Xbox, PlayStation in latest battle for entertainment supremacy
Microsoft and Sony have started a new round of their fight for the hearts of video gamers whose devotion could determine whether Xbox One or PlayStation 4 rule internet-age entertainment.
The rival console makers aimed squarely at hard-core game players in grand press briefings, unveiling blockbuster titles and touting content or opportunities only available on their respective systems.
Microsoft opened fire with Halo and a barrage of other titles for play on its new-generation Xbox One consoles. Sony shot back with the keenly anticipated Destiny, the first new franchise from Bungie Studios, revered in the gaming community for creating Halo.
"Our vision is grounded in an uncompromising commitment to gamers," said PlayStation group chief Andrew House. "Destiny will help us define this next generation of gaming."
PS4 owners will be able to play an online test version of Destiny starting tomorrow until the weekend.
The announcements came ahead of yesterday's opening of the annual E3 video game extravaganza in Los Angeles.
Microsoft announced the release for later this year of an addition to its popular science fiction Halo series called Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as well as other exclusive titles: Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2 and Dance Central Spotlight.
"Our goal is to make Xbox One the best place to play games this generation," said Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division.