The critical consensus on the PlayStation 4 (including our own) has been positive so far, but how does the next-gen console fare when a group of design experts take a stab at reviewing it? Fast Company gave Teague, the design consultancy behind the original Xbox, a platform to share its thoughts on the PS4 from a design perspective. The results were decidedly mixed. More →
Back in 2006, a TechInsights teardown showed that it cost Sony about $688 to build the PlayStation 3 console it launched at $599. Locked in a tough battle with Microsoft, Sony’s decision to sell the PS3 at a loss was widely viewed as a prudent move. But in 2013, TechInsights estimates it costs Sony only $296 to build the PlayStation 4, which launched at $399. Sony could be launching the console at $299 or even $249, but is electing to price it high. This is a bit surprising for several reasons. More →
If the PlayStation 4 is any indication of the quality of the next generation of gaming, then it was worth the wait after all. I’m writing this review seven years to the day after Sony brought the PlayStation 3 to the United States, a console I swore I would never buy after Sony revealed the ridiculous price tag at E3. Seven years later, the Japanese electronics giant has value in mind and the PlayStation 4 is a bargain at $399.99. More →
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 →
One of the coolest features we saw in Sony’s own teardown of its new PlayStation 4 was how easy it looked to replace the console’s hard drive. In fact, the PS4 shown in Sony’s teardown video had a hard drive that was literally held in place by one screw, which means that even the less mechanically inclined of us out there shouldn’t have much of a problem swapping out the device’s 500GB hard drive for a bigger one if we need it. The team at iFixit tore apart the PS4 to see for itself if hard drive replacement was as easy as Sony made it look and found that it really is a simple little operation. 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.
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 →
One of the stranger stories that has been circulating for the past few months is the Xbox One’s supposed ability to run virtually any HDMI-compatible device through its HDMI input, even the consoles it will be competing against over the holidays. True or not, there had to be a catch, but according to an interview at the Penny Arcade Report, this might be a genuinely feasible way to add a console to your living room setup without taking up another HDMI port on the television. Jeff Henshaw, Group Program Manager of Xbox, said that “[i]f it puts out HDMI, it’ll work just great,” and any potential lag will be imperceptible to the human eye. More →