The PlayStation 4 took an early lead last fall, partially because of Microsoft’s PR stumbles and partially because of a promising lineup of exclusives scheduled to release in the following months, but Sony isn’t giving Microsoft a chance to catch up. The Wall Street Journal shares the latest data from research firm iSpot, which shows that Sony has spent nearly $60 million on TV advertisements for the PS4 since the beginning of 2014. More →
The strong early sales performances of the Xbox One and PS4 consoles have caused some jubilation. The PS4 is clearly leading the Xbox One in sales volume at this point, but both consoles can be claimed to have beaten expectations at least marginally. One sign of this strength can be found in the share prices of Electronic Arts and Activision, which have jumped giddily since the new consoles hit stores.
Some lucky gamers got a sneak peek of Destiny, Bungie’s new massively multiplayer shooter during a short First Look Alpha test earlier this month, but the beta test will bring in a much larger crowd. Unlike the alpha, the Destiny beta will be available on every current and last-gen console, including the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. PlayStation owners will get in first on July 17th, but Xbox gamers will be able to join before the end of the month. More →
It’s been said before but it bears repeating: Microsoft inexplicably shot itself in the foot in creative and amazing ways when it unveiled the Xbox One last year. Whether it was telling gamers who didn’t want to check in online once a day to buy an Xbox 360 or being completely unable to coherently explain its reasons for putting new restrictions on used games, Microsoft spent 2013’s E3 making one unforced error after another. To the company’s credit, it has backtracked off some of its most controversial decisions but that may not have been enough to fully reverse the damage that Microsoft did to itself last year. More →
Console launches, much like elected officials, never quite live up to their promises. When Sony and Microsoft spoke of all the revolutionary features that would be present on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we knew we should remain cautiously optimistic until they were actually sitting in our living rooms. As expected, a few of those features weren’t finished in time for launch, but at least for the PS4, Sony says they aren’t dead yet. More →
It’s hard to imagine Sony would have much to complain about given that the PlayStation 4 is continually toppling its competition from Nintendo and Microsoft month after month, but stock shortages, which were heavily reported around the console’s launch, have apparently endured throughout 2014. Speaking with TrustedReviews, Sony admitted that the PS4 is just now beginning to close in on a full production run. More →
You might not have been able to attend E3 2014, but you can now watch one of the best demos available on the show floor. In the latest episode of Kojami Station, Hideo Kojima and a few members of his team sat down to run through the 30 minute demo of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that we saw at E3, complete with all the horse riding, guard neutralizing and sheep capturing you missed out on last week. More →
If we learned anything at E3 this year, it’s that 2015 is going to be packed with some of the biggest releases of the decade. It’s hard not to be distracted by The Witcher 3, The Order: 1886 and Halo 5, but PS4 owners might not realize just how much they have left to look forward to before the end of the year. PSGamer has put together a list of 40 PS4 exclusives that are still expected to release in 2014, more than enough to keep many gamers occupied until next year. More →
2015 is going to be the year that all the potential of next-gen finally comes to fruition. With an extensive amount of development behind them, both major developers and indie studios alike will have the experience necessary to start taking advantage of the power within the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. We can see glimmers of what this generation will be in some recent releases such as Watch Dogs and Titanfall, but we’ve only scratched the surface. In 2015, we’ll have arrived.
As revealed during Sony’s E3 press conference last week, Destiny is going to be chock full of exclusive content for PS4 and PS3 owners at launch. PlayStation VP Adam Boyes didn’t have enough time to share every detail during the show though, so social media manager Sid Shuman has taken to the PlayStation Blog to outline all of the PlayStation exclusives. More →
As the previous console generation stretched into its eighth year, game sales had nearly slowed to a halt. It took the release of the PS4 and Xbox One to begin the recovery process, but May 2014 represents the first period in six months that software sales haven’t seen a decline. In fact, total video game sales were up 52% from May 2013, owing to both a 95% growth in hardware sales and the release of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8. More →
It looks like 2014 is primed to be the year of the PlayStation. The Wall Street Journal reports that, for the first time in years, Sony has taken the lead with combined home console and portable hardware sales worldwide. After conceding to Nintendo last year by just 200,000 units, the popularity of the PlayStation 4 and continued adoption of the PS Vita have given Sony a comfortable lead at 18.7 million combined sales, 2.4 million over Nintendo and 7.2 million over Microsoft. More →
No matter how much you want it to be, Bloodborne is not a sequel to Demon’s Souls. Call it a spiritual successor if you want, but Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, has been constantly telling the small group of press assembled to see Bloodborne in action for the first time that this is not another Souls game. Bloodborne is a different beast entirely. More →