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PS4 is ‘First and Foremost’ a Gaming Console

Sony and Microsoft are both readying the big push for each company’s next-gen consoles during next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. As it stands, the Xbox One has faced its share of marketing mishaps amidst an increasing focus from Microsoft on selling the console as an all-in-one gaming hub. But during the AllThingsD11Conference, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai says the company is committed to keeping the PlayStation 4 directed toward gamers.

Image Source: Bloomberg

“The most important thing we need to make sure we do, at least initially, is that we all agree and understand that the PS4 is a great video game console that appeals to video gamers,” said Hirai. “If we miss that part than I don’t think we get the initial establishment of the console.”

Sony struggled to recapture the massive appeal of the PlayStation 2 when the company launched the PlayStation 3 back in 2006. A high price point and increased attention on the then year-old Xbox 360 forced Sony to rethink its original marketing strategies; strategies that ironically enough focused on an all-in-one entertainment hub with a push toward Blu-ray.

But in the years following the console’s launch, the PlayStation 3 managed to find more solid footing, catching up with the Xbox 360 and even outpacing Microsoft’s console in some regions.

Now, if Hirai’s comments and the recent PlayStation 4 unveiling are any indication, Sony is planning to market its next console to a more game-specific audience. But according to Sony’s CEO, the next-gen hardware will still have other uses.

“We take a look at this first and foremost as a game console,” said Hirai. “We don’t want to end there. That’s an area we will obviously reveal and talk about in the coming months.”



Round 1 Goes to PlayStation 4

With the first round of announcements behind us, the only thing that’s clear in the inevitable and perpetual Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 battle is that there is no clear winner. Microsoft finally unveiled its next-generation video game console on Tuesday and once all the dust settled, Anandtech’s Anand Lal Shimpi took a step back and laid out everything we know about these two beastly consoles. Lal Shimpi’s analysis is extensive and thorough, as always, but it boils down to this: Based on what we know at this point, Sony has the edge in terms of specs and raw power.

While both consoles make use of an eight-core AMD Jaguar processor — which is a big win for AMD — the PlayStation 4 features 1,152 GPU cores compared to the Xbox One’s 768 graphics cores. Sony’s new console drives 1.84 TFLOPS as a result, compared to the new Xbox’s peak shader throughput of 1.23 TFLOPS.

The PlayStation 4 also has the edge when it comes to system memory, featuring 8GB of 5500MHz GDDR5 memory compared to the Xbox One’s 8GB of 2133MHz DDR3 RAM. Embedded memory and embedded memory bandwidth for the Xbox One are still unknown.

What does all this mean? In terms of raw gaming power, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the clear winner. As we have discussed in the past, however, Microsoft and Sony’s missions appear to be diverging to an extent, as Microsoft continues to layer more home entertainment features on top of the Xbox’s gaming features.

For hardcore gamers though, the PlayStation 4 seems like the better bet at this point — assuming the allure of Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project is removed from the equation.


Sony Stock Up 9% After Xbox One Reveal

Sony’s stock closed today at 22.91 points, nearly two points higher than it was eight hours before. That’s good for a 9.25 percent jump in Sony’s market price, an outrageous jump that many companies would kill for. Then again, with such a low market valuation, such jumps aren’t unheard of for companies in Sony’s position.

Microsoft’s stock closed down 0.66 percent, seemingly unaffected one way or another by Xbox One.

Your first instinct might be that this has to do with Xbox One’s reveal, which was light on games and heavy on entertainment. That might be part of it, but as Bloomburg reports, the stock jump seems to have been driven primarily by a rumor we first reported on last week: Sony may be spinning off its entertainment division.

Bloomberg notes that the jump correlated directly with a report from massive Japanese newspaper Nikkei that the company is indeed “leaning toward spinning off its entertainment division,” which is primarily comprised of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment. Such a move was first publically suggested by Daniel S. Loeb, a hedge fund manager who happens to own 6.5 percent of Sony.

The article also notes that “Sony executives are holding their regular corporate strategy meeting in Tokyo tomorrow. The company has relied on profit from its entertainment division to offset losses from its flagship consumer electronics business.”

What Sony’s actual strategy is remains to be seen, but between this fresh Nikkei rumor and, presumably, Xbox One’s reveal, Sony’s stock is surging.

Source: IGN

PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Omni?


The chaps at Dual Pixels have unearthed a series of tantalizing  – albeit unconfirmed – chunks of information on Sony’s upcoming next-generation console, codenamed Orbis.

According to the site’s source, the machine won’t in fact be named the PlayStation 4 as previously speculated; instead it’ll be called the PlayStation Omni. The hardware will be “very capable” of pumping out visuals comparable to Direct X 11 technology, such as the Unreal Engine 4 and Frostbite 2.

As expected, the Omni will indeed be technically superior to the Wii U, though the leap won’t be quite as significant as some would have expected. In fact, the same source puts the new Xbox as more powerful than Sony’s next home console.

One of the more prominent features of the new hardware will be the omniviewer. This comes in the shape of a ‘slick’ head-mounted autosteroptic display designed to track the user’s head and presents a 360 image view with semi-transparent AMOLED screens.

This will essentially transform your bog-standard TV into a 3D compatible behemoth, in addition to throwing in augmented reality information outside of the screen. Meanwhile, the Omni’s new controller will have pulse sensors in the grips for biofeedback gameplay. No word on whether it’ll take the shape of the classic DualShock or the recently rumored Duo-Move pad, however.

Sony is apparently prepping a 160GB system with controller for $350-$399, and another pack including the omniviewer and a single game for $450-$499. The company is targeting a September 2013 release, which is slightly earlier than previous reports have indicated.

In terms of software, next-generation versions of Uncharted, Gran Turismo, Killzone and WipEout are in the works, alongside something called Omni  Fitness as well as a new Media Molecule title.

Take everything above with a pinch of salt though, as this is strictly rumor for now.