Sony wants to focus on social gaming – so much so it's added a Share button to the DualShock 4 controller. When you want to start a game you'll be met with comments from other players and downloadable content before you boot it up. You can sync your account to Facebook and players can now use their real names. Then there's the ability to spectate and comment on games, like an annoying backseat driver. But more usefully, the Share button can be held to take a quick screenshots and video of your latest and greatest frag, before sharing them with your mates.
The Xbox One is a social creature too, letting you search by what's trending or popular with your friends. Want to join mates and chat about what they're watching? Bring Skype up in the side bar and chat as you go along together. And with Kinect watching your reactions it's suggested that TV producers can tailor shows depending on your viewing experience. Can you say "filter bubble"?
While both consoles will undoubtedly keep their AAA exclusive titles like Halo and the God of War series, heavy hitters like Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed 4 and Ubisoft's Watch Dogs will still be available for both consoles – though it's up in the air whether Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 will be putting in an appearance on the next-gen consoles.
Since Sony has ditched the PS3's Cell architecture for the PS4, and both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are running similar AMD processors and graphics cards, we should see even more simultaneous cross-platform launches in this generation. Much to the delight of keyboard and mouse fraggers, no doubt.
Plenty of Xbox One games were revealed at E3 and exclusive titles include Forza Motorsport 5, Quantum Break, Halo 5, Ryse and Titanfall, though the only one you'll be able to pick up at launch is the excellent Forza 5.
The PS4's exclusive line-up includes family adventure Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son, and the very impressive massive open world rubber burner, DriveClub. Plus PS4 games will support PS Vita Remote Play as standard.
The Xbox One's exclusive list is bigger (for the time being) but all in all, the best titles (in our opinion) are available on both consoles, which include the likes of Destiny, Assassin's Creed 4: Blag Flag and The Division, to name but a few.