Xbox One and PS4 release dates are expected to be announced at their Gamescom 2013 press conferences. Find out where to watch and what time for Microsoft and Sony's press conferences (Photo: screenshot)

UPDATE: Playstation 4 (Sony PS4) Release Date announced as November 15, 2013.

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What time is Microsoft Xbox One's Gamescom press conference? What time is Sony PS4's Gamescom press conference? Will there be a Live Stream? Where can I watch it? Will release dates for PS4 and Xbox One be revealed? Keep reading to get the full scoop on all the Gamescom events for Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

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Gamescom 2013 Press Conference Live Stream: PS4 Release Date Announcement Expected

Not too long ago, the sharp eyes of VG24/7 spied some good news for those of us awaiting a PS4 release date from Sony. While browsing on uk.playstation.combloggers found the following priceless nugget on the announcement concerning Sony's Gamescom 2013 press conference: "We'll kick off the show at 18:00 BST on 20 August 2013 with a briefing to media on our release plans for PlayStation 4, as well as updates on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita."

News like this is exactly what fans of the upcoming Sony console were looking for as there have been plenty of questions about the possible PS4 and PS Vita bundling. Also, so far all we've been told about Sony's PS4 release date is that it would come during the holiday season, with rumors circling around an early December release. However, we can pretty confidently say all release date rumors should be put to rest today as Sony makes its official PS4 release date announcement.

To watch the live stream online of Sony's Gamescom 2013 Press Conference, we sure to tune in on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 6 p.m. UK / 7 p.m. Europe / 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. The link to the Sony Gamescom 2013 press conference is listed below.

Sony Press Conference Live Stream Online Link [Watch Here]

Microsoft Gamescom 2013 Press Conference: Will Xbox One Release Date Finally Be Announced?

So, while both EA and Sony have announced times for their Gamescom press conferences, Microsoft has been a bit more undercover about their event and at this point have not announced a time for their press conference showcasing the Xbox One.

Though Microsoft has shared that its Gamescom press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2013, no time was set for the event. In addition, Microsoft, unlike Sony and EA will not be providing a live stream online of their press conference, so we will be relying on the live blogs of other sources such as IGN.

It is expected that we will see more gameplay on the Xbox One and with any luck, a release date will be given for the Xbox One. We know Sony plans to announce the PS4 release date at it's Tuesday Gamescom press conference and so we're thinking this event would be the perfect time for Microsoft to come forward with their Xbox one release date as well.

Some information had leaked at the end of July which pointed to a possible November release date for the Xbox One but we'd love to hear Microsoft confirm those rumors themselves as well as pin down a solid date. In addition to a release date for the Xbox one we also expect to see some gameplay from the following upcoming game releases:

Kinect Sports: Rivals

Dead Rising 3

Project Spark

 Killer Instinct

Forza Motorsport 5

Ryse: Son of Rome

As to what time Microsoft will likely hold their Gamescom 2013 press conference is really anyone's guess but we expect it won't likely come till after EA and Sony's press events. Our thinking is that it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6 pm ET, but this is purely guesswork here.

When do you think Microsoft will hold its Gamescom 2013 press conference? Do you expect to hear the Xbox One release date announced? Share your thoughts in the comments below

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Xbox One And PS4 Release Dates Leaked? November And December Pegged For Microsoft and Sony Console Debuts In UK [REPORT]

The release dates for the Xbox One and PS4 have finally been revealed as the two gaming consoles are set to release just two weeks apart from one another (Photo: Screenshot)

Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4 fans may have just gotten the break they were looking for as some recent leaked release dates seem to be proving accurate according to IGN. The Xbox One and PS4 release dates were first leaked via the Toys R Us website where it pointed to a release date in the U.K. of November 29, 2013 for Microsoft Xbox One and December 13, 2013 for Playstation 4.

Although many have seen these kinds of dates surface on the Web and serve as mere place holders for virtual ordering purposes, when IGN spoke with a Toys R Us representative they found that these dates are actually pretty legit. According to the source:

"I can confirm this information has been given direct from our suppliers and is accurate."

These leaked dates were also reported via BT Games as well, after which time Microsoft came forward offering a statement to clarify regarding the release dates given.

"We have announced that Xbox One will launch this November, but have not shared any further details. It's common practice for retailers to use placeholder dates for pre-order items without an official launch date. Please stay tuned to news.xbox.com, where we share the latest official details about all things Xbox One"

Of course, it's perfectly within the power of Microsoft to change the release date for Xbox One to whatever November day they choose, but we wouldn't be at all surprised to see this after Thanksgiving release date come to fruition. If accurate, this late November release would serve as a small advantage to Microsoft as Christmas shopping is often on the minds of consumers in the few days following Thanksgiving. In addition, the date would position Xbox One t0 become available two weeks ahead of the Sony PS4 release date.

Watch" PS4 VS Xbox One: What's BETTER for YOU?"

Any one keeping an eye on the on

going competition between these two gaming console powerhouses knows it's been pretty stiff. At one point it seemed sure PS4 would win the day, but after Microsoft backed down on some of it's DRM policies this summer, pre-sales went through the roof bringing the two gaming consoles neck-to-neck for top-selling new gaming console of the 2013 year.

SEE ALSO: Xbox One vs. PS4: How DRM, Internet Requirement & Phil Spencer's Xbox 360 Comeback Killed Microsoft's Next-Gen Console [Opinion/Analysis] 

In terms of features and specifications, the Xbox One and PS4 are pretty evenly matched when you are looking at speed and performance, but each has a set of special features which will ultimately draw crowds to them for different reasons. Having variances in everything from the controllers, to game offerings and multi-media capabilities, gamers will be hard-pressed to choose between the two powerhouse consoles and determine which is best suited to their needs — the PS4 or the XBox One. Below is a chart break down of all the specs, features, and pricing information for each of the upcoming devices for those who want to compare.

Sony Playstation 4 Vs. Microsoft XBox One: Specs, Features, Price, Release Date

Feature

 PlayStation 4  Xbox One
Price  $399.99 [1]  $499.99 [2]
Optical Drive  Blu-ray/DVD [3]  Blu-ray/DVD [4]
Game DVR  Yes [5]  Yes [6]
RAM  8GB GDDR5 [7]  8GB DDR3 [8]
CPU  Single-chip x86 AMD "Jaguar" processor, 8 cores [10]  8 Core Microsoft custom CPU [11]
Storage  500 GB Hard Drive (user removeable)[13]  500 GB Hard Drive (non-removeable) [14]
External Storage  TBA  Yes, USB [15]
Cloud Storage  Yes [16]  Yes [17]
Play As You Download  Yes [18]  Yes [19]
Account Access from Multiple Consoles  Yes [20]  Yes
Mandatory Game Installs  No [21]  Yes [22]
No    
Required Internet Connection  No [23]  Yes but ONLY for the system's mandatory day one update. [24][25]
No    
Used Game Fee  No [26]  No [27]
No    
Digital game sharing or gifting  No  No
Backwards Compatibility  None [28]  None [29]
Cross Game Chat  Yes [30]  Yes [31]
Motion Control DualShock 4, PlayStation 4 Eye (not included), PlayStation Move (not included) Kinect 2
Second Screen  Vita (not included) [32]  
Playstation App [33]  SmartGlass (not included) [34]  Wii U GamePad (included)
Voice Commands  TBA  
Yes [35]  No  
Subscription Service  PlayStation Plus [36]  Xbox Live [37]
USB  USB 3.0 [38]  USB 3.0 [39]
Live Streaming  Yes  Yes
Reputation Preservation  Trophies will be ported  Achievements will be ported [40]
Web Connection  Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n [41]  Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n WiFi [42]
BlueTooth  Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)[43]  No*
A/V Hookups  HDMI out (4K Support [45]) Optical output[46]  HDMI input and output (4K support), Optical output [47]
Region Locked  No  No [48]

Which console will you purchase on release day? The Xbox One or PS4? Have you pre-ordered or will you wait to buy it in stores?

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Xbox One vs. PS4: Price, Game DRM, Cloud Computing, And Other Features That May Make All The Difference For Next-Gen Consoles Sales

 

PS4 and Xbox One are headed for a fierce battle as gamers prepare to choose the console which provides the games, price point, specs and feature to suit their needs (Photo: Twitter)

Microsoft Xbox One vs. Sony PS4 -- the fight is heating up over which next-gen console gamers will want. Now with Sony preparing to reveal remaining specs and features for the PS4 at E3 next month, there is a lot of debate over which console will come out on top.

The last few days have been particularly interesting as new details have been revealed about both the Xbox One and the PS4. The new details could be the deciding factors in which console will end up as top seller this release season. Some of those details include price, DRM on games and integration of cloud computing. Not to mention hardware specs, features and game availability. Let's take a look at some of the latest information on Microsoft vs. Sony's next-gen consoles and see what factor scores as a win or lose between the two.

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Xbox One vs. PS4: Price

 

Xbox One price was reportedly leaked last week via Germany Amazon where it was listed at 599.00 Euros. (Photo: Twitter)


O.K. So one thing both Microsoft and Sony have been pretty tight-lipped about has been price. How much will the Xbox One with included Kinect be in comparison to the PS4, and will the features be worth the dollars shucked out? Let's take a look at latest speculation.

PS4 Price - So in terms of PS4 pricing we really have no solid information about this period. One thing most people feel fairly certain of--it won't be getting any cheaper. In fact, with more powerful hardware incorporated it's likely we'll see PS4 jump in price over the previous model PS3.

Going back to Sony's PS3 sales, we know they retailed at $600 on launch, though truth be told the machine cost a whopping $900 to make. This loss on the machine however is made up through the sales of games.

According to ExpertReviews of the UK however, it's possible the new system could come out cheaper than the earlier model due to some better hardware decisions made by Sony this go around.

"The PS4 should be less of a financial burden ... by sourcing hardware from AMD rather than developing its own chips, Sony has saved a lot of money on development; plus the new console's Blu-ray drive is no longer a huge cost, as it was when the PS3 was launching with the then brand-new disc format."

With this in mind we can see where some of the rumors that PS4 will launch at just $400 came in. These rumors are backed by reports from a prominent Japanese newspaper which reported the PS4 would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of YEN 40,000, which translates to about $400 in the US, or £310 in the UK.

As nice as these figures sound, we're still not convinced those figures accurately reflect the price of the next-gen Sony gaming console when taking into consideration inflation and beefed-up specs, but here's hoping. Now let's take a look at what's being said about the Xbox One price.

Xbox One Price - So up until yesterday there was also not a lot of information available concerning the price of the Xbox One, but Sunday it seems Amazon in Germany may have accidentally leaked the price through its online pre-ordering service. If the information seen there is correct it looks as though the Xbox One could cost a pretty penny--510 British pounds to be precise, equaling $775 in the US. If you are like me you probably just flinched a little bit when reading that. Keep in mind this does include the newly redesigned Kinect system, which has some pretty amazing new capabilities and features. Still, no matter who you are $775 for a gaming machine is a bit of a bitter pill to swallow-especially considering the Xbox 360 is selling at just $300 now with Kinect and $200 without.

One downside for the new Xbox One is that Kinect is no longer optional. It comes packaged with all Xbox Ones sold. There have been some rumors that Microsoft may be looking at some form of subsidized pricing for the Xbox One, allowing customers to purchase with a certain amount down and a 2 year subscription to Xbox Live, shaving a few hundred dollars off the top of the price upfront, but thus far those rumors have not yet been substantiated.

Xbox One vs. PS4: Used Games DRM

 

Both gamers and used game retailers like GameStop stand to lose much if DRM on Sony and Microsoft used games is added.


Xbox One DRM Confusion - This is probably one of the biggest controversies out there right now. DRM on used games. While Microsoft has taken a long and swerving trail toward some kind of compromise with gamers, in the long run, I don't think anyone is going to get exactly what they want out of this deal, and quite frankly, DRM on used games may be one point that could do serious harm to Microsoft's next-gen console sales.

Early on we thought the Xbox One would require a constant Internet connection and a fee would be required to play a game disc that somebody's already played. After a massive outcry from gamers, however, that proposition was revised to where now, my understanding is, the Xbox One will not require a constant connection. It will though, require a "regular" once a day connection to allow for automatic authentications. This would ensure that only those who have purchased a license to the game are actually playing it.

Well what about lending to friends? Apparently if you have a disc and lend it to a friend, it will work for them, but will be deactivated on your side. Though I'm sure there's still plenty more being ironed out as to how Microsoft will handle used games, one thing we have to keep in mind, as mentioned above, is that these console makers often lose money on the hardware itself. Where their money is made is in the sale of games, but if most gamers are trading or purchasing used games then who is making the majority of the money? Not Microsoft or Sony-rather middlemen like GameStop who sell the used games to gamers. Of course, many gamers aren't really too excited about the idea of putting out $60 for a brand new game that probably won't be usable on their next console. As we know, Xbox One has no backward compatibility so in this manner I think Microsoft might take a bit of a hit.

PS4 Used Games DRM - There had been some stir this last week that PS4 may look to impose some kind of used games DRM as well the way Microsoft intends to. That possibility caused such a stir amongst PS gamers they soon took to Twitter under hashtag #NoDRMPS4 or participated in discussion via a NeoGAF forum thread stating their concerns. The overflowing sea of voices lead to a quick response on the part of Sony this weekend.

SCEA producer Nick Accordino, had this to say.

"Humbled by the outpouring of passionate PlayStation fans and their willingness to talk to us directly. Please know that we hear you."

Meanwhile Head of Hardware Marketing at Sony PlayStation, John Koller, added:

"This is why I love PlayStation fans- the passion bucket overflows."

PlayStation fans took these comments to mean the company was backing down from the possible DRM for used games but industry commentator, Geoff Knightly, doesn't' think it's quite so cut and dry.

 "Sony, I think, has been seen as this kind of white knight so far that's not going to restrict used games. Based on some of the things I'm hearing, I don't think that's entirely true, because I can't see publishers allowing one system to do one thing and one do another."

What both Sony and Microsoft intend to do concerning DRM on used games is yet to be seen but expected to be fully divulged at E3 in June 2013 at which point many consumers will be making their final decision based off the information shared there.

Xbox One vs. PS4: Cloud Computing

 

Xbox One is set to feature cloud computing integration which could up the console's game against the more powerful PS4 (Photo: Twitter)


Okay, integration of cloud computing is one way developers looking at the PS4 and Xbox One are saying Microsoft could come out on top here. Avalanche Studios' chief technology officer Linus Blomberg spoke with VideoGamer.com last week stating that, though PS4 definitely features more impressive hardware specs and "raw power," cloud computing could level if not tip the scale in favor of the Xbox One.

The addition of cloud computing allows developers to off-load non-latency sensitive processes to the cloud. This thereby frees up some of the system resources on the console. An example of features which could be off-loaded to the cloud are physics modeling, fluid dynamics and cloth modeling according to Ars Technica. All of these features are CPU-intensive; therefore, relegating them to the cloud could help the Xbox One make up what it lacks in power compared with the PS4.

According to Blomberg, Xbox One's ability to compute processes on the cloud is "definitely an area where the Xbox One has a step up over PS4, and it opens up for many interesting things"

Blomberg went on to say,

"It's perfect for open-world games like ours as it enables techniques to make the game worlds more alive and social, such as persistence and asynchronous multiplayer features ... We are already using server-side computations in our PC hunting game the Hunter, so that's nothing new for us as a concept. But Microsoft's solution may allow us to do this more efficiently and to a greater [extent]."

Of course, it's very likely that with Microsoft introducing cloud computing as a new tool in its arsenal, Sony PS4 could very soon answer with something similar. However, only time will tell on that point.

When talking with readers, the two overwhelming points that keep coming back are price, and game availability. In the long run I think these two factors will play the largest role in who wins the console war. E3 should definitely hold some much-coveted details concerning both.

Check iDesignTimes technology section soon as we will continue to bring you the latest details on both the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PS4 as they become available.

 

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