Xbox One vs PS4 Release Date, Specs, Price, News: Battle of the Brands [UPDATE]
Sony and Microsoft are preparing for the duel of the year this fall where both companies will release ther video game consoles.
As previously reported, Sony's Playstation 4 will arrive in the U.S. and Canada on November 15th, and Europe on November 29th. The Playstation 4 will also have Blu-ray and DVD capabilities, game DVR, 8GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, cloud storage, cross game chat capabilities, live streaming, and Bluetooth 2.1.
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The Playstation 4 will launch in Japan on February 22nd, 2014 and will cost 39,980 Yen with a DualShock 4 controller.
The Xbox One will come with a Kinect 2.0, which costs $150 on its own. Meanwhile, the Playstation 4 is offering a bundle package for $499 - the same price as the Xbox One - which would include a Jet Black 500 GB Playstation 4 console, Killzone: Shadow Fall, the Playstation 4 Camera, and two DualShock 4 controllers.
Xbox One will have Blu-ray and DVD capabilities, game DVR, 8GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, cloud storage, external storage, mandatory game installs, cross game chat capabilities, voice commands, and live-streaming.
The initial marketing push, according to USA Today, is already heavy, where Sony is partnered with Taco Bell. This Thursday, Taco Bell will give $5 buck Box Combo meal with codes that consumers may text to earn the chance of winning one of 4,00 consoles before launch as well as a year subscription to online service Play Station Plus and a game.
Microsoft, on the other hand, will be working with Doritos and Mountain Dew to get the One on hand before its official release date. The contest, called "Every 2 Minutes" requires each consumer to buy Mountain Dew or Doritos products, then use the points online in an auction to win an Xbox One.
Electronic Entertainment Design and Research analyst Jesse Divnich expects this season to be "among the biggest on record" for hardware sales. "The fact that both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One pre-orders are currently sold out, two full months before launch, speaks to the high level of demand that currently exists for these consoles."
Both consoles are expected to do well, even with the introduction of new tablets and smartphones happening around the same time. In fact, a survey from NPD finds that kids are playing on their mobile devices nearly as much as they are on consoles, but these major consoles shouldn't find a reason to worry.
"Console gamers are still with us and they've certainly not permanently migrated to other forms of gaming," researcher Jesse Divinich of Electronic Entertainment Design said.