I agree with Alpha Dog in some ways, in the differences between Sony Microsoft in the run up to the next generation, the main one being PR. We all know that Microsoft has made a mess of things since announcing the Xbox One and anything they say now even when it is slightly positive is berated by people on the Internet.
However, the irony is there have been some gaffs by Sony over the last few weeks which have had no backlash. Firstly there was the Grand Theft Auto V leak, this although perpetrated by hackers shows that the security problems still exist at Sony albeit it on their hardware this time and not centrally did they not learn from the PlayStation Network hack?
Secondly, Jim Ryan made comments about adding a game in the bundle at launch as being odd, and then a week later Sony in Europe announce a bundle for PlayStation 4 with Killzone and the PlayStation Camera, I know this is not available in the UK (yet) but is a U-turn in itself. The final item is the failed availability of Gaikai any time soon in Europe.
People seem to have bought that it is down to a low broadband speed and working with ISPs, this is just plain hyperbole. OnLive has been running in the UK for a few years and it requires only a 2Mbps connection (although 5 is recommended), and this service is doing pretty much what Gaikai will do on the PlayStation 4 by streaming games to your console. The majority of people certainly in the UK will have at least 2Mbps, so its spin from Sony for something they do not yet want to invest in for Europe.
You have to admit though that Sony’s PR department has done one hell of a job in convincing people they are the saints of console gaming.
We must all remember however that none of these companies are our friends, they are there to extract as much money as possible from us, they are a business it’s what they are born to do.
When reading statements from any company people need to look behind the facts before making any judgement on the real details they are trying to convey. I really wish we could see more balanced and informative views from people in general on the topic of the next gen, as supporting the hype will only detriment us as consumers in the longer run.