Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, talks at Gamescom 2013.
While the highlight of Sony's 2013 Gamescom press conference in Cologne, Germany, may have been the announcement of PlayStation 4's November 15 launch date, a few shots were fired across the bow of its competitors - Microsoft in specific.
"While others have shifted their message and changed their story, we were consistent in maintaining policies and a model that is fair and in tune with consumer desires," said Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.
The comment was made in reference to Microsoft's numerous reversals in policy and stance in regards to that company's upcoming home entertainment console, Xbox One. Since the device's debut this Spring, Microsoft has made an about-face on its always-on requirement, digital rights management, and Kinect requirement. The turnarounds on such policies have earned the system the derogatory nickname of "Xbox 180".
Sony's PlayStation 4 lists at $399, a cool $100 less than Microsoft's Xbox One, which is scheduled to release in the same month. Nintendo's next-gen console, Wii U, launched last November at $299 and $349 depending on specs.