Microsoft will cut Xbox One price, but only if it falls behind the PS4 in sales

Microsoft is prepared to lower the price of the Xbox One, but only if it falls behind in the race with the PS4.

That’s the opinion of Wedbush analyst Michael Patcher.

However, he doubts that it will be necessary, especially since the u-turn on its DRM policies for the Xbox One.

Speaking to investors, he said that he believes Microsoft could still emerge out on top of the next generation, despite the false start.


“Microsoft intends to offer a more robust hardware bundle than Sony will offer, and Microsoft is convinced that consumers will ultimately appreciate the value proposition presented by Kinect,” Pachter told investors.

“Microsoft has not done a particularly good job of communicating the value proposition to consumers, but today’s announcement will remove an impediment to the company’s ability to get its message across.

“We are confident that with six months of focused messaging, Microsoft can fully level the playing field with Sony, and we expect the Xbox One to sell as many units as the PS4.

However, should he be wrong and Microsoft fails to sell as well, if not better than the PS4, he fully expects the company will lower the price of the Xbox One.

“If we are wrong, we think that Microsoft is prepared to lower price next year.”

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/microsoft-will-cut-xbox-one-price-but-only-if-it-falls-behind-the-ps4-in-sales

Sony lets you download multiplayer mode first for PS4 games

One of the useful new features coming along with the PS4 is the ability to play downloaded games before they’ve actually finished downloading. That’s handy, especially if you are on a slower connection and a game is 10GB or more. But it turns out Sony is offering an extra layer of choice when it comes to choosing what part of a game to download.

Sony has just released a new PS4 interface demonstration video. At one point in the video the gamer we are watching gets a voice chat message from his friend asking him to help out in a game of Killzone. So a Killzone purchase and download is initiated. That’s when a new option appears allowing you to download either the multiplayer or single-player mode of the game first.

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One of the useful new features coming along with the PS4 is the ability to play downloaded games before they’ve actually finished downloading. That’s handy, especially if you are on a slower connection and a game is 10GB or more. But it turns out Sony is offering an extra layer of choice when it comes to choosing what part of a game to download.
Sony has just released a new PS4 interface demonstration video. At one point in the video the gamer we are watching gets a voice chat message from his friend asking him to help out in a game of Killzone. So a Killzone purchase and download is initiated. That’s when a new option appears allowing you to download either the multiplayer or single-player mode of the game first.

That’s a clever feature to add, and should allow gamers to jump into an in-progress multiplayer game that much quicker. At the same time, it should free up your line more quickly because you aren’t downloading the single-player data in the background while you play online. That can be downloaded later on.
The video also demonstrates that the PS4 interface is a departure from the XMB menu we currently use on PS3. There’s also a big emphasis put on the sharing capabilities of the console, although I’m hoping on the evidence of the video it stays out of your way if you want to focus on your own game completely.

Source: www.geek.com/games/sony-lets-you-download-multiplayer-mode-first-for-ps4-games-1559480/