A video game console’s exterior hardware is undoubtedly the least important part of the gaming experience, but fans were still angry when the PlayStation 4 event came and went with no physical console having been unveiled. As expected, however, Sony plans to debut its new console design during the annual E3 conference that kicks off next month on June 10th. In a newly released promotional video, Sony teased the PlayStation 4 console for the first time, showing blurry images of the box and zoomed-in pictures of various parts. It’s impossible to make out the PS4′s final design for the time being, but all will be revealed in under a month during Sony’s E3 press conference. In the meantime, the full teaser video follows below. More →
Nintendo is off to a rough start with its new Wii U video game console and Activision CEO Bobby Kotick thinks Microsoft’s “Xbox Infinity” and Sony’s PlayStation 4 could see similar tepid debuts when they launch ahead of the holidays this year. “We continue to face the uncertainties of the console transition” Kotick said during Activision’s earnings call this week. The executive noted that Nintendo’s Wii U has had a “very slow” start, and he warned that “uncertainties” in the coming year might impact Activision’s performance. More →
In the video game industry as in many popular video games themselves, a fierce rivalry has taken center stage. Sony took a commanding early lead and its PlayStation and PlayStation 2 systems are both among best-selling video game consoles of all time at No.4 and No.1, respectively. Then the tide turned and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 edged out the PlayStation 3 in the current generation console wars, having recently posted its 27th consecutive month as the top-selling console in the U.S. But we may soon see this rivalry fade as the missions of Microsoft’s next-generation “Xbox Infinity” and Sony’s PlayStation 4 begin to diverge. More →
It’s not only financial analysts who are bearish on the prospects of new gaming consoles from Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) — gaming industry pioneers aren’t too optimistic either. In an interview with Gamespot, Bioware cofounder Dr. Greg Zeschuk said that neither the next Xbox nor the PlayStation 4 are likely to fix the “sick market for old-school gaming” that the industry has found itself trapped in recently. Zeschuk, who cofounded the company responsible for the popular Mass Effect and Dragon Age series, went onto say “that unless Microsoft or Sony pull something magically out of a hat, it’s pretty much the same old, same old repackaged,” and that the new consoles will have a minimal impact on the retail market for high-end games.
Sony (SNE) on Wednesday shed some new light on the PlayStation 4′s all new controller at the Game Developers Conference, The Verge reported. One of the most predominant features of the new DualShock 4 is a two-point capacitive touchpad on the front of the controller that can support a variety of gestures such as flick, pinch and twist. The touchpad can be utilized by developers for on-screen slider buttons, navigating the user interface or can even act as a cursor controller. More →
Gamers around the world are excited for the holidays following Sony’s (SNE) recent PlayStation 4 unveiling, but not everyone will want to shell out an estimated $500-$600 on the company’s new console. As such, budget-minded gamers who aren’t afraid to adopt a current-generation system on the eve of a new launch will be happy to know that PlayStation 3 pricing is likely about to plummet. More →
There may come a day when diehard video game fans ditch their consoles completely in favor of PC gaming. Following the unveiling of Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 4 console, and just ahead of Microsoft’s (MSFT) next Xbox’s debut, the CEO of leading game lab Crytek offered Eurogamer a grim dose of reality: neither of these next-generation consoles can compete with PCs in terms of the technology that powers them. More →
Although we still don’t know what the PlayStation 4 will look like, Sony (SNE) has continued to release additional details about its upcoming gaming console since announcing it at an event last week. Shuhei Yoshida, the head of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, revealed in an interview with The Guardian that every single PlayStation 4 title will be available digitally and only some will be offered on discs. More →
Count Goldman Sachs analyst Takashi Watanabe as being pessimistic on the PlayStation 4′s chances for success. Per Business Insider, Watanabe has penned a new research note that casts doubt not only on Sony’s (SNE) new console specifically, but on the gaming console business as a whole. Specifically, Watanabe thinks that smartphones and tablets are poised to erode consoles’ installed base because more people can get their gaming fix through cheap games such as Angry Birds and Cut the Rope rather than spending $60 to buy the latest version of Call of Duty. This lower installation base leads to negative reinforcement where developers are less likely to invest in developing top-notch games for the platform, which further erodes consumers’ willingness to shell out cash for the console. More →
Executives at GameStop (GME) breathed a collective sigh of relief Wednesday night as Sony (SNE) finally dispelled rumors that its next-generation PlayStation 4 video game console would block used games. Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 during a press conference on Wednesday and while it did confirm that PlayStation 3 titles will not be natively supported on the new console, Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer that ”used games can play on a PS4.” Sony’s next-generation video game console is powered by an eight-core Jaguar CPU, an AMD Radeon GPU and 8GB of RAM, and it will launch ahead of the holidays this year.
Sony (SNE) unveiled its next-generation PlayStation 4 video game console on Wednesday evening, and the console looks impressive to say the least. Powered by an eight-core CPU, a powerful GPU and 8GB of RAM, Sony is calling its new PlayStation console “the evolution of gaming.” The PS4 is packed with power and a host of new social features, and Sony confirmed on Wednesday that it will launch the new console ahead of the holidays this year. No specific release date or pricing were announced. More →
Sony (SNE) on Wednesday finally took the wraps off of its highly anticipated PlayStation 4 video game console during a press conference in New York City. The next-generation PlayStation features a brand new design, new controllers and a serious bump in specs that will give developers a platform on which they can push the boundaries of home gaming like never before. More →
Sony (SNE), Microsoft (MSFT) and Nintendo (NTDOY) are no strangers to the battle for video game console supremacy. Each company has taken its turn at the top and Microsoft has the edge right now as its Xbox 360 just recorded its twenty-fifth consecutive month as the best-selling home console in the United States. In 2013, however, the slate gets wiped clean. Nintendo got a head start by launching the Wii U ahead of the holidays last year, but it’s off to a rocky start to say the least. Now, it’s Sony’s turn to shine. Rumors have come hot and heavy for the past few months and today we’ll finally see what Sony has in store for us with its next-generation PlayStation 4. Will Sony’s new console be impressive enough to help revive the slumping video game industry when it launches ahead of the holidays this year? Tune into our live coverage below to find out. More →