The 5 Top Reasons To Buy A Sony PS4 Now

Posted: Jun 13 2014, 7:15am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 13 2014, 7:21am CDT, in News | Gaming

 

The 5 Top Reasons To Buy A Sony PS4 Now
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Read: The 5 Best Reasons To Buy An Xbox One – After E3 2014

Having indisputably come out on top at E3 2013, Sony found itself under far less pressure than Microsoft this year. The PS4 has a significant sales lead over the Xbox One and Sony execs oozed confidence throughout the show.

That said Sony didn’t rest on its laurels and if you have been tempted to hop aboard the PlayStation 4 juggernaut then you now have five even better reasons to do so:

1. New Exclusive Games
While ‘Halo 5′ and ‘Forza Horizon 2′ may (subjectively) give Microsoft an edge in this category, Sony pulled out its own big guns with the darker ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End‘ and ‘LittlebigPlanet 3‘.

Meanwhile it repeated Microsoft’s irritating trick of claiming ‘exclusives’ on multi-platform titles when both companies were really referring to where content would be available first. Sony counted the Xbox One’s earlier availability of DLC for ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ with an exclusive beta period for ‘Destiny’ on the PS4 from 17 July. Destiny will also be bundled with a stylish new white edition of the PS4.

Sony is also traditionally strong with indie developers and that theme continued with ‘Hotline Miami 2‘, ‘Broforce‘, ‘The Talos Principle‘, ‘Entwined‘, ‘No Man’s Sky‘ and ‘Abzu‘ (from the makers of Journey) the stand out announcements.

Meanwhile strong line-ups await both platforms with the aforementioned ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘, ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘, ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’, ‘Mortal Kombat X‘, ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider‘, ‘GTA V‘ and ‘Far Cry 4‘ all set to hit within the next 12 months.

2. PlayStation Now
Hyped for what seems like forever, Sony used E3 to confirm PS Now is just around the corner with a US beta kicking off in July. Sony also said it is testing several pricing models for Now, including rental prices ranging from $2.99 to $19.99.

The service, which will let you stream classic PlayStation games to a PS3, PS4 or Vita, is shaping up to be one of the key differentiators between it and the Xbox One – especially with Kinect seemingly headed for the scrap heap.

As for supported titles, Sony has added ‘God of War: Ascension’ and ‘Dead Space 3′ to over 100 games that will be available.

3. PlayStation TV
While Microsoft was keen to refocus on gaming with the Xbox One, Sony was at greater liberty to discuss entertainment services around the PS4.

The highlight was PlayStation TV (previously Vita TV), a device which lets users stream PS4, Vita and legacy PlayStation titles to any TV. Having previously only been available in Japan, Sony confirmed it will now launch in the US and Europe. Priced at just $99 (£60), its potential position as a Chromecast-for-gamers should have widespread appeal.

4. Original Programming
Much like Microsoft, Sony will start producing original content. E3 saw Sony announce ‘Powers’, a series based on Brian Michael Venice’s graphic novel. it will run initially for two seasons and is being produced by the team behind hit show The Walking Dead.

As the success of Game of Cards and Orange is the New Black have already shown on Netflix, controlling the distribution mechanism is becoming a key factor in television and the balance of power is shifting from broadcasters to tech companies.

5. Better Sharing
Certainly one of Sony’s smaller announcements at E3, but a significant one for gamers who enjoy sharing their gaming exploits with others.

The PS4 will add one touch YouTube sharing before the end of 2014 so all headshots, lap records, great goals and more can be easily uploaded to your channel.

Busts
While Sony had yet another strong E3, not everything blew the audience away and the short shrift given to its Oculus Rift rival Project Morpheus disappointed many.

Two brief demos – Jurassic Encounter and Street Luge – impressed (particularly the latter) but there was understandably no hint at availability or announcements for wider gaming support at this stage. Whether Project Morpheus turns out to be Sony’s trump card, or its very own Kinect remains to be seen.

In Conclusion
Sony built on its dominant E3 2013 in 2014 and it suggests the Xbox One will have a tough time catching up the ground it has already lost to the PS4. Many have written that Sony outdid Microsoft again this year and while I’d argue it was closer to a tie (especially with the price and performance improvements to the Xbox One), it does suggest Sony has done enough to maintain the PS4′s lead for the foreseeable future. Right now buying a PS4 means backing the favourite.

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