Sony Won the Battle, but Microsoft Can Still Win the War

It may not have hired Justin Long and John Hodgman to roll out "I'm a Mac" ads, but it's doing something even more sneaky by hitting Mr. Softy below the belt.

Sony has been the unexpected star of this week's E3 expo. It not only moved to price its upcoming PS4 for $100 less than Microsoft's Xbox One, but it's laying into Microsoft's requirements that gamers perform periodic online check-ins to validate game ownership. It's also making it easier for gamers to trade in used games.

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doctorstrange1950d ago

Sure, but they just made it way harder for themselves

jaredhart1950d ago

Sure, they just lost Round 1, badly. This is a scheduled 9 round fight.

JokesOnYou1950d ago (Edited 1950d ago )

Well at E3 they showed they weren't lying about their investment in games. DRM has obviously been an issue. I suspected despite the hiccups X1 would do just fine especially now as more people learn about conveniences of things like its sharing policy, I think its going to be a very popular feature among gamers.

Transporter471950d ago

If you want to say by Battles how about Announcements Feb for PS4 destroyed MS reveal
then E3 Sony destroyed X1. so that's 2 fights they have lost in a row enough said.

mikeslemonade1950d ago

PS3 at $200 more and came out one year later still sold more than 360 last generation, so I don't see how they Microsoft has any chance to win this generation when Microsoft is $100 more to start off.

sinjonezp1950d ago

Really? I mean how many times we have to go through this. Wait for reveal, wait for e3, wait for 2 years. Gamers are blinded by what? That microsoft bought up third parties and spending a ton of money to help employ there ideas? Consumers will speak with there wallets, and hopefully that will ignite microsoft to adjust. I play all games. Gaming pc, ps3, vita, my kid has a 3ds, and I mostly play 360. I for one will not be picking up a X1 until Microsoft makes significant adjustments. I don't hate microsoft. I love windows phone 8 , I play the heck out of my 360, but people need to realize that these policies are methods of control. And who in their right mind would defend such bs? Unfortunately, ignorance is bliss.

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dedicatedtogamers1950d ago

Historically speaking, the most expensive console has never won the console war, never once. Historically speaking, a Microsoft console has never won the console war. Historically speaking, the console with the least 1st-party support has never won the console war. Historically speaking, a console has never had this much negative press surrounding it prior to launch.

Sure, maybe Xbox One really could "win the war", but, historically speaking, it's pretty dang unlikely.

dcbronco1950d ago

This is a very different generation. There will be a lot of other things that will play a part that gamers don't pay attention to. MS will have a lot of other supporters that will be there just because of the way One is designed. MS will win this generation by a mile. Sony may win with gamers. But they will lose the war.

badz1491950d ago

war against consumer rights?

yeah...that will end well! /s

Mounce1950d ago

Well, if Xbox 360 couldn't even win the war against the PS3 which was released 1 year earlier than it, was cheaper than it, grew a strong fanbase while PS3's architecture made it a pain for most developers to port games to it or develop any games to it.

And 360 still fell behind and didn't technically win the war against the PS3....

I'd really fucking be lying if I said Xbox One had any hope in 'Winning a War' against the PS4 when the fucking 360 couldn't win against the PS3 with all the hurdles Sony and the PS3 had to jump through during 2006-2007 and some of 2008 before the 'Years of Sony' came kicking in. . . . . How....justified of a name.

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jc485731950d ago

the only way Microsoft can win is by not buying xboxone and play the waiting game. I feel sorry for those picking the consoles at launch.

jaredhart1950d ago

This is what's happened so far:

NextGen24Gamer1950d ago

What if publishers price Xbox One games at lower price points than PS4 titles? It can happen. In fact, it should happen. If Xbox One discs are less valuable to gamers because they lack trade-in value, then the perceived value will be lower. Why can't software companies pass on those savings to the gamers in a move that will shift the value proposition of the Xbox One console itself?

What if they decide to only put out Xbox One versions of some titles? Each platform has its exclusives, but what if publishers begin holding back on one platform to favor the one where the margins will be higher?

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ltachiUchiha1950d ago

Goodluck with that. U really think devs will do that & miss out on an opportunity to make more money? Also go check xbl right now, if u own a ps3 & 360 & have ps plus & xbl, u will see the difference in prices of games. Steam is the only service that beats out ps plus in pricing but ps plus also offers free games so its a good step going forward.

pop-voxuli1950d ago (Edited 1950d ago )

Why in the blue hell would they want to sell 5000 copies of a game on a system that a scant few own and that prohibits resales when they could sell 5,000,000 copies on the system that damn near the entire world owns and that does not?
Sorry but the math checks out and publishers know it.

NextGen24Gamer1950d ago (Edited 1950d ago )

The Fanboys are the people like YOU who press disagree when I just quoted what the article stated. LOL...Silly Sony Boys are hoping against what the article states.

For me its common sense.

I have two xbox ones pre ordered and a ps4. All paid in FULL. I'm a fan alright. Fan of games and I actually spend my money and time playing them unlike half of the trolls on this site!

Comedy at its finest!

Let's see how many Trolls disagree! LOL...

Some of yall just don't understand how the industry works....Game developers don't get money when copies of their game are sold at 54.99 used. And if you seriously think that games will only sell 5000 copies on the xbox one, you are mentally challenged. Xbox has always SOLD MORE GAMES than Sony! That won't change. There can be 80 sony fans that troll this site voting disagree on anything postitive for the xbox one...but guess what? It's only 80 sony trolls that don't matter! The xbox One will sell 5 million consoles from launch and 7 to 10 million a year there after. Like it or not! Games like Halo, TitanFall, Call of Duty, Forza, Dead Rising, Gears of War, and Ryse will sell in the millions! Those are facts, and developers will love the xbox one and xbox one will continue to get the best games!

It's an exciting time to be a next gen gamer!!!!!

pop-voxuli1950d ago

Oh good lord.......

Anybody wanna take this one?

pop-voxuli1950d ago

OK, OK fact is there will be many times more PS4s sold than xbones ergo the publishers will want their games on and cater to the one that has the larger user base.

MysticStrummer1950d ago

"The Fanboys are the people like YOU who press disagree when I just quoted what the article stated." if it's impossible to disagree with the article.

"There can be 80 sony fans that troll this site voting disagree on anything postitive for the xbox one...but guess what? It's only 80 sony trolls that don't matter!"

dcbronco1950d ago

pop-voxuli I think you're wrong but that was funny as hell.

pop-voxuli1950d ago

@dcbronco fair enough! I dont expect everyone to agree with me, hell I'm glad some don't it'd get quite boring if everyone did. It's nice when someone who does not agree does it in a civil manner.

I just really enjoy calling out people who spout useless nonsense and declare it to be biblical truth..... like ^dude^ up there.

tarbis1950d ago

Whatever you're smoking. It's really strong.

bobtheimpaler1950d ago (Edited 1950d ago )

lol. What a great analytical mind you have. /s

Look on youtube and everywhere else on the internet. Believe it or not, but it's the gamers that buy the consoles early. No average joe in their right mind would pay $500 for a remote control that doubles as a surveilance device. Not with the advent of smart TVs, DVRs and set top boxes that do the same thing and much cheaper.

I was actually thinking about typing more about games...y'know about exclusives and multiplats and how they'll be better on the PS4 as well, but I realised you have poor taste in games anyway.

Get your head out of the clouds....Microsoft's farts aren't healthy for you.

Dape1949d ago

I dont think you are a something else I have to say!!! Way beyond...

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The_Truth_24_71950d ago (Edited 1950d ago )

Haven't you heard? The war is already over. Sony won.

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