Sony have taken the gloves off in a long-running tussle for supremacy with Microsoft to sit at the top of the gaming tree as their PS4 console hits store shelves in the US today.
Gaining a crucial Stateside head start on its rival the PS4 will be released in the UK in a fortnight – one week after the Xbox One which will be available next Friday.
Those in other territories haven’t been entirely forgotten about however as divers in New Zealand lowered a specimen of the ‘rare species’ of Xbox One to the briny depths in a publicity exercise.
Both consoles feature similar specs but Sony’s is geared exclusively for gamers and comes with an all new DualShock 4 controller. It is optimised fully for playing games giving it a slight edge in this field but is hit by a lacklustre launch line-up and lacks some of the bells and whistles bolted onto the Xbox One.
The Xbox One meanwhile features a more advanced Kinect motion sensor, improved voice recognition and the ability to control satellite and cable TV set top boxes.
The PS4 will retail for £349 whilst the Xbox One will be available for £429.