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Sony’s Play Station 4 battles Xbox in popularity

By SEAN YAMAKAWA | November 15, 2013

Sony and Microsoft may be best friends when it comes to computers, but the two companies have been duking it out in console gaming ever since Microsoft challenged Sony’s dominance in the industry with the Xbox. The PlayStation 2 outsold the Xbox by over 100 million consoles, but the competition is becoming increasingly tighter as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sales remain neck and neck.

        With the release of the PlayStation 4, Sony hopes to once again be the most popular choice for household gaming. You can snag a PlayStation 4 for $399 starting tonight, which is $100 less than the Xbox one’s starting cost. The latest video game console nonetheless offers a mouth-watering package for nascent and avid gamers. Internally, the PlayStation 4 contains two quad-core CPU’s paired with a state-of-the-art GPU capable of outputting up to 1.84 TFLOPS. The PlayStation 4 also bodies a new sleek design, 500 GB of storage, and includes an updated DualShock 4 controller- concave down thumb pads—finally.

        Sony has clearly focused much of its time on delivering a much more simplified and streamlined navigation experience on the PlayStation 4. This was one of the main criticisms of the PlayStation 3. Now, with the PlayStation 4, Sony has unified access to games, apps, and social media. Sony has also enhanced the remote-play feature on the PlayStation, which allows users to play PlayStation 4 games on their PS Vita over any Wifi network. There is barely any noticeable lag in the games even on the smaller screen, and could free up a television screen for users. The only foreseeable drawback is the fact that not many people own the PS Vita in the first place- something Sony wishes to change. Sony will also soon offer new iOS and Android apps that allow friends to view live streams of gamers’ playing.

        So far, games offered on the PlayStation 4 have magnificently displayed the graphical power of the system. Lighting, shadows, environment, and even skin tone of characters look realistic. The content and gameplay of lineup games have never been too spectacular, but developers are sure to release more hit games as PlayStation 4 console sales increase.

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