Sony has used its PS4 release date announcement to mock its bitter gaming rival Microsoft, kicking the next-gen gaming war into overdrive.
With both the PS4 and Xbox One set to hit retailers this November, Sony has looked to gain the upper hand over its leading rival, taking a dig at Microsoft and its Xbox 360 follow-on while unveiling new details of its own next-gen console.
“2013 is the year when interactive entertainment takes a massive leap forward with the launch of the PS4,” Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment said during the Gamescom 2013 press conference. “We have built a system of unprecedented power.”
He added: “PS4 embraces our always connected world. While others have shifted their message and changed their story, we were consistent in remaining a policy that is fair and in tune with consumer desires.”
Although failing to mention Microsoft and Xbox One by name, House’s thinly veiled criticism follows a series of outrage enforced backtracks from its leading rival.
With Microsoft originally planning to enforce an always-on Kinect and daily online check-in limitations and ban pre-owned games and disc based game loans without paying an additional fee, disgruntled gamers have forced the company into a series of policy reversals.
Having undermined its challenger, Sony turned its attentions to praising its own console and finally confirming the PS4 release date.
“You made it clear that you are excited about this platform with more than 1 million pre-orders worldwide,” House stated while speaking in Cologne, Germany.
He went on to add: “PlayStation 4 will be launching in 32 countries this holiday season and will be made available in North America on the 15th of November and in Europe on the 29th of November.”
In an issue hit pre-release period for its next-gen console, Microsoft last week confirmed that the Xbox One release date would be delayed in eight of the 21 launch countries.
“Launch volumes are not really an issue. This was simply a software issue in terms of getting local language and voice support in the dash”, Microsoft’s Director of Marketing Albert Penello said. “It’s pretty straightforward, but disappointing I know for people who are missing launch.”
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