Great news gamers! While at Gamescon in Germany, Sony announced some excellent news: official release dates for the Playstation 4! The next generation console is set to release in the States on November 15th, and will be followed by Europe’s release date of November 29th, for $399. (Just in time for the Holiday season, duh)
That’s two jabs at Microsoft who have not confirmed a release date for the Xbox One, and who’s system is $100 more then the Playstation 4. Reports have been coming in that the Xbox One has been having productions issues, which is most likely WHY we don’t have an announcement date for the new gaming console but it’s slated for some time in November. Personally, I’m betting on November 5th, why? Because Call of Duty: Ghosts comes out on November 5th, and I can bet you Microsoft is working on a Xbox One/COD: Ghost bundle deal.
Regardless of Sony making jokes at a competitor’s expense, they had an excellent showing at Gamescon focusing on their Playstation 4 console/game release line up. Below is a list of titles you can expect to see debut with Playstation 4:
NBA 2K14 (2K)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
Skylanders Swap Force (Activision)
Need for Speed: Rivals (Electronic Arts)
Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
Madden 25 (Electronic Arts)
FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
NBA Live 14 (Electronic Arts)
Killzone: Shadow Fall (Sony)
Assassins Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft)
Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
LEGO Marvel Superheroes (Warner Bros. Interactive)
Sony also has a list of exclusive Indie games available on the PSN.
Now, I actually found this a little surprising as I had thought Microsoft had sealed the deal with Twitch and I was thinking it would be an exclusive feature on the Xbox One; however, I’m pleasantly surprised that Sony has also honey mooned Twitch into their own partnership. Frankly, I thought Sony would pursuit a deal with Uplay…But Uplay isn’t so hot for streamers right now…So it makes sense that Sony went out and secured a deal with Twtich, and it is very smart move. The only question remaining with Playstation 4 and Twitch, is if Sony will allow its gamers to record over HDMI without having to worry about HDCP (Like on the Xbox One) and without using those infamous converters that streamers have to deal with now on the Playstation 3.
All in all, this is pretty sweet deal for Twitch, who is playing both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One like a god damn harp; and in the long run what is good for Twitch is good for gamers who stream. Streamers are no longer met with as many limitations or hassles to get their footage up on the interwebz.
Sony iced the cake with some great price announcements:
The Playstation Vita has been brought down to $199. About time Sony, the age of handhelds is in dark times indeed. Dropping this price, and making it well known that your Playstation 4 can utilize the Vita, will entice gamers to actually thinking…they may want that Vita after all. (I’m sorry Persona 4, you’re an amazing game, but I seriously could never justify dropping nearly $300 to just play it again on a smaller screen)
The 12GB Playstation 3 – that was restricted to the European market-is now being released to North America for $199. It seems rather foolish to go out and buy a Playstation 3 when the Playstion 4 is about two months awa;, but Sony’s marketing came up with a pretty brilliant strategy to not only continue to make profit from the Playstation 3, but add to their conversion rate for the Playstation 4.
Here’s the deal: Gamers who buy the new 12GB Playstation 3 now, will be receiving incentive to convert to a Playstation 4. If you buy a games for the Playstation 3, and there’s a version available for the Playstation 4, gamers will be able to download the Playstation 4 version for a “discounted” price. Obviously, Sony didn’t say how much of a discount, but it’s good to know the company is looking out for it’s customers. It’s one of my biggest gripes about next generation consoles, I have this huge library of video games and NONE of them are backwards compatible for the new systems. It irks me, a lot. But, Sony softens the blow just a wee bit.
I think what really scored Sony and the Playstion 4 a home run at Gameson (besides actually announcing a release date!) is that Sony tries very hard to appeal to the gamers of this console- and this is where Microsoft failed considerably when they launched the Xbox One- making sure they kept on topics about gaming. Essentially, with all the presentations about the Playstation 4, Sony is trying to market and woo one particular crowd: hardcore gamers. In honest opinion, this is the best thing for company to do. Casual gamers, or people who want to the use the console as an entertainment system, are great, but they aren’t the kind of customers who will constantly comeback and in turn increase revenue for the Playstation 4. The gamer will buy games(even those silly exclusive titles), the gamer will purchase items on the PSN, and the gamer is who you want to please. And for that, I applaud Sony and it’s Playstation 4 for setting it’s priorities right.