PLAYSTATION or Xbox?
It’s the golden question on every parent’s lips come Christmas gift buying time – and has left gamers divided for years.
But now Sony’s global game development boss Shawn Layden appears to have the answer.
He claimed that Europeans are going mad for the PlayStation, outselling Xbox by “three-to-one”.
Over in the US, PlayStation units are flying off the shelves at “two-to-one”.
Many claim the console is on its way out with the popularity of mobile games soaring.
But don’t chuck out your gadget just yet.
“All of the rumours of the demise of the console are very much premature,” said Layden in an interview with Time magazine.
“In fact, if you’re watching [sales analysis] for PS4 and Xbox One sales, you put those together and console gaming has never been as big and vibrant as it is right now.
“And that’s just here in the States.
“But in Europe, it’s really been fortress PlayStation by at least three-to-one in unit sales.”
Layden reckons it’s down to Japenese games makers – who turned their back on consoles to focus on mobile – returning in their droves.
Resident Evil 7, Nioh, Nier: Automata, Persona 5 and Final Fantasy XV are just a few examples of exclusive Ps4 hit releases.
He teased further announcements next week, during the annual E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles.
“I think a lot of Japanese developers lost their way chasing the mobile games yen, if you will, but they’re coming back to console in a major way.
“And speaking of, we’ll have some big announcements at E3 in that precise vein.”
If you’re trying to decide on a machine, here’s a comparison for you.
The Xbox One currently retails at £299.99, but you’ll rarely need to pay that much for the console.
Since the release of the ramped up Xbox One S, the price of the original console has dropped, with many bundles now available for £200.
PS4 Slim, retails for £249 with a 500GB hard drive as standard.
Like Xbox One, there are plenty of bundles that throw in a couple of games.
Larger memory variants can also be found at an added cost.
PlayStation has lots more exclusives which is one of its biggest selling points.
Japanese games developers which turned to mobile games are returning to the platform bringing out the Last Guardian and Yakuza 0.
On the other hand, Xbox has Halo 5: Guardians and Quantum Break
There’s not that much difference in the tech specs between the two.
They both have 8GB memory, similar CPU and 500GB storage as standard.
But Microsoft has upped the ante in its war with PlayStation and is getting ready to bring out the big guns – Project Scorpio.
The tech firm has claimed its follow-up to the Xbox One S will be the “world’s most powerful console” and it has released the specs ahead of time to get gaming fans excited.
It’s expected to be released at Christmas.
Microsoft will be at E3 in Los Angeles this year with a press conference at 2pm PT (10pm GMT) where they are expected to not only reveal the console but the exact release date for the UK.
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