Originally Posted by whnay.
Sony seems to be much more nimble this go around than MS, that much is obvious. The pricing strategy in particular was a masterstroke - although I'd imagine a similar system loadout (with eye, etc) will come close to Xbox1's base price. I'm still not convinced Sony has done enough to address its wonky online interface and experience - and as I said before, this will be the feature(s) that make or break the race in the long run. The leaked video of some of the features was ok but a few years behind where the 360 is today. With regards to exclusive content, its a draw - I'd probably feel differently if FF15 was an Sony exclusive.
All the gripe over always online and DRM is pretty funny to me. DRM has already happened in PC land where all the "big" games are now distributed online. This will be the future of consoles as well and will be even more relevant when the cloud really kicks in. I get the arguments about the always online but come on people...with very few exceptions, if you are buying a $500 system you should be able to afford an internet connection.
Lets say that Sony doesn't make a good interface, speculation of course since neither of us know what it is, at the end of the day that's just software. Software can be updated. Do you remember what the original Xbox 360's interface looked like? And please, for the love of god, stop comparing the Xbox One to Steam. Microsoft seemingly wants the positives of both physical and digital without any of the necessary concessions of either. The fact is that DRM and unnecessary always online just introduce more points of failure. It's not that we're cheap, it's not that we can't afford internet (though many certainly don't have good connections), it's not that we're entitled. If they want an always online, digital distribution only future they need to show us why we should want it and what they're doing to facilitate it. More convenience and lower prices would be a nice start, which should be created through realistic expectations and non-bloated budgets from publishers.
Originally Posted by aravenel
The DRM thing is pretty funny. People always scream and yell and loudly proclaim that no one will ever buy the system/game/whatever... And then it goes on to set sales records.
This is not to say that I don't find a lot of DRM pointless and even hostile to the end user--just that for all the stink made about it, the vast majority of consumers just don't care.
Records sales? Why yes, I've already preordered my PS4.