It's the fall of 2006 and Sony has a problem. The PlayStation 3, the company's eagerly awaited and hyperbolically marketed successor to the best-selling video game console of all time, has not been well-received. The major issue is cost. With models launching at $499 and $599, the PS3 is shipping a year later than Microsoft's Xbox 360 and selling for $100 higher -- $200 more if you compare it with the hard drive-free Xbox 360 Core edition.
That placed the system out of the reach of many gamers, but it was a cost necessitated by complex, custom … Read more
Now that we're more than two months out from the mid-November release date of the PS4 and Xbox One, it's a good time to take a second look at both consoles with fresh eyes.
And right now, the PS4 is looking pretty good.
The Sony console has the edge on value -- it delivers a better value. And some recently announced gaming and entertainment features due later this year have the potential to make the investment in a PS4 pay off in 2015 and beyond.
The affordability appeal is twofold. The PS4 is available for $100 less than … Read more
Netflix has already recast itself as the Internet's leading television network. Wednesday, it overhauled how its service looks and behaves on actual TVs.
Chris Jaffe, vice president of product innovation from Netflix, said the process was a two-year effort that makes users think there is more, better content available to them. It also has subscribers watching more.
A new user interface was created specifically for the big screen; it's heavier on images and draws in more informative descriptions and personalized details about why Netflix is suggesting a particular title. For the first time, the new TV experience is … Read more
Updated November 22, 2013.
The original360 and launched before Netflix streaming was even available.
When the service debuted on living room devices in 2008, however, Microsoft's console was one of the first to get the dedicated Netflix app -- available only to Live Gold members. Sony followed a year later with an all-new Netflix interface -- and the requirement to use a special "streaming disc."
You've come a long way, baby. Today umpteen living room devices stream Netflix and many, many other online video and audio services, and we call 'em … Read more
With the imminent release of the Sony PlayStation 4 console, we can now take a look inside the exact retail box that will be sitting on store shelves starting November 15 (if they're not all sold out, that is).
The box for this 500GB console measures 18.5 inches wide by 4 inches deep by 13 inches high, and weighs 9 pounds. The outside art includes characters from the Infamous and Assassin's Creed games, as well as the (delayed) Watch Dogs.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Russ Frushtick reviews Call of Duty: Ghosts.
- People are cramming entire movies into GIFs now, and the results are mesmerizing.
- The Internet Archive seeks donations after fire destroys $600,000 of equipment.
The next-gen consoles hitting store shelves later this month from Sony and Microsoft look, and perform, very much like middle-tier gaming PCs, thanks to similar architecture that doesn't offer much mystery under the hood. Still, Sony decided to get the jump on the teardown crowd by dissecting its own console for those eager to get a glimpse at the guts of the PlayStation 4.
In a video, courtesy of Wired, Sony engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori cleanly dismantles the console, showing off its powerhouse processor that combines an 8-core AMD "Jaguar" CPU with an AMD next-generation Radeon GPU. … Read more
PS Vita owners who plan to buy a PlayStation 4 will want to grab the latest update for their portable console.
Slated to roll out Tuesday, a software update for the PS Vita promises a host of new features, according to a Sony blog post. Chief among them is an application called PS4 Link. The new link app will allow gamers to use the PS Vita for remote play and as a second screen for the PS4.
Specifically, users will be able to remotely control a PlayStation 4 and play a variety of PS4 games directly on the PS Vita. … Read more