Brand loyalists for Sony and Microsoft created a console war when the original Xbox was released and Sony was moving PlayStation 2 units freely. Since then, these imaginary wars have escalated to the point where the console manufacturers themselves have gotten into verbal jabs to pour more fuel on the fire. Last generation Microsoft managed to make up a tremendous amount of ground on Sony when it came to world market share but eventually fell to the reigning champ late in the life cycle. Though some of you may give this victory to Nintendo, none of the three companies consider Nintendo in the same console war as Sony and Microsoft.
As we creep closer to November 15th and the release of PlayStaton 4, the console wars are going to once again heat up and it’s going to be brand loyalists doing most of the in-house fighting. However, unlike this past generation where Microsoft made up a significant amount of ground, we’re expecting Sony to create more distance between the two than there already is.
We’ve come to this conclusion based on the following five factors:
Everyone knows and appreciates that Sony has marketed the PlayStation 4 at $100 cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One. However, but what a lot of people aren’t taking into account is the long game of this approach. Sony launching at $399 compared to Microsoft’s $499 allows Sony to win over the course of several years. Microsoft has no plans to release an Xbox One without Kinect, so that $100 price differential is going to last a long time. While both companies will figure out ways to cut costs and release hardware revisions, Sony is always going to be able to push its price cut lower than Microsoft’s until we’re all 4-5 years down the line. The only way Microsoft can conceivable undercut or match Sony is if they were to release the console without Kinect, and that’s not going to happen.
Microsoft has dominated this past generation with a ton of great indie titles either in a timed exclusive way like Braid and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons or total exclusives like Monaco. Sony had its fair share of indie titles as well, but it couldn’t really compete when it came down to the exclusivity of it all. This time around, Sony is showing independent developers a ridiculous amount of love and in return, PlayStation owners are going to reap the benefits of owning the PS4. If we’re being perfectly honest, not enough gamers understand how great of a value it is to pick up a couple of $4.99-$14.99 titles in between all of the $60 games being released. Take advantage of these great values — the games may only run 3-6 hours in length, but there is a good chance you’ll enjoy every moment of it.
Gamers have already realized how amazing PlayStation Plus is and it’s only going to get better as the PlayStation 4 starts to circulate around the globe. It’s easy to see the value you get back for your money — hell, it’s quite possible that if you don’t mind playing titles a little late, you will never need to buy another game again so long as you have PS+. That’s one hell of a bargain. Microsoft is just barely starting to understand how powerful this feature is for Sony, and the only thing it’s really done to combat it is to offer 5-year old titles that not too many people are really too interested in. Sony is undoubtedly going to use this to its advantage and continue to give gamers an onslaught of games to play as time passes.