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After seven long years, Sony today finally launched to retail another flagship game console. We're of course talking about the PlayStation 4, a $399 system with a x86 foundation that further blurs the lines between what constitutes a console for a PC (we're not saying they're one-in-the-same, just more similar than ever before). To underscore the point, we now have two detailed teardowns of the PS4 that show how easy it is to service at home. The first teardown came courtesy of Sony. In a surprise move, Sony posted a video showing the PS4 disassembled from top to bottom, in part because the hardware maker wanted to showcase the system's efficient design. Now we have another teardown analysis,... Read more...
Hulu may have made some of its fans sweat by waiting until nearly the last minute to confirm its Hulu Plus service will indeed be offered on Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console on day of release (which, if you weren't aware, is this Friday, November 15th). The Hulu Plus app will actually launch to PS4 a couple of days early on November 13th to accommodate those users who might be getting their hands on the next generation console ahead of the official launch. This may go down as one of the biggest console launches in history, and with that in mind, Hulu didn't just port its Hulu Plus app over to PS4. There are some features and tweaks designed specifically for Sony's next generation game console.... Read more...
With just over a week to go before Sony officially joins the next generation console wars, the hardware company announced that it has sold 80 million PlayStation 3 systems, while making sure to point out that it took 7 years to do it. That's a bit of a jab at Microsoft, which recently announced reaching the 80 million units sold milestone for its Xbox 360, though Microsoft's console debuted a year earlier than the PS3. Sony isn't likely to catch up to the Xbox 360 in console sales before the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One come out, but it's been such a close race, you might as well call it a tie. Meanwhile, both companies trail Nintendo and the original Wii console, which has seen 100 million unit... Read more...
Sorry, Sony fans, but the free ride for online multiplayer on the company's flagship console will come to an end when the PlayStation 4 debuts to retail next week. In order to frag your friends online, you'll need to pony up for a PlayStation Plus subscription. It's been reported recently that the fee for online multiplayer will run $9.99 per month in the U.S., 6.99 euros ($9.40) in Europe, and 500 yen ($5) in Japan, and that's led to a bit of confusion on the Internet. To clarify, you can already purchase a PlayStation Plus membership (a single subscription works across PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems) in one of two available tiers: 12 months for $49.99, or 3 months for $17.99. Back at E3, Sony... Read more...
What’s that, you say? You’re sick to death of the high-stakes patent wars being waged by huge tech companies against one another? Well too bad, because if anything, things are just escalating. A consortium called Rockstar, which is comprised of Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, is suing Google (and others) over an alleged violation of patents related to matching search terms with advertising, according to Reuters. Credit: Sam Howzit via Flickr When Nortel went bankrupt a few years ago, the Rockstar group outbid Google $4.5 billion to $4.4 billion for Nortel’s patents. Although Google went on to snap up Motorola Mobility and its juicy patent portfolio, the lawsuit... Read more...
Almost everything you could possibly want to know about the PlayStation 4 can be found in a massive FAQ posted by Sid Shuman, Sony's Social Media Manager. The title of the document is "PS4: The Ultimate FAQ," a fitting description for a question and answer guide that spans 11 different categories and covers 160 topics. So, what hidden and/or controversial clarifications might you find? To start with, the PS4 is rocking a 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive, which you're welcome to replace so long as it complies with those standards, is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB. Unfortunately, the PS4 does not support external storage, so swapping out the hard drive is the only way to gain more... Read more...
The PS4 and Xbox One aren't out yet, but that's not stopping them from facing off in Battlefield 4, the next-generation, just-launched title from EA/DICE. We highlighted some of the visual differences we might expect between the console and PC versions of the game based on the performance of the in-game scaling software option, but now that the title has launched, what do we see? Quite a bit -- some of it good, some not so much. Fair warning here: The PS4 and Xbox One screenshots are quite large. I decided to preserve the YouTube videos and the original aspect ratios below, in order to give you a better look at the differences in zoom. Eurogamer has published a full preview of the game, screenshot... Read more...
Yes folks, there will be a patch made available for Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console the moment it's released next month, and it's a pretty big one at 300MB. Though the last thing you want to do when you unbox a new console is sit around and wait for software updates to be installed, this one looks to be well worth it. The 300MB patch (version 1.50) will introduce a bevy of new features and enable several existing ones, not the least of which is online multiplayer. PlayStation Plus members will be able to play PS4 titles online with other players via the network, and according to Sony, it will be easy to join a game from a live stream broadcast or Party voice chat. Another nice addition... Read more...
Since Sony isn't pushing a motion control sensor onto customers as a mandatory accessory for its PlayStation 4 console, the company has been able to undercut Microsoft's Xbox One system at retail by $100. In choosing a next generation console, some are finding the price difference a deciding factor. However, if you happen to live in Brazil, there's nothing about the PS4 that screams "value." Sony confirmed on its official Brazilian blog that the PS4 will cost 3,999 Brazilian Reals. If you're not versed in international exchange rates, a quick visit to Google reveals it works out to around $1,850 at the current exchange rate, or about four and a half times the retail cost of a PS4 in the U.S.... Read more...
In a couple of months, the next generation of console wars will officially kick off as both Sony and Microsoft enter the fray with their respective PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems (meanwhile, Nintendo lies in wait with its Wii U). Which one will prove more popular? That's tough to say at this early stage, though there are some early signs indicating the PS4 may come out of the gate a little stronger. According to a Reuters poll, more U.S. shoppers are picking the PS4 over the Xbox One. Reuters surveyed nearly 1,300 people online, and out of those, 26 percent said they are likely to buy the PS4 when it becomes available. Around 15 percent said the same about the Xbox One. Younger gamers seem... Read more...
One of the ongoing debates between the Xbox One and PS4 revolves around the expected performance difference between the two consoles -- or lack thereof. According to Edge, developers have privately stated that the PS4 is significantly faster. A console agnostic game can, according to their sources, run at 30 FPS in 1920x1080 on the PS4, but in the mid-20s on the Xbox One, even with a lower 1600x900 target resolution. "Xbox One is weaker and its a pain to use its ESRAM," concluded one developer. Microsoft's response to this controversy has been straightforward and expected. It told Kotaku, "Xbox One architecture is much more complex than what any single figure can convey. " So whose telling the... Read more...
Sony made several announcements about new and updated products, including confirming that the U.S. release of the PlayStation 4 is November 15th and that the mobile PlayStation Vita is getting a refreshed look, but the big news concerned a small streaming micro console called the PlayStation Vita TV. The device has several roles in the home entertainment setup; on the one hand, it’s a streaming set-top box not unlike Roku or Apple TV, and you can watch “movies, TV shows, and video services” on it. It also serves as a lightweight gaming console, and you can actually pop in PS Vita, PSP, and PSPOne games and play them with full controllers on the big screen. Further, it features... Read more...
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