Mark Cerny, the Sony engineer largely responsible for creating the PlayStation 4, shared more details on the work behind Sony’s new toy in an interview with DigitalTrends, revealing that he and his teams spent six years developing the product, while aiming for a Holiday 2013 launch. Off to a very good start considering its million-unit debut, the PS4 was conceived with great attention to hardware in mind, even though some of the technology behind it may not have been available at the beginning. More →
Is the pent-up demand for next-generation video game consoles the tech media has been talking up for the past few months real? Sony’s announcement from this past weekend suggests the answer is a decisive yes. The consumer electronics giant on Sunday announced that its PlayStation 4 launch was a huge success, with sales to end users having topped 1 million units during the console’s first 24 hours of availability. More →
Not content with only releasing a next-gen console, Sony took advantage of its New York launch event on Thursday night to announce a brand new entry in the hugely popular Uncharted series. Naughty Dog has become one of the most critically acclaimed studios under Sony’s umbrella, and the Uncharted series was a staple of the PlayStation 3. After capping off the last generation with The Last of Us (which is also receiving more DLC next year), the developer has started work on the next Uncharted, although there wasn’t much to reveal other than a vague trailer with a voice-over from Todd Stashwick, who will play a character in the game. Check out the teaser below. More →
After a long year of waiting, Sony has finally delivered the PlayStation 4, which is currently begging you to spend the weekend with a DualShock 4 in hand. You want to oblige, but you have neglected to pick up any PS4 games. You have read the reviews and you know about the curse of the launch lineup, but you can’t just sit around and wait for four months until Infamous: Second Son comes out. If this short story describes you, I’d like you to know that I’m in the same boat, so I’ve written this handy, completely unscientific evaluation of the three exclusive PS4 launch games to provide some assistance for befuddled gamers. More →
The next-generation has finally arrived. You’ve waited for months, read all the coverage, watched the unboxing videos, fought with fanboys in the comment sections of your favorite websites — all for this moment. The PlayStation 4 launched at midnight with what Sony claims to be a record number of preorders, kicking off a video game console holiday showdown with the Xbox One. More →
We’re still a couple of days out from the PlayStation 4 launch, but you can prepare yourself for Sony’s second screen experience by downloading the PlayStation App on your iPhone or iPad on the App Store or your Android device on the Google Play store right now. As Sony announced in February, the app is free and will allow you to respond to messages, check to see what your friends are playing, and even make rash purchasing decisions on the go. Any game you buy on the app will start downloading immediately on your PS4, so by the time you get home, you’ll be able to start playing right away. There will be some second screen functionality with the app, although those features have not been extensively detailed yet. For now, it’s just another reminder that you don’t have a next-gen console in your house yet.
With less than 48 hours left before the PlayStation 4 launch, there might be only one way to still secure a PlayStation 4 without a preorder. On the PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that it will have 444 additional PlayStation 4 units for sale at midnight on November 15th and The Standard, High Line hotel in New York City. The line has apparently already started forming, but anyone considering joining the line should note that the system can only be purchased with a credit card, so keep your cash at home. Along with the extra PS4s, Sony will also be holding a rather large launch event at the hotel, with an arcade, an interactive lighting installation, and the chance to play some PS4 launch titles with the developers. Even if you’ve already preordered your console, it might be worth checking out the event if you’re in the area.
Sony made the mini edition of the Xperia Z1 official just over a month ago, but at the time, the Xperia Z1 f was only slated for release in Japan. Ever since that announcement, there have been signs that Sony would bring the Z1 f to other territories under a different name, and now we have our first look at what appears to be the European version of the phone, known as the Xperia Z1s. The photos originally surfaced on the Russian forum 4PDA, and show off a phone that appears to have identical specs to the Xperia Z1 f: a 720p 4.3-inch display, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 2.2-megapixel front camera, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The leaked photos can be seen below. More →
Before there was Apple vs. Samsung… before there was iOS vs. Android… before there was BlackBerry vs. the world… there was Xbox vs. PlayStation. The age-old rivalry is about to kick into high gear again as Sony prepares to launch the PlayStation 4 this Friday and Microsoft gets ready to follow with its Xbox One debut on November 22nd. Gamers will take to Twitter, Facebook and video game forums to profess their love for their respective consoles, and they will unabashedly mock owners of rival consoles for having planted their flag on the wrong side of the fence. But according to one industry watcher, it doesn’t have to be like this. More →
Sony has massively high hopes for the PlayStation 4 this holiday season. Bloomberg reports that Sony is projecting at least 3 million PlayStation 4 sales before the end of 2013, keeping pace with the 5 million unit sales expected by March, the end of the fiscal year. The ceremonial unboxing video Sony released over the weekend might be nothing more than a flashy commercial for the next-gen console, but it also represents one of the final moves Sony will make before the PlayStation 4 goes out into the wild on Friday. The Xbox 360 handily won the last generation, with the PS3 taking more than two years to finally reclaim the top spot in sales, but the PS4′s lower price tag and earlier release date might give Sony an edge that it didn’t have last time around.
This Friday, the next-generation of video game consoles will finally be upon us, and in order to celebrate, Sony has released a ridiculously overwrought PlayStation 4 unboxing video. Included in the surprisingly thin box are the three vouchers Sony revealed last week, a tiny pamphlet that will serve as the Quick Start Guide, one DualShock 4 controller, an HDMI cable, an AC power cord (sans power brick!), a mono headset, a USB cable for charging the controller and the PS4 itself. Microsoft put its own Xbox One unboxing video online back in August, a slightly more tame and informative display than the leather glove light show that Sony has put on in its own video. Watch the official PS4 unboxing below. More →
With just a week until the PlayStation 4 release, Sony has revealed not one, but three perks that will come on a voucher in every PS4 box for a limited time. Per the PlayStation Blog, the first promotion is a $10 Sony Entertainment Network wallet credit for use in the PlayStation Store. You can spend the credit on the more affordable indie titles, download a full $60 game for a discount, or upgrade one of your PS3 crossover titles for free. You will also receive 30-day free trials for both PlayStation Plus, which is necessary to play games online, and Music Unlimited, although it appears you have to be a Premium Plan subscriber to take advantage of this one. More →
Gamers will argue until the end of time over which console is superior, but when the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One make their way to retailers later this month, only one box will contain a proficient media center. Microsoft has been harping on the extracurricular capabilities of the Xbox One ever since the original announcement, possibly to the detriment of its gaming audience, but it might have paid off as Sony reveals the entertainment apps that will be available on the PlayStation 4 at launch. More →