PS4 and XBox One Tantalise Gamers in Paris

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gamers at Paris Games Week are enjoying a taste of Sony's long awaited PS4.

PS4 is out on 15th November in the US and Canada and 29th November in Europe and Australia. Sony's art director, Nicolas Doucet says fans will be spellbound by all the new features.

"We are mainly working on originality, on the surprise... to surprise people with interactions never seen before. Produce moments when one says "Wow", and that is magic. And the magic, was the first word in our manifesto for developers, when we were making a Playroom (demo game on PS4 showing all capabilities of the game console), the first word was - magic."

Microsoft's Xbox One is set for release on 22nd November. At $499 USD the console is Microsoft's most expensive yet, but Retail Sales and Marketing Director for France, Jean Claude Ghinozzi says it'll be worth every penny:

"We saw with the former generation of game consoles, like Xbox 360 and Kinect detector that we can improve the ergonomics, to have an immediate grip, to have simplicity of use, and Xbox One is going further than that," he says.

Die hard fans will already know which console they will go for, but some gamers at the exhibition remain undecided. Camille Leclerc is a player from Paris. She says: "Both (PS4 and Xbox One) are good, but anyway, the war is between the two of them, but it is more the exclusivity of games (that could be played on one console or another) that will influence my choice."

More than 80 games companies are exhibiting at this year's event.

Electronic Arts (EA) is presenting shoot-em-up Battlefield 4. Dominique Cor, Vice President and Managing Director for Southern Europe says the latest game in the series will provide gamers with unparalleled choice of play:

"Battlefield 4 is the game known for its multiplayermode, which is an exceptional mode, the best on the market without doubt. It is enhanced, with more depth; we are giving players the possibility to play on bigger maps, to play on the ground, in the sky, in the sea with different vehicles, so there is a great richness and diversity since the last update."

EA are also presenting FIFA 14, which according to Cor is as close to playing on the pitch as gamers can get:

"The more we are in phase with what we see, the more football player movements on the field look like human movements, the more we identify ourselves with them. New game consoles are permitting us to do that, so we are focusing more on the artificial intelligence of football players (in the video game), to allow gamers to use (football) tactics that players use in real life," he says.

Activision are treating visitors to a taster of its latest Call of Duty chapter, Ghosts, which is due out in the next few days. The developers are also presenting a new game called Destiny, which according to David Neichel, General Director of Activision Blizzard France will have players glued to their consoles: "The promise of the Destiny game is that you are absolutely going to break your habits, you will be able to become a legend and save the earth," he says. "Every time you go to that world, things you have done previously and on previous days will stay and will continue to develop. It is a massively multiplayer world."

Younger gamers can have a go at the latest chapter of Skylanders called Swap Force which is also being presented by Activision.

More than 200 thousand visitors are expected at this years Paris Game Week. The event runs until 3rd November.

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