PlayStation 4 a Strong Game Market Contender for Sony: 10 Reasons Why

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-11-22 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEWS ANALYSIS: Sony's PlayStation business has long been important to the electronics maker. Since the first PlayStation launch in 1994, Sony became a fixture in the gaming business by delivering some of the best hardware and software the industry has seen. The PlayStation is such an important component in Sony's operation that the company pointed to it as a key component in efforts to return the company to profitable growth. The PlayStation 4, which Sony released Nov. 15 in the U.S., will now carry Sony's gaming torch. Right now, it seems to be doing a good job of it. In fact, Sony announced Nov. 18 that it sold 1 million PlayStation 4 units in just 24 hours. The company expects similarly strong demand for its console in the coming weeks as holiday shoppers pick up new gadgets for friends and family. Since its launch, I've had the opportunity to try out the PlayStation 4 and work with everything from its games to its network features. While the console is not perfect, it's an important step forward for a company that has always been a major force in gaming. Here are some of the key takeaways from the PlayStation 4's first week on store shelves and my own take on the hardware.

 
 
 
  • PlayStation 4 a Strong Game Market Contender for Sony: 10 Reasons Why

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - PlayStation 4 a Strong Game Market Contender for Sony: 10 Reasons Why
  • The Price Matters

    Sony's decision to price the PlayStation 4 at $399 could be a key reason the console sells well in the coming years. Sony's chief competitor, the Xbox One, will cost $499 when it launches Nov. 22. Considering Sony has already sold 1 million PlayStation 4 units, its price tag surely appealed to some of those buyers.
    2 - The Price Matters
  • It'll Look Nice in the Entertainment Center

    Sony has for years been delivering consoles that are good-looking. That's perhaps why it's no surprise the company's PlayStation 4 comes with a sleek, all-black finish and slanted exterior that will surely look good in any media center. It's a great design.
    3 - It'll Look Nice in the Entertainment Center
  • The Launch Lineup Is Rather Soft

    Over the past week, I've played a large number of games on the PlayStation 4, including Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Resogun and others. And while Resogun is exceedingly fun, the actual game lineup on the console at launch seems a bit limited. Sony is promising more games in the coming weeks, which should help matters, but right now, there aren't many high-quality games to try out.
    4 - The Launch Lineup Is Rather Soft
  • Sony Made Improvements on the Network Side

    Sony's PlayStation Network left much to be desired in the PlayStation 3. With its latest launch, however, Sony has made it much easier to find and buy games, and getting online to play with other gamers is a cinch. The console's network integration is close to that of Xbox Live on Microsoft's consoles.
    5 - Sony Made Improvements on the Network Side
  • The Visual Gains Aren't Yet Apparent

    Although the jump to the PlayStation 4 is a big one in terms of component power, the games available right now have yet to fully leverage the console's enhanced technology. Killzone looks quite good on the console, and so does NBA 2K14. But it'll be interesting to see just how great some games look a year from now when developers have the time and resources to take advantage of Sony's hardware.
    6 - The Visual Gains Aren't Yet Apparent
  • Microsoft Might Have Trouble

    After quite a bit of time using the PlayStation 4, it seems possible that the Xbox One faces strong competition. The console is more expensive than Sony's option, and its launch titles are similarly disappointing. What's worse for Microsoft, the Xbox franchise has never had much of a following in Asia, an important market for game system makers. Things are shaping up for Sony to dominate the latest generation of gaming devices.
    7 - Microsoft Might Have Trouble
  • Sony's Controller Is a Nice Improvement

    Sony made several subtle but important changes to its PlayStation 4 controller. For one thing, the controller is a bit bigger than previous models, making it easier to hold and play first-person shooters. The controller also feels more responsive and comfortable to use during long playing sessions. All in all, the Sony PlayStation 4 controller is quite nice.
    8 - Sony's Controller Is a Nice Improvement
  • The Device's Hard Drive Might Not Be Enough

    The PlayStation 4 comes with a 500GB hard drive. And although that might seem like plenty of storage capacity, after just a few days of playing games on the hardware, I filled up 20 percent of my available space. Granted, I'm what some might call a "hard-core" gamer and titles can obviously be removed from the storage, but it might be worth considering getting a bigger hard drive for the PS4.
    9 - The Device's Hard Drive Might Not Be Enough
  • Games Are Front and Center

    Sony was smart to avoid trying to build too much into the PlayStation 4. Yes, you can access movies and television shows from the console, but games are truly the centerpiece of its value proposition. Unlike Microsoft, which is trying to become the centerpiece of the living room with the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 is happy to be part of the total package.
    10 - Games Are Front and Center
  • The Early Adopter Curse Strikes Again

    Some folks who got their hands on the PlayStation 4 already have suffered from what's being called the "Blue Light of Death." A sizable number of PlayStation 4 owners have reported that their consoles have turned to bricks. Sony previously expected a 0.4 percent failure rate, which would put the actual failures so far at 4,000 of the 1 million units sold. While that might not seem like an excessive number, it's a real issue for those 4,000 customers.
    11 - The Early Adopter Curse Strikes Again
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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