At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Sony Corporation announced that they are going to sell the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console for $399. This means that the PlayStation 4 is $100 less than the Xbox One console. Sony also said that they will not have any restrictions on used games or mandatory digital rights management (DRM). The DRM announcement received the loudest applause.
Sony also announced that they are working on creating original programming that will be streamed through the console. However, they did not give any specifics on the kind of content that gamers will see. Sony Pictures is working on developing the programming and it will be made available through the PlayStation Network.
“The gaming landscape is changing with new business models and new ways to play,”stated Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House.
Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO said that the PS4 will not require a constant online connection. “PlayStation 4 disc-based games don’t need to be connected online to play or any type of authentication,” added Tretton as quoted by Mercury News. “If you enjoy playing single-player games offline, PS4 won’t require to you check in online period and it won’t stop working if you haven’t authenticated in 24 hours.” Sony said that there is 30 PS4 games in development including 12 brand new intellectual properties.
Unfortunately, the online multiplayer gaming on the PS4 will require a $50 per year subscription to PlayStation Plus. The cost of PS Plus was placed in finer print towards the bottom of the company’s list of features.