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 →
Sony thinks you’ll like the PlayStation 4 so much that it’s willing to rip one apart just to show you why. Wired went to Sony’s headquarters in Japan to take a look at the PlayStation 4′s innards just days before the new console is scheduled to release on November 15th and has posted a video showing off just what makes the next-generation console tick. More →
If you’ve somehow managed to remain ignorant of the fact that Sony is about to release its next-generation console, this visual onslaught of PlayStation 4 launch trailers should help to clue you in. Each trailer focuses on a different aspect of the console: the DualShock 4 controller, the lack of technological boundaries for developers, the exclusive games and content, and the console’s compatibility with the PlayStation Vita. Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are sure to be featured heavily in increasingly unavoidable ad campaigns this month, and it will be an interesting race into the holiday season as Sony and Microsoft attempt to put any PR mishaps or broken promises behind them on the way to living rooms all over the world. Check out the trailers below. More →
It might be a good idea to go ahead and start planning out exactly how you are going to fill up your new console’s hard drive. Dave Thier from Forbes points out that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are each equipped with 500GB of internal storage, which is plenty to store dozens of current generation of games — but unfortunately for digital hoarders, launch games on PS4 and Xbox One will typically come in between 30 GB to 50GB in size. More →
Sony reported its fiscal second-quarter results on Thursday, posting a $196 million loss despite strong smartphone sales. The company said that revenue from its consumer electronics division is slowing faster than expected due in part to declining PC and high-definition television sales, but there may be something of a light at the end of this tunnel. During the company’s earnings call, Sony reaffirmed statements made last month, suggesting that it expects to sell 5 million PlayStation 4 consoles by the end of the current fiscal year. Should the company manage to meet its lofty goal, it would represent a massive 72% increase over the 2.9 million PlayStation 3 consoles Sony sold over the same period of time following its last console launch.
Earlier this month, Sony put together a succinct fact sheet detailing how to share digital games on the PlayStation 4. This turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg as Sony has now put an enormous FAQ online that answers virtually any remaining questions that potential customers might have regarding the console. There’s far too much to cover, and plenty not worth covering, but a few gems stick out. More →
By this time next month, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be sitting on store shelves all across the world… provided they both don’t sell out in their respective launch weeks. Gartner reports that the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony, as well as the Wii U from Nintendo, will be a major force pushing the video game marketplace to $93 billion in 2013, an 18% jump over last year’s $79 billion. More →
When the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One were first announced, the ability to share physical copies of games was rumored to be in jeopardy. This caused an uproar from the gaming community and eventually forced Microsoft to rethink its strategy on digital rights management on its next-gen console. Sony reaped the benefits of the PR backlash by gleefully rubbing Microsoft’s nose in the mess it had made, but until now, there has been no word on how (or if) digital copies of games can be shared with friends and family on Sony’s own console. Now, just over two weeks from release, Sony has posted a PlayStation 4 FAQ online that details exactly how digital game sharing will work. More →
With just a few weeks left until the release of the PlayStation 4, Sony has sent out a press release detailing the features that will be available on the console at launch. Many of the features were announced months ago along with the original reveal, but there are some noteworthy additions — as well as some omissions — on the list. More →
Sony ran into trouble last week when it had to postpone the release of Driveclub, a launch title and PlayStation 4 exclusive, immediately following Ubisoft’s surprising delays of Watch Dogs and The Crew. In order to combat the disappointment and reinvigorate fans, Sony has released a video promoting all the exclusive content coming to the PlayStation 4, from games that won’t show up on any other console to extra features that will only appear on the PS4 versions of huge triple-A releases. More →