What Makes Sony’s Playstation 4 Different?

Between Wii U, Xbox One and all the other gaming systems, why is Playstation 4 considered to be so different? There are superficial things you can point to such as the game libraries and the accessories offered, but even some of the games featured on the PS4 are available on other systems, like Watchdog. So why choose a system that doesn’t seem to have all the bells and whistles that the others offer?

It could be because you take your gaming seriously and you want the system with the best track record of delivering a hardware platform with an OS that can handle the kind of power and delivery a serious gamer expects. All of this comes from decisions Sony made when it came time to set up the design structure for the PlayStation series. Gaming is such an established industry now that just saying that a game was created by someone associated with a title hit design is enough to get pre-orders placed. With the gaming systems, all of the companies keep jockeying to find the marketing tagline to prove that how they did the design of the hardware and operating platform will deliver better performance.

Excellent Hardware

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The PS4 is the only one that looked backwards to move forwards. While other platforms grabbed gamers to help design their console and power support system, Sony was smart enough to realize it isn’t the gamers and the front end designers that know what makes a gaming system capable of supporting fast play – it’s the engineers who assemble the hardware. This console is the latest generation to come out of the design team at Sony that features software and hardware engineers working side by side with gamers and front end programmers. The result is a streamline, dedicated gaming platform with no time for frills and distractions. Gamers have responded by making the PlayStation series one of the most popular home entertainment gaming systems ever released.

It will most likely go through several years of upgrades before it has maxed out its current technical specifications. The next generation of PlayStation (which is already in development) is looking towards integrating more intuitive control systems. Sony puts a limit onto how much they will patch onto a core system before releasing a newly engineered design. This keeps their machines responsive. There are only so many patches that a game console can process before the upgrades start interfering with the core processing.

Awesome Games

There are over 75 new games and updated versions of known games being designed for the PS 4 that are scheduled for release throughout 2014 and 2015. They have some of the most prominent third party developers working to expand the game option in the PS4 library. You will find all the old standards like Madden, but you will also find Watchdog, Diablo III, Plants vs Zombies and Metro rolling out new versions. There are exciting new games like Infamous and Natural Doctrine coming out too.

You can read a great review for the PS4 at Polygon.

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The Imaginary World of Minecraft

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One of the best-selling video games, Minecraft, has conquered the hearts of millions of people and is now even taught about in schools. It is an open ended game in whichcreation and survival are its main focus. There have been many tales where a player didn’t eat or sleep properly because of the game’s addicting nature. Anyway, when you first play the game, you will be put in a random world where you can explore and survive against the hostile monsters and hunger in a world shaped by you. You will be in a free world of your own, building virtually anything imaginable, including parks, landscapes, forests, buildings, and more.  You can also tear it all down whenever you feel like it. The game has much more to offer other than just architecture because of the game’s huge maps and modding community.

Survival and Creative Modes

In survival mode, the game begins with players looking out over an infinitely large area filled with hills, trees, lakes, animals, and different strange entities. There are no specific goals for the players, but there is an end scene by killing the Enderdragon. The basic rule of Minecraft is that you have to work for your survival. In a hostile landscape you have to build a shelter and maintain a steady food source. For building a shelter you have to collect the materials and for gathering materials faster you need to craft tools. With the available resources you can build axes, swords, armor, bricks, furnaces, boats, carts, and many more items. Creating usable materials from available resources will give you enormous satisfaction because it’s like creating something personal.

The greatness of Minecraft is its flexibility and freedom you can enjoy. As per your imagination, you can concentrate on farming, animal husbandry, monster slaying, magic and enchantment or the amazing electro-mechanical devices.  It will be interesting when you and your friends start playing together on same network. The survival mode of play requires players to attain resources and maintain their health and hunger. In the creative mode, the players have an unlimited supply of resources and experience, and have the ability to fly.

Why is Minecraft so Popular?

Within a few years of its release, Minecraft has received the best downloadable game award and rose in popularity like no other game. In fact, many people have searched for how to play Minecraft online for free after Notch tweeted that people should pirate his game if they cannot afford it. The hardware requirement is also very flexible, which allows millions of gamers to play across multiple platforms. The game only requires a minimum of 1 GB of RAM, a dedicated video card, a 1.8 GHz CPU and Java. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Raspberry Pi, iOS, Android, and soon to be included for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita! If you have never experienced playing this amazing game, start the world and see if you can resist the call of its infinite possibilities.

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EA to Bring Digital Rentals onto Xbox One

Yesterday EA revealed that they will provide a new streaming service on the Xbox One. For just $4.99 a month, players can have access to all of EA’s games online. Dubbed “EA Access,” players will have access to the “Vault” which contains all of the company’s games.

Unfortunately we won’t know what games will be included right now. We do know the four they will have: Battlefield 4, Peggle 2, FIFA 14, and Madden NFL 25. Interestingly, EA gives a 10% discount for those who purchase their games through the Xbox One. Another perk is that subscribers will receive a 5 day preview of upcoming releases. This means you can get a sneak peek of a game before it even comes out. Currently, a beta is due soon, but EA has not yet set a date yet.

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