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THE DUST IS SETTLING on the E3 games trade show keynotes and we are left picking through the facts given out about the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One consoles.
The good news is that both consoles cost a lot less than the £600 that Amazon had estimated.
Sony has announced that it will launch its Playstation 4 (PS4) games console on 29 November in Europe and 15 November in North America. In those places it will cost you £349 and $399, respectively.
We don't know when the Xbox One will be out, unless you are happy with just a vague "November", but we can say what it will cost. That is £429, which any mathematician will tell you is more than Sony is charging.
In terms of games Xbox players are the winners, and there are 13 exclusive titles for the Microsoft console, including a new Halo and a Ubisoft Kinect using fighting game.
On the PS4 gamers can expect to dive deep into 12 launch titles including Readyatdawn's newly unveiled The Order.
Hardware wise, both consoles have refreshed controllers, and both are black. In fact, both consoles look nearly identical in terms of design.
The Xbox One features a custom eight-core x86 CPU, a 500GB hard drive, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, USB 3.0, HDMI in and out ports, and WiFi.
The Sony PS4 has an single-chip eight-core AMD Jaguar custom low power x86-64 APU with a Radeon based graphics engine, 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and a Blu-ray optical disc drive.
Both firms have gone for custom AMD chips, and Sony has the graphics edge with an 18 compute unit GCN graphics core configuration.
Microsoft's move from PowerPC isn't doing users any favours, as it means that it loses backwards compatibility. Sony has kept backwards compatibility, which means that its Playstation customers' households won't find themselves with a sudden abundance of drinks coasters.
Both console users have a second screen option, and here Microsoft probably has the edge. It's Smartglass app, which works on a range of mobile operating systems, will take care of this, while Playstation users will need to have a Playstation Vita if they want to extend their gaming onto another screen.
Sony has made much of Microsoft's DRM requirements, but it is making less noise about the introduction of paid Playstation Plus subscriptions for online gaming.
Microsoft, which offers the Gold Live tier for online gaming, was very open about this, and said that existing users will just be able to hop from an Xbox 360 to an Xbox One with ease.
Both consoles have DVR features, and each will let players upload their content for sharing with their peers. µ
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