The Playstation 3 represented a role-reversal for Sony. Having been the reigning king of home video game devices, established by their highly successful launch of the Playstation 2, the electronics giant took a step back upon the release of the PS3. At the time, it’s functionality didn’t compare against Microsoft, the XBox 360 being considered the winner of the video game market cap war at the time. The PS3 was more expensive, it’s multiplayer platform was inferior, and the system-specific games were not as well engineered or efficiently promoted as the XBox 360 games. Microsoft decidedly won the battle of that generation of systems; but it has not won the war. Sony has bounced back in a big way with the release of it’s next-generation system in the PS4.
With the PS4, it’s clear that Sony wants the spotlight back, and based on the feedback collected at this year’s E3 Gaming Conference, the PS4 has been determined to be the more favored system. The PS4 was released today, with lines forming outside of Best Buys and other electronics stores as early as yesterday afternoon. The console is impressive, offering a number of improvements from the previous generation, particularly to the controller (which offers and interactive touch-pad), menus, and game sharing. Additionally, the console is being retailed at $399, which is $100 less than the XBox One, and well below the $500 – $600 launch price of the PS3.
Since PS3, much has changed in the way of information sharing. When the PS3 was released, the “smartest” phone out there was the Blackberry, but that technology pales in comparison to the new features offered by Droids and IPhones currently. Devices require snappier interfaces allowing instant access; those concepts are central to using the PS4. The device’s controller, for example, is shaped similarly to the PS3 controller, but now includes a speaker and the interactive touch-pad. The PS4 controller is far more ergonomic to the hands, being much thinner and having a larger surface area, and the battery life lasts between 4 and 6 hours before recharge.
The Start button has been replaced by Options, which the Select button has been replaced with Share. Say you pull of an incredible scoring play while playing FIFA Soccer, and you want to show it off; you can hit the Share button to hop into the menu to share the video clip as either an edited video, a screenshot, or broadcast gameplay using Twitch or UStream. Once the clips are edited, you can share them on Facebook or Twitter.
What’s so incredible about the feature is its seamless transition between games and upload sharing. Switching between games and apps is much faster, and once you’re done sharing whatever it is you want to share, you can quickly snap back into your game.
As for the hardware, the PS4 boasts fewer curves than its predecessor. It’s slightly larger than the slim PS3, but far smaller than the original PS3 behemoth launched seven years ago. Inside the box, players get a 500 GB console, DualShock 4 controller, HDMI cable, USB cable for connecting and charging the controller and vouchers for the PlayStation Plus online service, PlayStation Network and Music Unlimited.
More than 20 games are available as of launch, including high-profile PS4 specific games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, and the adventure game Knack. Other staples such as Call of Duty and Madden will also be available.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page http://dougmacfaddin.com/sony-has-stepped-up-their-game-playstation-4-reviewed/