It’s game on as console-makers head for epic face-off

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It’s game on as console-makers head for epic face-off

Rivalry between the big guns is intensifying as they launch consoles in a market turbocharged by lockdown

James Cook

A short clip was all it took to send video game fans into a state of frenzied excitement.

This month, a nine-minute video showcased the technical capabilities of the forthcoming Sony PlayStation 5 console. The video, which showed a woman climbing to the top of an ancient city before flying off a tower into a blue portal, didn’t even show any footage of forthcoming games for the console. But the life-like graphics were enough to create a social media buzz.

As PlayStation’s parent company, Sony, and Xbox owner Microsoft prepare to launch consoles later this year, the two technology giants are limbering up for a ferocious battle for control of a surging market, which has been turbocharged by lockdown...

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