HARRISBURG, Pa., August 27, 2013 – As anticipation grows for the arrival of new game consoles, both Xbox and PlayStation fans have been awaiting the arrival of their respective system’s latest updates. During the Gamescom 2013 conference in Germany, both Sony and Microsoft finally got around to releasing information on their new consoles. That information game to a surprise to many, as some actual numbers and specs were made public in addition to games that will be released along with the consoles.
PS4 Releasing Before Black Friday
U.S. customers are expected to have the new PS4 console in-hand by November 15, 2013, while Europe is expected to receive them two weeks later. While the PS4 is arriving later than most had expected or desired, November availability still allows customers to purchase their gaming systems in time for Christmas. That’s great news for eager kids hoping to get one as a gift instead of that AnySize Basket filled with lumps of eco-unfriendly coal their parents have been warning them about.
From a marketing standpoint, Sony’s late summer information dump at the conference should prove timely, providing their new gaming system with a big boost in the sorely needed excitement and anticipation departments.
Sony announced that it currently has over 1 million pre-orders in for the new system already, almost double the pre-order backlog of the last game console release. What does all this mean for many customers? Pre-ordering is a necessity for anyone who wants to purchase the gaming console immediately, since it remains unknown how many gaming consoles will actually be available to stock the shelves of retailers.
Sony PlayStation Specs
Sony’s PlayStation is expected to blow its competition, Microsoft Xbox One, out of the water. The power and design of the PlayStation 4 alone is expected to capture the attention many more customers than Microsoft’s offering.
The specs for the PlayStation 4 are as followed:
- Single-chip custom processor
- A CPU of x86-64 AMD ‘Jaguar’ 8 series
- A GPU of 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon graphics engine
- 8GB GDDR5 memory
- 500GB built-in hard drive
- 2.8kg in weight
- Size dimensions: 305x53x275mm
- BD 6xCAV
- DVD 8xCAV
- Super-Speed USB 3.0
- IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Digital Output
Sony to Cut Back on Wait Times
One of the core complaints about Sony’s PS3 was the excruciatingly long wait time for downloads. Whether you were downloading game updates, system updates or new games – the interminable wait time seemed impossible to control.
According to advance reports, however, with the new PS4, wait times are something that will be left in the dustbin of history along with fading memories of the PS3.
Sony announced that it would also allow game updates to be installed in background, allowing players who want to play a quick game to do so without being stymied by game update lag time. When downloading new games, players are being assured they’ll have a significantly less wait time as well. The console will download the main game code and the first level and give you the opportunity to initiate play while the system downloads the remainder of the game in background, presumably without a performance hit.
Players will also be able to pause their games and put their system into standby mode, just like on a computer. In a push of a button, players can instantly resume their game play with no wait time or system startup.
Sony Expects to Triumph the Competition
Over all, Sony is expected to have better graphics and features than Microsoft’s Xbox One. Since Microsoft has yet to provide a release for their Xbox One, however, it can only be anticipated that the Seattle software giant will follow suit and make its latest console available around the same time as the PlayStation 4.
That said, Microsoft had better have super specs and great marketing tactics ready to go, because many players are already reported to be aiming toward acquiring a PlayStation 4 rather than a Microsoft Xbox One.