Sony announced Monday that the PlayStation 4 has sold over one million units in the UK, 42 weeks after first going on sale.
The console is now the second fastest selling console in the UK, surpassed only by the Nintendo Wii, which reached the one million mark after just 38 weeks.
By comparison to other consoles the PS4 beat the PS3 to one millions sales by four weeks and the PS2 by eight weeks. Perhaps most pleasing for Sony is the fact it beat the Xbox 360 by 18 weeks, whilst the Xbox One has yet to reach its first million.
Back in 2010 we weighed up whether PlayStation Plus, Sony’s then new subscription service for PS3 owners, was worth your cash.
At the time we judged that perhaps the £39.99 annual entry fee wasn’t really worth laying down the cash for. Yes, you may have got your moneys worth in terms of access to games, but with the titles on offer not providing a compelling enough reason to commit, the service proved hard to wholeheartedly recommend. Not only that, but when staked up against Microsoft’s rival Xbox Live service, Sony’s alternative take on a console subscription service was viewed negatively, namely for not providing key features such as cross-game chat.
Since then a lot has changed, and it’s clear that PlayStation Plus is an ever evolving service. So with PlayStation 4’s now in homes across the country is the annual subscription worth your cash today? We take another look to give you our revised thoughts.
Sony has confirmed the final list of entertainment applications that will be available for the UK launch of the PlayStation 4 on Friday.
The list includes BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, BBC News, Demand 5, IGN, Netflix, Lovefilm and Vidzone. Also included are Sony’s own Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services.
This is the first UK only list as many of the previous listings included US exclusive apps. ITV and 4OD apps are not available at launch but its only a matter of time before they too join the growing app list.
Entertainment giants Sony and Channel 4 have forged a partnership ahead of the UK release of the PlayStation 4.
Now, this partnership isn’t the normal form of TV advertising that often accompanies a game or console launch, but instead presents a custom approach making use of Channel 4’s iconic idents.
Sony is seemingly planning to release a hardware bundle, containing both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita before Christmas.
When Sony first showed off the PS4’s remote play feature many were quick to suggest that such a bundle would be a no-brainer, giving the PlayStation 4 a Wii U-like off-screen experience. Now it would appear that such a bundle is set to become a reality.
DVD and videogame rental retailer Blockbuster will now honour PlayStation 4 and Xbox One preorders, despite previously announcing that all orders placed would be cancelled due to the firm having re-entered administration, however customers will have to act fast.
Placing over 2,000 jobs at risk, the company announced they would be re-entering administration on October 29th. Following the announcement, the firm revealed on their Facebook page that all pre-orders placed for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One would no longer be honoured, just three weeks ahead of the console’s launches.
At the time Blockbuster said in order to receive a refund for any pre-orders customers would have to write to the company via postal mail. This did not prove popular with customers, who took to the company Facebook page to complain.
In a series of Tweets published Tuesday, November 5th, Blockbuster said that they would now be fulfilling customer orders, working directly with Microsoft and Sony to ensure demand is met.
Like Microsoft’s Xbox One Tour, Sony are also touring their next home console around the UK, out doing Microsoft with a massive 62-date playable tour of the Playstation 4.
Running in conjunction with retailer GAME, the tour is already well under way and will see the console playable at over 50 locations more than the Xbox One tour, which is visiting only eight major UK cities.
A far more outreaching tour than its rival, the Playstation 4 tour is also visiting Scotland, with locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Livingston. Northern Ireland, however, has remained ignored by both manufacturers.
Eager gamers will get a chance to play titles including FIFA 14, Knack, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Super Mother Load, Pinball Arcade and Contrast.
A full list of the tour locations are available after the break.
Back in May Microsoft’s Xbox One was unveiled at a special media event, bringing with it a number of ill-favoured key policies, such as enforced Digital Rights Management (DRM), a compulsory Kinect camera and a £429 price tag (the latter of which was announced at E3). As a result of these unpopular decisions Sony’s PlayStation 4 quickly became the leading ‘next-gen’ choice in many gamers minds.
However, a lot has changed since then, with us now arriving at a point where things are a lot more even. So, with the playing field levelling out, does it really matter which ‘side’ you pick?
Sony announced at their E3 press conference that the PlayStation 4 will arrive in the UK in time for Christmas at a £349 price-point, coming in cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One.
For your cash you’ll get a 500GB “Jet Black” machine, along with a DualShock 4 controller, headset and all the necessary wires. The PlayStation Eye camera is not bundled with the console, and will be sold separately for around £45. Additional DualShock 4 controllers will set you back £55.
Driveclub and Killzone: Shadow Fall were confirmed as launch titles for the new home console.
Sony’s previously announced PlayStation Meeting 2013 is due to get under way in just a few hours, where it’s expected that the company’s next home console, the PlayStation 4, will be revealed.
The live event, which was advertised at last night’s Champions League game with the strap line “Be The First To Know”, gets started at 11PM GMT and can be viewed on the official PlayStation blog or via YouTube.
Whilst watching the event why not play along with our PlayStation Meeting Bingo? Our bingo card features a selection of safe bets, rumoured reveals, along with plenty of pipe-dreams, all put together with a healthy amount of guess work.
A cryptic video has been posted over on the PlayStation Blog teasing the 20th February as a very important date for PlayStation fans.
Unsurprisingly given various rumours about the incoming next-generation of consoles the belief is that the PlayStation 4, or whatever it may be called, will be announced — and there’s plenty of reason to take that as fact.