It wasn’t just Apple showing off new technology yesterday: both Microsoft and Sony held their press conferences at the E3 games show in Los Angeles to showcase their next-generation games consoles. Microsoft’s Xbox One now has a launch month and price – November and $499 / €499 in 21 markets. Meanwhile, Sony’s PlayStation 4 will ship before Christmas in the US and Europe, undercutting the Xbox One with a launch price of $399 / €399. This being E3, both companies’ press conferences were dominated by announcements of new games – particularly so Microsoft’s, after criticism from core gamers of the entertainment focus of its first Xbox One event earlier in the year. Yet both the Xbox One and PS4 are very much general entertainment devices good for more than gaming, and while the skew is more towards video than music, both will be attractive platforms for digital music services keen for a stronger presence in the living room. Of course, both also come with their own music services – Xbox Music and Music Unlimited – so it remains to be seen how welcoming Microsoft and Sony will be to third-party services after the console transition.
Source: The Verge