Bookmakers Taking Bets on Google Glass, PlayStation 4 Success
Bookies Paddy Power is taking bets on who will win the next generation console war – PS4 or the next Xbox. The firm believes Sony's console will win, putting them at 8/13 to sell more than Microsoft (they're on 6/5). It's one of Paddy Power's novelty bets, and as we know little about the next Xbox, it's all a bit of a guess. This is the bookmaker that had Far Cry 3 as 66/1 to be Christmas No.1. The game made No.2.
The company is also taking bets on which of the consoles will be the most powerful. Again, Sony has been given the edge at 2/5, with the next Xbox at 7/4. Sony’s next-generation PlayStation 4 console was announced yesterday at a press event in New York to a strong reception. A spokesperson for Paddy Power said “The Playstation 4 has received plenty of well worn thumbs up from gamers but while Sony currently have the edge it’s still all to play for in the console wars!” The new console is expected to launch during the holidays 2013, no prices have been revealed yet.
Meanwhile, Paddy Power have also opened the betting on who will be the first celebrity to wear Google Glass which was also shown off in more detail yesterday via a YouTube video from Google. The demo video showed how Glass can be used to take pictures and record video, as well as share content directly via email or social networks. Voice commands such as "OK, Glass, take a picture" were used to control the device and other features included Skype-like video chats, and other related information such as weather reports and map directions. All of this information appeared in a small, translucent square in the top right of the wearer's field of vision which seems to be much less intrusive than earlier concept videos had suggested.Continued on the next page