Yesterday evening, Sony officially announced the PS4 slim and the PS4 Pro. The slim being nothing but a smaller, cheaper version of the PS4 with the Pro model serving as a form of “high-end” version of the original PS4. These new models are set to go up against the latest hardware from Microsoft; the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio.
In a press release shortly after Sony’s event, Microsoft was sure to go on the offensive in the wake of the negative reception of Sony’s conference:
“At Xbox, our goal is to put gamers at the centre of everything we do. The new hardware available now and next year was designed with that in mind to give gamers a choice in how they play.
“Starting at £249, Xbox One S is the only console available today with built-in 4K Blu-ray – a value price compared to 4K Blu-ray players. It also offers 4K video streaming plus HDR for video and gaming.”
“Launching holiday 2017, Project Scorpio is the next member of the Xbox One family and will be the most powerful console ever created with 6TFLOPS capable of delivering true 4K gaming,”
“All Xbox One games and accessories will be compatible with Project Scorpio, including over 100 exclusives like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, ReCore, Dead Rising 4 and more,” Microsoft continued, “with the biggest games lineup ever coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this year.
“And Xbox gamers have the benefit of Xbox Live – the best multiplayer gaming network – which unites gamers across devices and networks to connect, compete, and have fun.”
This is really the first time in this generation that Sony’s messaging has been so shaky and it’s only natural to see Microsoft go on the offensive here.