November 4, 2013

Next-Gen Launch Part One : Your Introduction to the PlayStation 4

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The future of console gaming is upon us, as this month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One will be released. This is the first of a two part set of articles detailing these next-gen systems and I will hopefully help to give everyone a run-down of what the systems do and which system might interest you the most. First up will be Sony’s PlayStation 4.

Sony’s brilliant Perfect Day PS4 commercial.


I could post a substantial amount of information in regards to the inner workings of both of the systems, but I will just keep it simple and concise. Both of these systems are much more powerful than the current Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and more powerful than most top of the line PCs currently. That being said, the core processors and memory of the systems have been reworked so that they are much more like that of a PC, which has already been noted to help make development a bit easier for game studios; this is good news for everyone. Some developers have said that the PS4 is more powerful than the Xbox One and games will look a bit better, but others have stated that both systems are pretty equal. Either way, everyone will win when it comes to how these new games will look.

KIllzone: Shadow Fall looks gorgeous. Image belongs to Sony.

KIllzone: Shadow Fall looks gorgeous. Image belongs to Sony.



What will you be playing at launch time? Well, on both systems there will be monstrous hit titles like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14 and even Lego Marvel Superheroes. Specifically, the PS4 exclusives at launch are a bit meagre on the store front, with Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack being the big guns Sony has brought out. On the indie game side though, there will be plenty of great downloadable titles like Resogun, Contrast and Octodad, which everyone needs to check out. Sony also has launched a new ad that states that there are already 24 games that have been announced for the PS4, with more than 180 in development. That being said, not a lot is known, but with titles like inFamous: Second Son and The Order: 1886 on the way, the future is already looking bright for the PS4.

New Sony commercial via IGN showcasing exclusives for PS4.


I think this is really the meat and potatoes of the new gaming experiences. Websites like Twitch have shown that gamers love to watch others play games, and both new consoles are capitalizing on this. The PS4 is said to be recording about the previous fifteen minutes of your gameplay. You can then go in and edit your own video and then post to YouTube or Twitch. The PS4 even has a share button built into the new controller to make it that much easier to show your friends and others how amazing you are at Skylanders. You will also be able to stream directly to your Twitch stream through the PS4, and I am certain that video recording of yourself will be enabled via the PlayStation Camera. All of these help to make the next-generation of gaming one that is an even more social environment.

Infamous: Second Son's version of Seattle looks phenomenal. Image belongs to Suckerpunch Studios.

Infamous: Second Son’s version of Seattle looks phenomenal. Image belongs to Suckerpunch Studios.



This is probably the biggest selling point for a number of consumers. We are students after all and money is everything, so this may have some impact on your choice. Sony’s PS4 is the one that definitely appeals to wallets a bit more as it sits at a $399.99 price point. While it is cheaper due to the fact that it does not come with the PlayStation Camera, you can pick one up for $59.99 if you so choose at launch. The other thing to note is that if you want to play online you need a PS Plus subscription. On the PS3 you can play online for free but things have changed for this new system. However, to access apps like Netflix on your PS4 you don’t need the subscription, as opposed to the Xbox One which still hides all of its apps behind a paywall.

Knack is looking like a fun, accessible title. Image belongs to Sony.

Knack is looking like a fun, accessible title. Image belongs to Sony.


This sums up the first part of our guide to the launch of the next-gen consoles and hopefully this helps to shed a bit of light on the perks of Sony’s new gaming console. Join us next week as I will look at the Xbox One and see how it stacks up, and then find out which of the two I will be getting at launch.

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Recultured Team
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  • Mark Woo

    A man after my own heart! Good unbiased look into next gen. Looking forward to part 2!

  • Zac LaRocque-Walker

    Thanks! I am a lover of all things nerdy and I try not to have a bias. I currently have the main 3 systems right now and am certain I’ll own both next-gen consoles over the next few years. It’s inevitable.

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