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Sony's Playstation 4 to be cheaper than Microsoft's XBox One

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10:  Andrew House, president and group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., holds up a Playstation 4 at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 press conference on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Andrew House, president and group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., holds up a Playstation 4 at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 press conference on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Jack Tretton, President and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America speaks at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 press conference on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Jack Tretton, President and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America speaks at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 press conference on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Andrew House, President and Group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., announces the pricing for a Playstation 4 at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 press conference June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry.(Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Andrew House, President and Group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., holds up a Playstation 4 at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 press conference June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry.(Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: A Playstation 4 controller is displayed at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 press conference June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry.(Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Andrew House, President and Group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., holds up a Playstation 4 at the Sony Playstation E3 2013 press conference June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry.(Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SCEA - PlayStation 4 is unveiled for the first time by Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., at the PlayStation E3 Press Conference on Monday June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for SCEA/AP Images)
A controller for the new PlayStation 4 is on display at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Sony is giving gamers their first look at the PlayStation 4 and it's a rectangular black box, just like all the previous PlayStations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House introduces the new PlayStation 4 at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. Sony is giving gamers their first look at the PlayStation 4 and it's a rectangular black box, just like all the previous PlayStations. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Phil Harrison, a Microsoft vice presdient, speaks during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Phil Harrison, a Microsoft vice presdient, speaks during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios at Microsoft Corp. speaks during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios at Microsoft Corp. speaks during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Bonnie Ross, general manager and studio head of 343 Industries, introduces the Halo Xbox video game during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios at Microsoft Corp. speaks during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: A McLaren sports car is unveiled during the announcement of a new video game Forza Motorsport 5 during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: A McLaren sports car is unveiled during the announcement of a new video game Forza Motorsport 5 during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Don Mattrick, (L) president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, and Japanese game director Hideo Kojima, head of Kojima Productions speak during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MICROSOFT - Dan Greenawalt, Creative Director, Turn 10 Studios, gives Rick Malambri a hands on tutorial of Forza Motorsport 5 at Xbox Showcase at E3 2013 at the Vibiana in Los Angeles on Monday, June 10, 2013. Lisa Malambri is seen in the background. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Halo video game during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MICROSOFT - Lisa Malambri experiences her first hands-on time with Ryse: Son of Rome at Xbox Showcase at E3 2013 at the Vibiana in Los Angeles on Monday, June 10, 2013. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)
Microsoft's XBox One
Microsoft's XBox One

Microsoft has revealed that its new XBox One games console will carry an "expensive" price tag of over £400 when it is launched in November.

The US firm announced that its latest piece of hardware will set gamers back £429 at the E3 electronic entertainment trade show in Los Angeles yesterday.

It came just hours before Microsoft's rival Sony raised the curtain on its new PlayStation 4, which will be sold for £349 in the UK.

Sony also confirmed that it will not impose any restrictions on second-hand games.

Microsoft's presentation saw the unveiling of XBox One games, with a mix of legendary franchises such as Metal Gear Solid and Halo together with a clutch of new titles.

It also introduced new features such as Twitch, which will allow players to broadcast their gaming sessions live online.

Video games expert Daniel Krupa, who writes for entertainment website IGN, said: "At £429, the Xbox One will be an expensive investment when it launches in November - but Microsoft's wide array of games was a clear statement of intent for those who worried it might focus too heavily on the entertainment features.

"They have significantly invested in a wide range of gaming experiences, from triple-A blockbusters to quieter indie titles, and games for kids.

"From what we've seen so far, both Microsoft and Sony want to make next-gen gaming a more social experience, even allowing you to broadcast your gaming session live to the internet.

"The price is high, but the Xbox One right now has bags of functionality and promise.

The XBox One, described as an "all-in-one system" for games, live television, films and music, was first unveiled at Microsoft's US headquarters in Redmond, Washington, last month.

It incorporates a blu-ray drive, the use of video calling service Skype, and an upgraded Kinect camera which allows the device to better analyse body movements.

Sony offered gamers a first complete view of its new PS4 at E3, following a sneak preview that revealed some details earlier this year.

It was the first major game machine the Japanese firm has built since the PlayStation 3 went on sale in 2006.

Meanwhile, Apple also made a third major tech revelation as it showcased its newest operating system at a developers conference in San Francisco, California.

Microsoft yesterday also unveiled new games for its XBox 360, which was first released in 2005, after the company said it cared about gamers' investment in the console.

Stuart Miles, who runs tech website Pocket Lint, said he had been surprised by the sheer number of games that Microsoft presented today.

"They are still relying on the Halos of this world, but there are also nicer, smaller titles which shows they are not just regurgitating sequel after sequel," he said.

Asked about the pricing of the XBox One, he said: "Whether they are pushing the outer limits of what people can accept is debatable, but there is a lot of tech in there so they have to price it that way.

"It is a tough sell but the reality is, if you want it you want it, and that is probably the price it should be - and there is the appetite and the games to go with it."

Referring to the "console wars", Mr Miles said: "I think Sony's is the more exciting presentation because they have got the new box to launch and there is more still to come, whereas people kind of feel they know everything about the XBox One by now.

"But that could all change in a matter of hours."

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