Sony’s surprise announcement at the Game Developers Conference on Tuesday night wasn’t really much of a surprise, but Project Morpheus is an exciting look at the future of console gaming nonetheless. The Oculus Rift has proven to the world that virtual reality can be a viable form of entertainment, and now Sony is looking to capitalize on its competition’s success. One huge question remains: can either device be affordable for the average consumer? More →
The PlayStation 4 has had a commanding lead over the console market since launch, but as sales figures have dominated the headlines, Microsoft has been quietly updating the Xbox One. Four months later, the additional features of the Xbox One have begun to outpace those of the PlayStation 4, but Sony doesn’t plan on waiting much longer to catch back up. More →
The rumors were true: Sony really has developed a virtual reality headset and it unveiled it at the Game Developers Conference on Tuesday. Computer and Video Games reports that Sony officially took the wraps off its Project Morpheus VR headset that it said represents “the next innovation from PlayStation that may well shape the future of games.” Sony will demonstrate a prototype of the headset at GDC on Wednesday and it will serve as the first virtual reality software development kit for PlayStation 4 developers. Richard Marks, Sony’s head of research and development, said that Project Morpheus “is special because it gives you a feeling of being somewhere else.” Sony has even gotten some help from NASA on Project Morpheus, as Computer and Video Games says that the first demonstration on the headset will be a virtual walkthrough of Mars based on NASA terrain data.
According to a report issued earlier this week, Titanfall gave Microsoft’s Xbox One a huge and much-needed sales boost in the United Kingdom last week. Though nothing has been confirmed, sales reportedly spike a whopping 96% as the highly anticipated mech-style shooter finally launched. According to a new report, however, Microsoft’s newest console wasn’t the only next-generation box that enjoyed a massive sales boost last week. More →
Whether or not you care about the “war” currently taking place between Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, there is no question that each next-generation video game console has various benefits over the other. Where Microsoft’s new Xbox is concerned, the game selection is liekly better in the early days and the console’s capabilities are definitely wider thanks to Kinect and Microsoft’s many home entertainment features. Of course, Sony’s PS4 has the stronger specs and greater appeal for hardcore gamers. Are the benefits afforded by its extra onboard oomph really that significant? According to one big developer, the answer is “yes.” More →
There was no changing of the guard in the United States last month as new video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft continued to battle for top billing. The race in February was so tight, however, that the pricier Xbox One actually managed to pull ahead of the more popular PlayStation 4 in dollar sales. More →
Sony already has a sizable lead in the battle for top vendor in the current video game console generation, but that lead may soon be extended even further thanks to the promise of exciting new virtual reality technology for the PlayStation 4. Multiple unnamed video game developers have informed Edge Online that Sony plans to unveil its “Oculus Rift-beating” virtual reality headset next week. More →
March is the month of killer apps. Titanfall launched to rave reviews earlier this week, giving Xbox One owners a reason to speak to their consoles once again, and now Sony’s biggest exclusive of 2014 is right around the corner. If you’re curious about Infamous: Second Son, you can finally see what we played through last week during our hands-on time with the game, complete with all that gorgeous dynamic lighting and Neon-fueled city traversal. Taking the evil path, as the player did in this video, gives Delsin access to a separate set of missions with a sinister bent, using lethal force rather than handling protesters and the DUP through nonviolent means. Check out eight full minutes of gameplay from the PS4 exclusive below. More →
We already know that the PlayStation 4 has taken a strong lead in the early goings of the latest console generation, but where are those millions of customers coming from? According to DealNews, one of the key factors to Sony’s success has been converting the “swing gamers” — Xbox owners who have decided to ditch the Microsoft brand for PlayStation this generation. More →
In the midst of the hysteria that has resulted from a near simultaneous launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, fans and the press alike have been more concerned with which company has the competitive edge than how the market is behaving as a whole. Natasha Lomas published her own analysis on TechCrunch earlier this week, showing the vast disparity between console sales in January 2007 and January 2014. In January 2007, around 2 million game consoles were sold. In January 2014, that number was closer to 700,000. More →
As Wii U owners patiently await any signs of life, the creator of one of the console’s most anticipated games even has to admit that he likes what he sees in the PlayStation 4. Masahiro Sakurai, director of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and 3DS, was recently asked in an interview with Famitsu what he thinks about Sony’s PS4. According to Gematsu’s transtlation, although Sakurai has no interest in the “console war,” he sees the strengths of the PS4 and how the console can benefit game creators. More →
Ben Heck has been the face of the game console modding scene for quite some time. He managed to turn a hobby into a full-time gig with The Ben Heck Show, and his latest creation is one of the coolest we’ve seen yet. On the next episode of his show, Heck will introduce the one-handed PlayStation 4 controller to the world. The modified controller was requested by one of his viewers, and Heck hopes that the accessibility controller will allow disabled gamers to play PS4 games with a single hand. All the buttons on the left side of the controller have been reassembled on the right side, including the left analog stick, which has been situated on the back of the device. Check out a trailer below, and be sure to watch the full episode on Friday over at element14. More →
The DVD market is still alive and kicking, but Sony and Panasonic have already revealed the next-gen follow-up to Blu-ray Disc. The new format, dubbed Archival Disc, will allow for optical discs with storage capacities of up to 300GB, a six-fold increase over current dual layer Blu-ray Discs. As time goes on, Sony and Panasonic plan to expand the recording capacity to 500GB and eventually 1 terabyte. With a terabyte of data on a single disc, 4K suddenly becomes a viable option for home video releases. According to the press release, Sony and Panasonic plan to launch the first Archival Disc systems in summer of 2015. What this means for DVD, Blu-ray and the new game consoles remains to be seen, but with the stated goal of “expanding the market for long-term digital data storage,” we might see the proliferation of three separate formats next year.