LOS ANGELES – Sony Interactive Entertainment on Monday said its keenly awaited PlayStation virtual reality headset will hit the market on Oct. 13 as rival Microsoft unveiled a leaner Xbox One model and a lineup of coming games. In separate press events on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game extravaganza in Los Angeles, Sony Interactive Entertainment worldwide studios Chairman Shawn Layden proclaimed a "seminal moment" in virtual reality as he confirmed the release date for the keenly-awaited VR headset, priced at 399, or about 42,000. Meanwhile, Xbox team head Phil Spencer used its event to introduce the Xbox One S that will be priced at 299 when it hits the market in August. "This is just the beginning," Spencer said. "We see opportunities on the horizon."
"We want to move beyond the traditional console generations -- the traditional 10 years, throw it all out, start over again," said Microsoft's Mike Nichols, corporate vice president of Xbox marketing. The Wii U never had the power of the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, and has the distinction of being Nintendo's poorest-selling console, having moved just 12.8 million units (the Wii, by comparison, sold more than 101 million copies). Though devices such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have a high barrier to entry, requiring pricey home computer set-ups, Sony will in October release its PlayStation VR, which retails at a base level of 399 and is compatible with the PlayStation 4, of which more than 40 million units have been sold. Ubisoft is publishing the cooperative "Star Trek Bridge Crew" to all major VR devices, and Warner Bros. is bring bringing "Batman Arkahm VR" to Sony's platform.
What gaming hardware will rule the roost in 2017? It is impossible to say for sure, but findings from the latest edition of the annual State of the Industry Survey by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) offers some insight. Over 4,500 game developers participated in the survey, whose findings were shared with International Business Times, and the hardware trends seemed quite clear. Nintendo's upcoming console, Switch, was largely met with enthusiasm, with almost 50 percent of developers saying they believed it would outsell Nintendo's currently most popular console, the Wii U, which has sold about 13 million units worldwide. Only 14 percent thought Switch would sell less than the Wii U, while the rest were unsure.
LOS ANGELES – Microsoft on Sunday unveiled Xbox One X -- billing it as the most powerful video console ever made, and escalating a battle with market king PlayStation. The $499 product was built with the muscle for seamless play on ultra-high definition 4K televisions and will be available worldwide on Nov. 7, according to Xbox team leader Phil Spencer. He introduced the much anticipated Xbox One X, called Scorpio during development, at a Microsoft event ahead of the official opening of the major Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Aiming at the hearts of gamers, Microsoft also showed off 42 coming games, with 22 titles being tailored for exclusive play on Xbox One consoles. Independent publishers tend to make blockbuster titles available for play on Xbox, PlayStation and personal computer hardware in an effort to sell creations to as broad an audience as possible.
LOS ANGELES – Sony on Monday showed off rich, action-packed new PlayStation 4 video games, some for virtual reality, as it defended its crown as the top-selling new-generation console. The company focused on blockbuster games and intriguing new titles for PS4 at a press event on the eve of the opening of the major Electronic Entertainment Expo here. There was no mention of the Xbox One X console unveiled a day earlier by rival Microsoft in a heightened challenge to PS4. "PlayStation is home to all the biggest and best game franchises in the world," Sony Interactive Entertainment worldwide studios chairman Shawn Layden said during a rapid-fire presentation of video trailers. The line-up included the first "Uncharted" game to feature a heroine in place of the "Nathan Drake" hero, a "God of War" sequel with a mighty father-son theme, and a pulse-pounding title starring "Spiderman" of Marvel Comics fame. The event also unveiled a version of the hit fantasy role-playing game "Skyrim" tailored for play on PlayStation virtual reality gear.