Sony Just Won the First Real Skirmish of the Next Console War

Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY  ) won the early rounds of the last console wars, followed by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) as Xbox prices dropped and the Kinect made its presence known. Despite attractive features like a fully functional Blu-ray player, Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) largely missed the boat entirely. The Japanese electronics giant was hurt by unfortunate pricing decisions that made you reach for the cheaper (but less impressive) rival systems instead.

The new Nintendo system has failed to repeat the Wii's massive success, leaving Microsoft and Sony to do battle over the video-game throne in 2013. At this week's E3 conference, Microsoft appears to have copied Sony's mistakes, while the PlayStation 4 benefits from the hard-won lessons of recent years. Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 look like eminently usable machines, but is the Xbox One really worth $100 more than the Sony system? Plenty of consumers will probably think it's not.

In the following video, Fool contributor Anders Bylund walks you through the E3 action, explaining why Sony's low prices and Microsoft's draconian content control systems make Sony the early favorite.

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  • Report this Comment On June 13, 2013, at 10:31 AM, JD80 wrote:

    PS3 has overtaken the 360 in worldwide sales. To say Sony "largely missed the boat entirely" is a bit of an exaggeration.

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/10/report-ps3-surpasses-...

  • Report this Comment On June 13, 2013, at 11:09 AM, Porchpot wrote:

    Sony did more than win a skirmish, they basically used a shock and awe technique on Microsoft. By catering to the core group of gamers that built the respective platforms for both Sony and Microsoft they've solidified their marker position. With Microsoft's arrogance and general apathy for gamers concerns it's put itself in a genuinely difficult position. I can see both platforms being successful, but I can definitely see it being an inverse to their predecessors, with the Xbox One struggling and the PS4 thriving in the initial years.

  • Report this Comment On June 13, 2013, at 11:13 AM, turkeyman44 wrote:

    the only thing I don't like is that sony lied about drm. They should have said the truth, which they did in a very small interview after e3. Basically they said they won't force drm on self published games, but it will most likely happen from 3rd party publishers and they have zero control over that. The material i just referenced is on Forbes. Sony basically performed a misdirection on its consumer base. DRM will happen because publishers wish it so.

  • Report this Comment On June 13, 2013, at 11:47 AM, dryson1 wrote:

    Sony Play Station is on the Frontier of the gaming industry. Sony and CCP, the creators of EvE Online have merged together to create the first FPS/MMO Hybrid gaming environment called DUST514. From a PS3 Console Dusters are able to interact with Capsuleer's engaging in the EvE Online PC environment to call in space strikes, cal for reinforcements, ect.

    The merger of the Console and PC gaming environment will lead the way for many new types of gaming environments to be created where the main focus either resides with the Console or PC being the primary source of core of the environment established with the secondary system either being Console or PC being similar to a support unit supporting the main core. Such a hybrid will actually give the gamer and those developing the game environment an almost infinite realm in which to experience the environment. No longer is a gamer limited to a single environment core. Now the gamer can expand their reach into side stories that would have been otherwise untellable because of the limitations of a single platform gaming environment.

    Welcome to the Frontier...welcome to the next generation of gaming environments....welcome to the future and history making.

    If you are a Capsuleer or Dust GroPo (Ground Pounder you can say " I was there."

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