owned games market; Sony sought to pulverise that business model. Tretton’s assurances on sharing and selling games roused the loudest cheers of the day in Los Angeles – which in many ways is a damning indictment of far more than Microsoft’s DRM policies.