• Sony’s Big Event on September 7: What Do We Expect?

    Posted on September 7th, 2016 Yuson Zou | No comments

    On September 7, 2016, besides Apple’s New iPhone release event, there is another event organized by Sony. Sony is holding a press conference that reveals detailed information about the upcoming PlayStaion 4 Slim (PS4 Slim) and PS4 Neo.

    How to watch:

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    Sony’s PlayStation event is happening in New York, at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. It starts at 3 p.m. ET, which is noon PT. Yes, that’s the same day as Apple’s iPhone 7 event in San Francisco, although the Sony event starts two hours after Apple, which should give you ample time to watch both. The PlayStation event will be streamed live on Twitch, the video broadcasting platform already built into the PS4 operating system.

    What to expect:

    The PlayStation VR headset is already dated for October 13, at $399 (£349 or AU$550), so don’t expect to see much more new information about that, aside from perhaps some new game announcements.

    PS4 Slim:

    It seems much more likely that Sony will talk about either one or two new console hardware products. The first is a slim version of the current PlayStation 4 console. For the moment we’re calling it the PS4 Slim. This comes on the heels of the Xbox One S, itself a slim version of Microsoft’s Xbox One. It’s worth noting that both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 eventually begat slim versions after a couple of years. In fact, Sony also did slimmer versions of the PlayStation 2 and even the original model.

    While the Xbox One S adds 4K video support and a couple of other new features, the leaked information to date about the PS4 Slim suggests it’s simply a smaller version of the original PS4. The PS4 Slim has already been spotted in the wild, and it looks as if there’s nothing much new about it, save a smaller footprint and modest controller differences.

    PS4 Neo:

    There’s also a good chance Sony will talk about its next console, which is rumored to be an upgraded 1.5 version of the PS4. Similar to Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, this semi-new console, code-named Project Neo, will reportedly add a new processor and graphics chip to the basic PS4 hardware, allowing for better game visuals, better VR experiences and maybe even 4K support.

  • Sony Will Release 2 PS4 Models in September: High-end 4K Model and Slimmer Standard Model

    Posted on August 24th, 2016 David Brooks | No comments

    Microsoft has already released its Xbox One S weeks ago. The new Xbox One S comes with a big shinning feature: 4K compatibility. People could not only play games with Xbox One S, but also play 4K Blu-ray on Xbox One S with ease. As the main rival, Sony’s PS4 will also come out soon in September. According to the reports, Sony would release 2 models of new PlayStation on September 7 conference: one high-end 4K model and one slimmer standard model.

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    The reports pointed out that Sony targets both hard-core fans and casual users of its PlayStation platform. Sony hopes to stay and improve loyalty of its users by creating a community and non-game content. The community would bring a constant stream of revenue via software downloads and subscriptions, while the non-game content includes cloud-based TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, etc.

    According to the reports, Sony would release a premium model of PlayStation 4 packed with superior graphics capabilities, which is greatly referring to 4K. And the report from Damian Thong, an analyst with Macquarie Securities, there would be a standard PS4 which comes with a slimmer case and a more affordable price. The existing PS device is $350. All these have shown a strategy improvement of Sony to grab more users with both high-end model and low-priced model.

    It’s easy to learn that the high-end PlayStation 4 will be mainly outstanding in compatibilities, especially to 4K. After all, its major rival, Xbox One S, has already come out with the 4K support. Besides, the high-end 4K model PS4 will have faster processing speed. The new, cheaper PS4 will be thinner and cost less than the current price tag of $350.

    All these reports would come out to be proved soon in September. For PS fans, another exciting news is that Sony’s Playstation VR is set to go on sale Oct. 13, bringing the company into the emerging virtual reality gaming sector with competitors like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive.