Archive | December 2013

Player’s Guide to the Play Station 4 Chapter 5: Prices

Hey guys! Welcome back! This post is the last in the Player’s Guide and it covers pricing on the console, games and accessories. There are several options that retailers like Best Buy and Gamestop offer consumers with bundles for the console and your choices in equipment like headsets, controllers, season passes, stands and so on. I personally don’t advocate spending the money on extra things for your console that you don’t need. That may be my inner poor college kid speaking but it seems like a waste when you could put that money toward games.

Here is a comprehensive list of prices for various bundles and equipment (general price ranges for headsets and season passes):

– PS4: $399.99

– Dual-Shock 4 (Best Buy): $59.99

– Dual-Shock 4 Charging Station (Best Buy): $24.99

– PS4 Bundle w/ Controller (Best Buy): $459.98

– PS4 Bundle w/ Call of Duty: Ghosts (Best Buy): $459.98

– PS4 Bundle w/ 12-Month PS Plus Membership (Best Buy): $449.98

– PS4 Bundle w/ Controller, 12-Month PS Plus Membership (Best Buy): $509.97

– PS4 Bundle w/ Controller, 12-Month PS Plus Membership, Call of Duty: Ghosts (Best Buy): $569.96

– PS4 Headset (Best Buy): $24.99- 149.99

PS4 (Gamestop): $399.99

– Ps4 Shooter Bundle Refurbished (Gamestop): $609.95

Dual-Shock 4 (Gamestop): $59.99

– PS4 Headset (Gamestop): $19.99-299.99

– Ps4 Controller Charging Station (Gamestop): $19.99-29.99

– PS4 Charger Cable (Gamestop): $9.99-19.99

I hope that as I close the final pages of this guide that this information has served you all well! Until next time!

Stay Calm and Play PS4

 

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Player’s Guide to the PS4 Chapter 4: Debate

Alrighty everybody! Welcome back to WrmH0l3. Today’s post will be a consumer opinion on what console they prefer and why. Having that personal opinion from someone other than a game company or that big retailer is always good because it brings the console into the light of what consumers want out of it. The big new features are not exploited by advertising, they are actually looked at for usefulness and enjoyment by other consumers.

My personal view on the consoles is that I enjoy both Xbox and Play Station. Over the years they both have given me plenty to enjoy. I don’t expect anything less from this next generation either, though I do have to say that my heart has been set with Sony for many years now. Only because I like their console exclusives so much and the PS3 had free online gaming. Then everyone will throw around that Sony got hacked and all. I personally am not bothered by that, it happened around a time that I wasn’t gaming online anyway. Plus they have totally revamped the PSN, making it better and more efficient.

Amid all the controversy about which console is better, don’t forget the congratulations Sony and Microsoft shared with one another on their launch days. We shouldn’t let who is better get in the way of realizing that we all play games and share that common experience, just have fun playing games together. Not spending that time arguing about who sucks and rocks for playing what games on what console.

Until next time!

Stay Calm and Play PS4

Player’s Guide to the Play Station 4 Chapter 3: Games

Hello all and welcome back to WrmH0l3! Today’s chapter in the Player’s guide will be an analysis of the PS4’s capabilities with games such as graphics, performance and a more in depth look at how the controller handles while playing. This tech demo will be done with Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag!

I always find it hard to fit into one particular category when it comes to my games and what platform I’m using. I love both Microsoft and Sony and what they have brought to players, Sony bringing beloved titles such as Ratchet and Clank, God of War and Crash Bandicoot while Microsoft brought us Gears of War, Halo and the soon-to-be Ryse: Son of Rome. However, I do enjoy strong performance and a high-quality gaming experience. I feel that the Play Station 4 has given just that. The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been multi-platform friendly since the get-go, but there is just something about it on the Play Station, a sense of comfort as if it was meant to be played on a dual-shock, not on an Xbox one. I may just be that weird guy who gets way too involved in a game but theres just something about it. Not to mention that crisp 1080p resolution that comes with the new update for the game. ‘Dat display!

Until next time!

Stay Calm and Play PS4!

Player’s Guide to the Play Station 4 Chapter 2: Features

Hey guys welcome back! This chapter is all about new features that Sony has given us to toy around with in the form of remote play, downloadable play, dual shock 4 interactivity, Gaikai and the new Play Station app! Check out my video below.

I would like to note that I do not own all of the footage used in this video.

Until next time! 

Stay Calm and Play PS4

Unreal Engine Continues to Impress!

Hello gamers! Welcome back to WrmH0l3! I’m sure as some of you have noticed, I have a big interest in game development engines and their capabilities to enhance the gaming experience through visual and interactive effects. Well Epic Games has released another in their series of videos in displaying the power and capabilities of Unreal Engine 4.

The video series is called “Inside Unreal” where they have gone through the technical processes to create the real time demo of Unreal’s engine in “Infiltrator” which you can see here:

The series continues beyond that in these two videos:

Although these are more technical and may seem less interesting to non-developers, I feel like seeing how much work and intricacy is put into games, let alone a four minute demo of the engine is amazing. Unreal has put out a few other videos displaying their engine such as their “Elemental” video and the tech on the light work they used. Check them out!

They also have another demo with demonstrations on their layering tech.

Another cool video by them is one of their early demos, Project Awakened!

I know this seems like a lot of video, and it is, but it is all highly interesting in seeing just what tech is being put into games of the near future and what kind of visuals and such you can expect!

For more news and updates with Unreal Engine 4, check out http://www.unrealengine.com/unreal_engine_4/

Until next time!

Stay Calm and Develop!

Player’s Guide to the PS4 Chapter 1: Home

Hello gamers! Today marks the first chapter in my Player’s Guide. As I mentioned in my last post, this chapter will cover the home screen on the PS4. I will be taking a look at the layout, features, accessibility and other aspects in comparison to the PS3 and overall likability.

So, to begin, lets get a good look at the home layout for the Ps4!

This is a commercial of sorts that Sony released to display their home center functionality. As it was displayed you have everything you need at the base screen. You have your game that you last played or just put in ready to go with the extra options of seeing who owns the same game, trophies you have earned for the game, news feed on the game for updates and such, shared media from friends and add on material right from the get go.

 

This already has a huge advantage from the PS3 menu where you had to navigate a series of menus, then sub menus to find what content you are looking for.

The less than favorable PS3 navigation for the main menu (image provided by: http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/basicoperations/xmb.html)

The less than favorable PS3 navigation for the main menu (image provided by: http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/basicoperations/xmb.html)

Beyond the options it provides for your game, it also displays the games and applications you have downloaded to the console such as Killzone, media player and the web!

The PS4 and the PSN have also been worked into somewhat of a social network for players, allowing them to see not only what they are doing but what their PSN friends are doing as well. Let us use Henry Bayle’s profile as an example:

When looking at someones profile on PSN, it shows you their trophies, what they are currently playing and gives you the option to join their session, and also shows you some recent activity. This is all accessed from a simple search system. This system has its ups and downs compared to the PS3.

Someone copied my username... for the fifth time... (image provided:http://gematsu.com/2009/09/sony-looking-into-changing-ps3-newly-designed-friends-list)

Someone copied my username… for the fifth time… (image provided:http://gematsu.com/2009/09/sony-looking-into-changing-ps3-newly-designed-friends-list)

Unlike the PS4, the Ps3 was much more basic. You simply found out someones gamer tag and put them into a friend request. It would then send and if they wanted to they could accept. There isn’t much outside of that, you can send game invites and do personal messaging. But there is not in depth on what they do or have played outside of their trophy collection. I guess the simplicity is nice for the PS3 but lacks in connectivity with those your playing with unless you already know them.

The last piece we will talk about is the PSN itself. Honestly, with the PS3 versions recent update it appears that they are the same, it’s just the integration into next gen that is different for the PS4 with download play and background downloads that can run while the system is in sleep mode. Or the mobile PSN app purchases downloading right to your PS4. Other than those new gen features they operate off the same store model.

Well that about wraps up WrmH0l3’s PS4 home menu coverage! Hope this was insightful and helped you guys get a better grasp of it! Until next chapter!

Stay Calm and Play PS4