According to Sony, the answer is ‘yes’. You could debate the next-gen titling of the Wii U until the cows, the sheep and the pigs come home, but when it comes to the gaming extravaganza that is this November, the PS4 will really only be going toe to toe with Microsoft’s answer to that question – ‘no, it’s the Xbox One’. Unfortunately, the wider gaming media, plus you and I, and anyone else who turns on the tellybox from now until Christmas, will be forced to watch this slinging match between the two take place and Sony’s new PS4 ‘Best Place to Play’ trailer is the latest well-placed jab in the green and black box’s direction.
From the start, the PS4 has been positioned as a pure gaming console, with the added media extras – be it your Netflix or your YouTube – being like the gravy on an otherwise delectable rack of roast meat and this new video for the console seems to solidify that. Stats ahoy from Sony as they claim that there are over 180 games in development for the PS4 which is approximately quadruple the amount of games that I’m lucky enough to own on PS3. No doubts that we won’t be stuck for choice then and you can watch the trailer, complete with lots of lovely clips of PS4 gameplay footage after the jump.
Click ‘Continue Reading’ to watch the PS4 ‘Best Place to Play’ trailer.
And before anyone hops onto the soapbox and gets their shoes all sudsy about Sony only wanting to promote their first party offerings, there are more than a giant’s handful of third party games thrown in for good measure there, which is a testament to developers actually wanting to develop for the PS4 rather than being dictated to by the market share. An honourable mention also goes to Ubisoft’s partnership with Sony for all of that added exclusive content in both Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and the (now delayed, but former launch title) Watch Dogs as that could help Sony shift a thimble more consoles this Christmas.
There’s also the glaringly obvious point that Sony are marketing the PS4 much in the same way you would a dog – as in, a PS4’s for life not just for Christmas, as opposed to, y’know, the PS4 being a warm, hairy carnivore. What lets plenty of consoles down (again I must point to the Nintendo Wii U) is the shocking failure to support a console after launch, but Sony, with a PS4 launch window lineup looking perhaps a fraction better than its day one offerings (inFamous: Second Son, Destiny and Driveclub were also featured in the video) they seem to have got their console covered for many months to come.
The PS4 release date is November 14th in North America and November 29th in Europe.