Gamescom 2013: Sony & Microsoft duke it out as Playstation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One release date are near


Gamescom, Europe’s largest video gaming fair held in Cologne, Germany, gave a sneak preview of what’s hot and new in the gaming market.

Two of the heavy hitters, Sony and Microsoft will be duking it out this holiday season as they release their new gaming consoles. Sony’s PS4 will be it’s first new console release in seven years. For Microsoft, XBox One is their first update in eight years.

Multiple giant halls were filled with video games, besieged by 200,000 people, all jostling for hands-on time and swag. Also on display were the latest in new game releases such as Call of Duty Ghosts, Gran Turismo 6, Assassins Creed IV Black Flag, and EA Sports latest soccer release Fifa 14.

Gamescom also proved to be the most extensive opportunity for gamers to try out next-gen games, with publishers previewing early code from their upcoming holiday season and 2014 roster of titles.

We didn’t get a date for the Xbox One from Microsoft, but the company did have plenty of other things to announce and show off. With Sony, we saw announcements of a number of indie games for the PS4 and Vita, along with some key deals that will see games either exclusive to or making their console debuts on Sony consoles.

Xbox VP Phil Harrison said that he hopes Microsoft will have to deal with tens of thousands of games as a result of the program, and that it will demonstrate that our platform is a really attractive place for creators to build games for.

EA’s sports titles were also well represented, with 2014 editions of Madden, NBA Live and FIFA on deck. The FIFA Ultimate Team feature will also be exclusive to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the game.