Sony’s PlayStation 4 goes on sale in North America on Nov. 15, a week before Microsoft’s new Xbox One debuts.
The company is hoping to win over gamers with immersive, realistic game worlds and easy online sharing with friends to follow the PlayStation 3, which debuted in 2006.
Sony is also including 22 games in the PlayStation 4 launch to appeal to a wide appeal of fans of genres ranging from military shoots to sports simulations to family-friendly adventures. It also comes with media apps like Hulu and Netflix that may appeal to people who are not gamers.
Here’s a look at the new console.
Pictured: Characters from Sony PlayStation arrived outside a hotel in New York on Nov. 13.
What’s in the box?
The PlayStation 4 is a slender, unobtrusive box that plugs into your TV via a 6-foot HDMI cable. Once you’ve turned on the power, it takes just a few minutes to connect to the Internet and create or update a free account on Sony’s PlayStation Network.
You also get a DualShock 4 controller with a Micro-USB cable to charge it. A monoaural earbud is provided for online chat and can be plugged directly into the DualShock controller. Headphones with a standard 3.55mm plug can also be used.
The latest Playstation 4 and its on-screen user interface has been streamlined, with a horizontal bar of large icons for games and apps. Next
Sony set the price for PlayStation 4 at $399, which is $100 less than the Xbox One, but $100 more than Nintendo’s year-old Wii U. The PS3 will also still be available for $200. Next
The DualShock 4 controller resembles that of the PlayStation 3, but adds a touchpad and a “share” button. The “share” button can be used to post gameplay footage and screenshous. Gamers can also invite friends to watch them play a game or hand over the controls virtually.
The controller also has a touchpad and Move motion sensor.
What the clickable touchpad does varies from game to game. For example, in “Killzone: Shadow Fall,” the touchpad is used to send orders to a combat drone. The top of the controller also has a light bar that changes color to indicate player status. In ‘‘Killzone,’’ red means your character is close to death.
The Options button is about the same as the old Start button. Next
The console is built around around computer processing and graphics processing units custom-built by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Sony says the PlayStation 4 has 10 times the processing power of the PS3. That should translate into higher screen resolution (up to 1080p) and faster frame rates (up to 60 frames per second), meaning more detailed environments, more realistic lighting, smoother animation, and huge online multiplayer matches.
The big drawback is you can’t play any PlayStation 3 games on the new machine. Next
Sony said there are more than 180 titles in development for PlayStation 4. Of those, 33 will be available by the end of the year on Blu-ray Disc or digital download.
Pictured is a scene from “Knack,” which was created to be the perfect beast to show off the spectacularly vamped up visual powers of the game console. The hero of the game, also called Knack, shown at right, is made up of 5,000 parts that cluster together and hang in the air to shape its ever-metamorphosing form. Next
Multiple entertainment apps will be available for the console, including Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video.
The entertainment apps can be found in the PlayStation Store.
For sports fans, apps for NBA Game Time and NHL GameCenter LIVE will be available for streaming out-of-market games.
Sony lists 11 features that will be available when the system debuts.
The features include:
Remote play: Users will be able to access PS4 titles displayed on their living room TVs and play them on a PS Vita system over Wi-Fi networks by using PS4 Link 2.
Second screen: Users can use the PS4 Link 2 application for the PS Vita system, and PlayStation App for iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets, to use these devices as second screens in supported titles.
Broadcast and spectate gameplay : The PS4 system also enhances social spectating by enabling users to broadcast their gameplay in real-time to game fans around the globe, using Ustream and Twitch live internet streaming services.
Sony provides two ways for users to view live broadcasts. First, the Live from PlayStation application on PS4 aggregates streams from all PlayStation users. Second, users can watch friends’ PS4 gameplay from PCs, and applications such as Ustream, Twitch, and browsers, which are installed on their mobile devices. These applications can be started via PlayStation App, and users can also use these applications to post comments to gameplay broadcasts. Furthermore, users with PlayStation Camera can stream camera images and microphone sounds along with their live gameplay broadcast. Back to the beginning
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