published Tuesday, Jan 06th
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.
Sony has announced that the new, slimmer PlayStation Vita model will launch in the UK next week.
Originally announced in September, the svelte handheld first launched in Japan last October, and is now penned to arrive in UK stores on Friday, February 7th, priced at £180.
The new ‘PCH-2000′ model features an LCD display, 1GB of built-in storage and a longer battery life. As you’d expect the model is also thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
Following the announcement that the slimline model would now be making its way to the UK, Sony also explained that the former ‘fat’ model would be phased out.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 has become the fastest-selling console in UK retail history.
The new £349 next-gen console launched on Friday, November 29th, and quickly sold more than a quarter of a million units in less than three days.
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.
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.
Although the Tokyo Game Show may not get underway until Thursday, September 19th Sony Japan preceded it with a rather revealing PlayStation conference.
Alongside confirmation of a February 22nd, 2014 PlayStation 4 Japanese launch date (a whole 3 months after us Brits will see it), Sony also built upon their recent Gamescom showing to further push the PlayStation Vita as an appealing handheld for the masses, introducing a new refreshed model.
Can Sony tempt prospective buyers with a revised Vita console along with something that very few people expected – PlayStation Vita TV.
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 is to host a press conference at the upcoming Gamescom 2013 trade show in Cologne, Germany — as confirmed over on the company’s official European PlayStation Blog.
The event, which will be streamed live online, promises to showcase “the future of all things PlayStation” offering a glimpse at both “announced and unannounced titles”.
Beyond showing upcoming games it’s hoped that more specific details regarding the PlayStation 4, such as a set UK launch date, will be shared.
E3, the time when console platforms fight for your attention. With the Wii U already out and the Playstation 4 and Xbox One right around the corner, this years show is key to laying out our gaming future for the next few years to come.
Exclusive titles play a huge part in that in deciding which console you’ll pick up, so PS4, Xbox One or Wii U, which one will it be?
To make your choice easier Gamebrit has complied a list of the exclusive games shown at this years E3:
This week saw Sony-owned developers Studio Liverpool close their doors and cease business.
A official Sony statement reads: “As part of SCE Worldwide Studios, we do regular reviews to ensure that the resources we have can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects in an increasingly competitive market place”
“It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should be closed. Liverpool Studio has been an important part of SCE Worldwide Studios since the outset of PlayStation, and have contributed greatly to PlayStation over the years. Everyone connected with Liverpool Studio, past and present, can be very proud of their achievements.”