George Tsemberlis, Kapitall: Are the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One new consoles set for a smooth, or rocky launch?As Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) enter the home stretch for this month’s releases of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles, both companies have possibly troubling news about their soon to be launched hardware. [Learn more with our infographic: Next Gen Gaming with New Xbox One and PS4 Consoles ] Privacy concerns, dropped launch features and other hardware changes have some gamers worried, and bring to mind the day-one issues that plagued the last console generation. Click on the interactive chart below to see prices for both companies over the last console generation. The Xbox One launch is scheduled for November 22. Game developers report that late iterations of Microsoft’s Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Xbox One operating system have been buggy and in some instances crashing, lengthening the already tight QA and submission process for launch day games. Developers have also been claiming that graphically, the Xbox One is not as robust as the PS4, which has put Microsoft on damage control as gamers decide which system to purchase. Customers are expressing privacy concerns raised by the integration of the Microsoft Kinect into the Xbox One console. Microsoft has acknowledged that the Kinect camera will use:
- Ambient conversations
- Voice chat
- Even the faces/skeletal structures of people in the room.
- All of which will provide information to Microsoft, developers, and third-party marketers.
There is worrisome news about the PS4 as well. Sony recently released a massive FAQ detailing the launch titles and features, and many have been cut or will be disabled at launch, resulting in a sizable backlash from the gamer community.
- The PS4 requires a day-one firmware patch to enable several features.
- It will not support Suspend/Resume at launch.
- And the PS4 will not support the ability to connect an external hard drive for additional storage.
2. Sony Corporation ( SNE): Designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Market cap at $21.25B, most recent closing price at $21.02.