I think what Microsoft (and by extension Griffin’s article) was trying to explain in too many words is that the Xbox One will have Feats of Strength like Blizzard games do. Terrific! These are especially fun.
While I didn’t follow all the news super closely, I skimmed a lot of article titles and read some posts about E3. Of course, Reddit and Facebook couldn’t keep quiet either. Here’s what I took from the announcements.
Microsoft didn’t alleviate any fears about DRM or used games. Games must be installed, publishers could allow you to loan it to one and only friend if they’ve been on your friend list for 30 days, publishers could allow you to resell it to authorized resellers, and you must be online once every 24 hours to play games at all. Publishers could blog trading and reselling entirely. Boo!
The Xbox One will also allow you to stream gaming like the PS4 (but using Twitch.tv). Yay!
Xbox Live Gold members will get two free games per month.
The Xbox One will retail for $499.99.
The Playstation 4 will allow you to sell games to resellers or another person. You can lend your games. Super yay!
Playstation Plus required for online play on the PS4. Boo!
The Playstation 4 will retail for$399.99.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a new third-person shooter in the PvZ universe. The trailer made fun of Modern Warfare and similar games. Yay!
The Order: 1886 is a steampunk-looking exclusive for PS4 that looks really awesome from the teaser trailer. Yay!
Mirror’s Edge 2 announced for XBO, PS4, and PC. Yay!
Mirror’s Edge 2 is a reboot with new introduction story for Faith! Boo!
Not a lot of big reveals, but I’m glad Sony confirmed being the good guys. In my opinion, the console wars are over for this generation. The PS4 is significantly better and only four-fifths the price. Other games were announced, but Garden Warfare, The Order: 1886, and Mirror’s Edge 2 are all games that interest me. I love the look of The Order: 1886, but it’s too early to know much for sure. I feel sort of relieved hearing Sony’s announcements about the PS4. It’s nice to know the difference, especially when it seems so clear-cut in my mind.