Sony’s net profit more than triples in second quarter

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 Reasons to Buy a PlayStation 4 Right Now.

It’s that time of year, when all the big companies release their financial results for Q1, and Sony will be pretty happy with its own, particularly with regards to PlayStation sales.

Free for PS4 owners this week, is the next Tomb Raider spin-off, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris; which is not too shabby as well as the soon to be released PS4 version of Limbo. Sony’s flagship game console pulled off a high octane launch in late 2013, and it’s since beat both Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft’s Xbox One in global systems sold. The PS4 supports customized hard drives in addition to the 500 gb one that comes with the system, and Gamestop is taking advantage of that fact as part of their “premium refurbished program.” They’re selling what they call a “supercharged” PS4 for $479.99 that comes with 2 TB of storage: 4 times what you get from a new system. According to the report, 3 million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold between April and June 2015, which is more than twice as many units as Xbox One and Xbox 360 units combined. It also looks nothing like a first-gen console, designed by architect Mark Cerny to resemble the sort of quiet, elegantly slimline revision we’re more likely to see three or four years into a console’s 10-or-so year lifespan.

It’s nothing you couldn’t do on your own, but a lot of people get jittery about poking around inside their expensive electronics, and this is a pretty straightforward alternative. That’s because third-party studios struggled out of the gate to optimize for the Xbox One’s architecture, running into performance snafus that forced them to make visual compromises. Sony released the 1 TB “ultimate player edition” in Europe on July 15th, but the company doesn’t currently have any plans to release it in North America. If you’re a strict videophile who pores over graphics comparisons at pixel-scrutinizing sites like Digital Foundry, the PlayStation 4 brooks little argument here. Larger hard drives are just good sense for everyone here: the consumer gets more space for an ever-expanding library of storage-intensive games, and the platform owner gets to further remove roadblocks towards making digital purchases.

More becomes more and more important the more games you buy and play, meaning that Sony and Microsoft’s most valuable customers are going to be the ones clamoring for more space. Of course, it’s not such a big problem that I’ll have to reinstall Dead Rising if I find myself experiencing that particular urge, but it violates a certain collector strain that runs strong in gamers. Sony’s game-streaming technology isn’t the same thing as true backward compatibility, and game streaming can be visually glitchy if your Internet connection hiccups.

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