It’s Day Two of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry tradeshow being held this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Today E3 is dominated by one story — Sony’s unveiling of the PlayStation® 4.
Promising “unparalleled content, immersive gaming experiences, [and] all of your favorite digital entertainment apps,” Sony called the PS4 “the best place to play with dynamic, connected gaming, powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social capabilities and innovative second-screen…”
But the gamers in the audience applauded features like not having to require the PS4 to be connected to the internet once every 24 hours to play games…Like the Xbox One. Or play used games on the PS4 without paying a fee…Like the Xbox One. Sony really hammered Microsoft on these features and even took the Twitter-sphere to answer gamers questions about the console.
The PlayStation 4 has quickly become the game system that gamers want to carry them into the next generation of home video game machines:
System Profile: Sony PlayStation® 4
- Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Price: $399
- Game Prices: Experts predict $60 and under.
- Release Date: Fall 2013
- Processor: A custom chip with eight x86-64 cores and 1.84 TFLOPS graphics processor with 8 GB of GDDR5 unified system memory.
- Controller: DualShock®4 wireless controller with six-axis sensor and a touch pad that’s located on top of the controller. Equipped with SHARE button that enables quick video streaming and sharing. Now others can marvel at how well you play—in real time! (DualShock®4 controller retails at $59.)
- Optic Drive: Blue-ray disc drive
- Storage: Hard drive with 500GB
- Game Availability: Region Free! Play games from around the world!
- Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n wireless network connectivity with Ethernet, Bluetooth and twin USB ports.
- Camera: A newly redesigned PlayStation Eye, that includes a pair of 1280×800-pixel cameras.
- New Club: PlayStation®Plus is Sony’s new membership service for PS4™ gamers. With it, gamers can get access to lots of cool new games, as well as blockbuster hits like Killzone™ Shadow Fall, Watch Dogs™ and Destiny™. All PlayStation 4 titles will be available for online download.
The Big Showdown: PS4 vs. Xbox One
The industry (and gamers alike) have their eyes on Sony and Microsoft (as Nintendo’s Wii U has failed to impress gamers). The question now on everyones mind is: Is the PlayStation 4 a better console than Xbox One?
|PS4 vs. XBOX ONE|
|CPU||Single-chip x86 AMD “Jaguar” Processor (8 cores)||8-core Microsoft Custom CPU||DRAW|
|STORAGE||500GB Hard Drive||500GB Hard Drive||DRAW|
|EXTERNAL STORAGE||TBA||Yes||XBOX ONE|
|RAM||8 GB GDDRS||8 GB DDR3||DRAW|
|MANDATORY GAME INSTALLS||No||Yes||PS4|
|CROSS GAME CHAT||Yes||Yes||DRAW|
|VOICE COMMANDS||TBA||Yes||XBOX ONE|
|REQUIRED INTERNET CONNECTION||No||Yes||PS4|
Gaming for Billions
If you want to make video games instead of just play them, you should know the video game industry is a $17 billion business. The latest generation of consoles is expected to bring the industry (believe it or not) out of a slump.