Sony officially announced the Playstation 4 for the first time way back in February 20, 2013. However, it was in E3 2013 last June that Sony fully gained respect and wide world recognition because of their used games and pro gamer/consumer policies. So far, it’s the number one console choice for gamers around the world. Although, it’s a bit early for that since both consoles for Sony and Microsoft have not been out yet. The amount of pre orders from retail companies such as Gamestop and Best Buy, shows that the PS4 is leading the race against Microsoft. The ruckus and issues with Microsoft’s anti consumerism and restrictive policies certainly paved way to Sony’s advantage. We all know that Microsoft already with held those policies but it made such bad image in the company that the effects are daunting. There are a lot of Xbox loyalists move to Sony’s banner because of this. Well, enough of Microsoft, let’s talk a little bit about Sony’s Playstation 4. The Playstation 4 is technically more powerful than the Xbox One. It’s memory is also faster than its competitor.
Here are the official Specs for the Playstation 4:
|Product name||PlayStation®4 Jet Black|
|Product code||CUH-1000A series|
|Recommended retail price||US$ 399, Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349|
|Main Processor||Single-chip custom processor
CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine
|Storage size||500GB Hard disk drive*1 (user replaceable)|
|External dimensions||Approx. 275×53×305 mm (width × height × length)
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
|Mass||Approx. 2.8 kg|
|BD/ DVD drive (read only)||BD × 6 CAV
DVD × 8 CAV
|Input/ Output||Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) port × 2
AUX port × 1
|Networking||Ethernet （10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T）×1IEEE 802.11 b/g/nBluetooth® 2.1（EDR）|
|AV output||HDMI out port
DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
|Included||PlayStation®4 system × 1
Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®4) × 1
Mono headset × 1
AC power cord × 1
HDMI cable × 1
USB cable × 1
Sony’s first-party studios have 30 games in development for the PlayStation 4, 20 of which are due to release within a year of the console’s launch and 12 of which are new franchises. This is more than Microsoft’s 15 games and 8 of these are new IP’s. As you can see, Sony definitely has the edge. Sony is well known for its huge exclusive games for the PS3, of which the Xbox 360 only has 2 well known hit exclusives. Sony has made exclusives like the Uncharted Series, Heavy Rain by Quantic Dream, God of War Series, Ni No Kuni, Metal Gear Solid 4, and the list goes on. While Xbox 360 has only Halo Series and Gears of War as huge exclusive hits.
Sony’s messaging regarding used games in E3 and its pro gaming policies has been received by gamers world wide. The issues with Microsoft didn’t do well with gamers because in E3 they were arrogant enough to say that “this is the future”, and after a week (possibly due to weak pre orders) they changed their policies. Well, we don’t know for sure but that’s one factor in looking at it. Sony bashed Microsoft with grace and sheer power. If this was a boxing match, Sony uppercut the face of Microsoft. Their clear messaging and emphasis on the gamers choice has certainly impacted a lot of audience. Abolishing the rules of DRM within Sony’s first party games and always online rule. Sony mentioned that Playstation 4 won’t need online requirement to play single player games and “it won’t stop working if you haven’t authenticated in 24hrs”, after Sony’s announcement regarding used games, everybody in the crowd cheer for joy. Whether the media were shocked or even relieved, it’s safe to say that it’s something of a positive note. Sony even made a short video on how to share Playstation 4 games, here is the link for it, how to share ps4 games.
The video is kinda hilarious, isn’t it? This just shows that Microsoft has gone overboard with their policies that even the most simplest way of sharing your games has been “re-enacted” by Sony so that the gamers would get their message by saying that they own the games that they buy and that they can do anything with the games that they purchased. They can sell the game or lend it to whomever and whenever, just by simply giving/selling it to their friend personally. That’s how Sony punched Microsoft in the face, they want to tell consumers and gamers that they don’t want to choke them and feed them something that they do not want in the first place.
To end this, Sony announced the price of $399 for the Playstation 4. That’s a hundred dollars less than the Xbox one, which is $499. Sure, Xbox One is more expensive because of kinect, but Microsoft required it in their package. Sony didn’t include the Playstation eye, because they don’t want to force their consumers to buy something that they don’t want. There are a lot of people who don’t like Kinect as well, so why force them to buy one? There are a lot of claims saying that they even hate Kinect. However, to be fair to Microsoft, the Kinect 2 sensor will get the consumers to “test” the new features of Microsoft. However, those new features are addressed to the casual or even non gamer. All Microsoft does is TV, television, TV, television, if you watched previous gaming news, you know what I mean. To put it simple, the hardcore gamers don’t care with those features, because it all comes down with games, of which Microsoft fails to understand. That’s why for this generation, Sony is a way better choice. From specs, price and games, the Playstation 4 will deliver entertainment into your living room with pure fun and pure quality. These are all facts and there’s nothing wrong if you purchase an Xbox One, but are you really sure, even though the Xbox One has turned 180, they have showed themselves to be money hungry corporate thugs that want to milk your money in every way possible that they can. I would rather buy a Nintendo Wii U than an Xbox One. Well, that’s just a personal choice. Good job for Sony, and let’s hope that this new generation of consoles would bring us more and more great and quality gaming experiences.