Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Random Sony News - Price Cuts and PS4s

It was certainly a press conference.

Yesterday was gamescom, a trade fair for the gaming community to step up and deliver after E3 is said and done and the final push for the end quarter starts to come down. Both Sony and Microsoft had a lot of people interested in what they might reveal, and while Microsoft has managed to get back to solid ground after an arguably very poor start with the Xbox One, Sony continues to keep on keeping on with the Playstation 4, although that was by no means the only highlight worth covering from their press meeting.

Perhaps the most significant piece of information was Playstation 4 related, namely the release date for the system: if you live in North America then you can expect to see them on store shelves on November 15th, while Europe will have to wait a little longer, until the 29th of that month. News about the release dates for other countries is unknown at this time, although I don't think it would be too much of a stretch to imagine that Japan might get it first, after all.

Other Playstation 4 news was interesting, if not something that makes me want to run out and get one the day it comes out. They're getting Minecraft as a launch title, they have console exclusivity for Hotline Miami 2, lots of indie stuff, since even though Microsoft has changed its tune regarding indie devs, they still have a lot of embittered people choosing the company that was helpful to them from the get-go.

Another big announcement was the fact that Twitch TV, the streaming choice for many players, is also coming to the PS4. This marks yet another large name that has come out with the company, with Valve being the first.

Other than the PS4 though, there was plenty to be happy about if you wanted a PS3 or a Vita and didn't feel like shelling out the dough for either of them. The Vita is getting a price cut to $200, and Sony is also releasing a 12 Gig version of the Playstation 3 that will be retailing for the same price. Admittedly a 12 Gig flash drive is really not big considering some of the installs that games need, but you can buff that size yourself with external harddrives which the system can use to beef up its memory.

All in all, there's nothing too terribly exciting, but a lot of the news is good news, not great, but good. The cheap PS3 is a nice potential purchase for people that have been wanting to pick one up now that they're going to be cheaper. I would say that it wouldn't be worth it due to the paltry harddrive size, but being able to use externals takes care of that. I would recommend looking up to see what backwards compatibility it has though, they tend to be all over the place these days.

As for the Vita. Well, I'm not sure that a price drop will really help the little machine in lieu of it simply having more actual noteworthy content. It honestly just seems like the PSP all over again, but perhaps this might at least be a step in the right direction.

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