An upcoming Sony PlayStation sale called the “Days of Play” sale will offer discounts on the PS4 hardware and games. In addition, there will be a brand new limited-edition model of the PlayStation 4 unveiled. The limited-edition PS4 will be known as the “Days of Play” edition and features a sharp blue and gold design on the platform and controllers.
According to Forbes, Sony will make the limited-edition PS4 available on June 8th, but only as supplies last. The new model which is blue with gold symbols on the console will cost $299.99 in US dollars or $379.99 Canadian. The special limited-edition model will be a Slim model of the console which has a built-in 1 terabyte hard drive and includes one game controller with it. That gamepad is also blue with a gold PlayStation logo on the touchpad.
As far as the Days of Play sale goes, it is scheduled to start on June 8th and run through June 18th. The sale will feature PlayStation VR bundles starting at $199.99 US or $249.99 Canadian, as well as the Jet Black PS4 Pro for $349.99 US ($449.99 Canadian). The Dualshock 4 wireless controllers in all colors will be $39.99, while the PlayStation VR Aim controller will be $49.99, but only available in the United States. Also, Sony will reduce the PlayStation Move motion controller 2-pack to just $79.99 for the sale.
In addition to all of the hardware options, there have already been a number of game titles announced as part of the sale. According to a report from The Verge, among the titles revealed so far will be God of War for $49.99, Gran Turismo Sport for $19.99, MLB The Show 18 for $39.99, Bravo Team for $29.99, as well as Farpoint and The Inpatient for $14.99 each.
The dates for the annual Days of Play event seem to line up with E3, the annual electronics expo held in California. While the press conferences for the big event start on June 9th, the actual E3 show begins Tuesday, June 12th and runs through Thursday, June 14th. Sony will hold their portion of the E3 conference on Monday, June 11th, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time or 6 p.m. Pacific Time.
One of the biggest exclusives for the PlayStation 4 released today: God of War. This marks the forth title in the main series, but it is the most groundbreaking title to date. Kratos, the main character of the series has moved from his comfort zone, switching from Greek mythology to ancient Norse. Kratos is going through another change in familiarity as well in the form of a child.
This is not the first time Kratos has had a child. Any one who has played the series remembers exactly how the games started off. The god of war Ares tricks Kratos into murdering his wife and daughter, leading to Kratos going on a killing spree, culminating in killing Ares. We all know what he is capable of when someone hurts his children, this makes for a thrilling experience for the player. Watching Kratos and his son fight waves of enemies, constantly in danger, struggling through the cold climate makes for a great environment to tell a story.
Their are four Norse gods featured in the newest installment of God of War. Oden is the primary god of Norse mythology. Freya is the Goddess of Love. Everyone has heard of Thor, the son of Odin, the God of Thunder, but the game also features Thyr, Odin’s lesser known son.
God of War also features a photo mode, a mode that is gaining popularity fast within the video game market. One of the most popular titles of 2017, Assassin’s Creed: Origins also featured a photo mode. This photo modes are so beloved by gamers because it permits gamers to make some very cool backgrounds and art using actual footage from the game.
The reason developers love photo mode is because it allows players to take a break from the fast-paced action and really focus on the graphics. It is difficult to take in the hard work developers did when a player is constantly hacking and slashing; photo mode allows gamers to see every detail, zooming in as close as they want or zooming out to get a view of the entire area.
God of War is available on PlayStation 4 now.
Nintendo has long since stopped trying to compete directly with the Playstation and Xbox brands, as well as PC gaming. They know that they just can’t match the hardware firepower being used by Sony and Microsoft, and they certainly don’t appeal to the type of hardcore PC gamer who is willing to spend over $600 on an elite video card. Nintendo now caters to one group: fans of Nintendo. The millions of casual gaming fans who flocked to the Wii seemed to have abandoned them, if Wii U sales figures are any indication. So what exactly is Nintendo trying to do with their next “console”, the NX? I haven’t the slightest idea.
According to rumors that are more than likely true, Nintendo is going to attempt a hybrid handheld/console approach with the NX. Basically, it’s going to be a handheld that is powerful enough to play games that could potentially compete with the PS4 and Xbox One in terms of graphical fidelity. Although I just don’t see it happening. Who is going to want to carry a bulky handheld around with them in this age of smartphones? And who wants to sacrifice power in their console for the ability to take it with them on the go?
Nintendo has made a habit out of proving everyone wrong, and I would love to be one of them in this instance. I want to love the next Nintendo console, but right now I’m afraid I just won’t get the chance.
Internet streaming technology has come a long way since the days of streaming internet radio stations over 56k on RealPlayer. Netflix can pump out near HD quality video content, and do it almost immediately. So why is it that Playstation Now, Sony’s game streaming service, just can’t seem to find an audience? It’s simple really: nobody wants to play the games it has to offer.
Not even a fresh batch of role playing games can make the Playstation Now library attractive to most gamers. By offering up a select batch of previous generation Playstation 3 games, Sony isn’t giving anyone a compelling reason to even try the service. Who is their audience for this? Hardcore gamers don’t want to sacrifice anything while playing, so even minimal amounts of lag become unacceptable. And those players have probably already played, or already own, a lot of the games Sony is offering. And do so-called “casual” gamers really see the benefit in playing 8 year old games that they could probably buy used for a couple bucks a piece? I just don’t see a market for this kind of service.
Playstation Now could instantly become a force if it somehow managed to support current Playstation 4 games, and offer a subscription plan that made it the “Netflix of gaming.” Unfortunately, there isn’t a single publisher around who would let Sony use their games in that capacity. As of right now, Playstation Now is just a glorified version of the SEGA Channel.