This year’s E3 finally saw Sony reveal a premium PlayStation Network (PSN) service, one that was hinted at earlier this year, and long before then. It has been confirmed that the service will arrive in the UK on 29th June and will cost PS3 gamers £39.99 for a 12-month subscription, or £11.99 for a 90 day subscription.
So what are the key incentives to get people on board?
Microsoft revealed a new-look Xbox 360 console at their E3 media conference in Los Angeles this Monday.
In a move similar to Apple, Microsoft announced that their new hardware would be shipping to retailers today, with the slimmer console being available in stores before the end of the week. However, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick failed to mention that these welcome launch plans only apply to the United States.
For those here in the United Kingdom you will have to wait an extra four weeks before you can get your hands on the updated hardware. Graeme Boyd, Xbox Community Manager for Europe confirmed via Twitter that the refreshed Xbox 360 will launch in the UK, and across Europe, on Friday the 16th of July.
The updated Xbox 360, which came as no surprise due to an Italian leak, will include a range of refreshing changes. The updated model boasts a 250GB hard drive, built-in WiFi, 3 USB ports on the rear, an HDMI port and even a Kensington security lock. All this is expected to sell for the same retail price that the current Xbox 360 Elite costs: £199. According to Microsoft, the slimmer hardware is also said to run a lot quieter than older Xbox 360 models, due to a quieter on-board fan – something which is no doubt going to please many.