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.
Sony’s dreadful quarters are becoming something of an earnings season tradition. This autumn was no exception; movie flops, weakening camera sales and the slumping PC market form a gruesome background to this Halloween spectacle. What must be particularly humiliating is the way that Samsung is now absolutely hammering Sony in the TV market. Only a few years ago, Sony was the gold standard for high-end TVs and Samsung just a tacky wannabe. Oddly enough, the one division that is showing a flicker of light is the smartphone unit, which delivered torrid 39% sales growth. More →
Sony said shipments of its Xperia smartphones were strong in the September quarter, but weak camera and PC sales coupled with the flop of its big-budget feature “White House Down” dragged the Japan-based giant into the red once again. The company on Thursday posted its results for the fiscal second quarter, during which it lost about $196 million on sales that grew nearly 11% on-year to $18.1 billion thanks to the weakening yen. Sony warned that its electronics business is weakening more quickly than it expected, however, as TV and PC sales continue to slow. The company still forecasts a full-year profit of about $300 million thanks in part to its upcoming PlayStation 4 launch, though that estimate is down 40% from the $500 million profit Sony projected earlier this year.
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 →
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 →
Console launches are infamous for the underwhelming launch games that come along with them. Developers just don’t have enough time to spend with the system to know its strengths and weaknesses before having to release their first next-gen titles, but this holiday season is looking even more grim than usual as delays have begun pushing some of the most exciting games out of the release window for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. More →
There has been a changing of the guard in the U.S. video game console market and for Microsoft, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. With the next console generation right around the corner and several analysts predicting Sony’s PlayStation 4 will have the upper hand this time around, Microsoft’s run at the top in the U.S. market has come to an end prematurely. The company’s current-generation Xbox 360 console had been the top-selling home video game console in America for 32 consecutive months according to market research firm NPD Group, but that unbelievable streak came screeching to a halt in September as the PS3 pulled ahead. More →
It has been seven years since Sony released the PlayStation 3, and this week you can finally get your hands on its successor. Sony has set up demo kiosks all around the U.S. so that gamers can get their hands on the PlayStation 4 weeks before its November 15th launch. According to the PlayStation Blog, the first wave of kiosks can be found at Sony Stores, but other retail locations, such as GameStop, Walmart, Target and Best Buy will also feature units in the coming weeks. The games that will be available for sampling include Knack, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, FIFA 14, Contrast, Super Motherload, and Pinball Arcade. Check and see if a kiosk is in your area at the Experience PlayStation site.
When Kevin Butler first showed up on TV screens around the world promoting the PlayStation brand, it was clear that Sony might be on to something. There’s no telling whether or not the company’s commercials sell systems, but they often start conversations and the latest ad in the Greatness Awaits campaign for the PlayStation 4 is no exception. The ‘Perfect Day’ spot, featuring the Lou Reed song of the same name, has now been released alongside GreatnessAwaits.com, a new social media hub where soon-to-be PS4 owners can share tweets, Vines and Instagrams of anything PlayStation-related. The site is also keeping track of social mentions, and as of this writing has already collected more than 7,000. The commercial can be seen below.