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Microsoft Evens the Field In The Next-Gen Console Battle

Microsoft answers the critics and evens the race.


 

A week ago, the revelations at E3 made it seem like the Xbox One had been KOed by the PlayStation 4 before the next-gen bout had even started. But earlier this week, Microsoft managed to get itself “off the ropes” by making two major announcements: The Xbox One will not require an online connection every 24 hours (a relief for submarine residents), and gamers can “trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc-based games just like you do today.

 

Until Wednesday, it wasn’t a stretch to say that Sony had already swept its competition. Now it looks like the next-gen showdown could be a proper series after all. These are some of the factors that forced Microsoft’s hand.

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