One of the on-going grumblings gamers have had with Microsoft's Xbox One is the fear of a "game-sharing fee," which Microsoft said today it will essentially put in the hands of publishers. It's something a lot of us can identify with because it's a part of the culture of gaming. For example, three months back I paid $60 for a copy of Bioshock Infinite. Entralled by it, my geeky video-game playing co-worker, Andy, asked if he could borrow it when I'm done. Because I'm a human being, I said, "Sure, play it!" after beating it and handed it over to him without asking him to pay me for something I already went out of pocket for. I didn't sell it to him to own, I leant it to him to borrow. If I asked for it back for whatever reason, I'm sure he would give it to me. You know, simple sharing we learn at age 3. It would essentially be a fucked up, greedy, and creepy for me to ask him to pay me for the time he has it. People share, not just transact.
After years of getting nickle and dimed by Microsoft (...you really still need Xbox Gold to watch Netflix? da fuck?), many gamers feared Microsoft was going to figure out a way to profit on this very natural, very human person-to-person video game transaction. Essentially, the fear was that they'd add on some sort of sharing license fees. For those of us who grew up blowing the dust out of Nintendo cartridges and taking games over to friend's houses, it's crushing to think you'd have to pay to share a console game someone else already a paid full price for.
With all this hubub about the Xbox One in the background, Sony showed the world the PS4 on Monday evening at E3. Besides all the shiny new specs, the highlight was without a doubt this epic burn at the Xbox One, titled "Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video." It's epic. This screen describes it all:
So what's the Playstation 4 going to look like? Here's a few pics, via Buzzfeed:
Also, in an effort to really edge out Microsoft, Sony is going to charge $400 for the PS4. For those keeping track, that's $100 less than the Xbox One. Savings like that talk.
So... Who ya got?