* You must log in over the Internet at least once a day just to use the console or it will lock up
* Any games you are playing must phone home every hour over the Internet or it will lock up
* Games can only be shared once, so potentially no used or rental game market
* $500 price tag
* restricts what online services you can use
M$ is claiming it is doing this due to increased pressure from its third party licensees to combat piracy.
Sony has given its presentation.
This is an actual video shown during their press conference, showing what users must do to share PS4 games:
Fucking trolled, bitch. What you see there is a direct frontal assault on M$. M$ is so convinced of its market dominance, as illustrated by former MicroSoft Studios creative director Adam Orth telling people complaining about the always-online thing to "deal with it." Sony is clearing learning from the mistakes it made launching the PS3 and being so sure that everyone would want its new technology. Most everything was a point by point rebuttal to M$:
* No Internet connection required except for online games (you will need an account for multiplayer, but that's it)
* Used, shared, and rented games are okay.
* $400 price tag
* Developers, take note: the new architecture is more PC-setup, so the headaches of developing for the PS3 "Cell" technology are officially in the past
$400 is still a bit high, but not insurmountable. Sony fielded tons of questions and showed off their development slate, while M$ just talked about TV capabilities and limited questions. Sony already has a lot more buzz among the gaming community for its new system. M$ has just about ceded the market to them.
Pride goeth before a fall. And this fall will have a bigger fall.