Why you’ll play better on a PlayStation 4 (plus: save now on a PS3!)
By Phil Hornshaw
Our first look at the next generation of video game consoles came on Feb. 20, when Sony unveiled the first information about its Playstation 4 game console. Although we never actually got to see what the console looked like, we did learn a fair amount about what it will do and the kinds of games it’ll play.
Much-anticipated titles such as Watch_Dogs and additions to the Killzone and infamous franchises are on their way, and we’ve learned about some of the console’s technical specifications.
There are a number of cool new tricks the PlayStation 4 can get up to, and gaming fans are going to want to take advantage of them. Here’s some of what we know about the PS4 so far.
One of the coolest new capabilities of the PlayStation 4 is its ability to play and communicate with other devices. The device with the highest number of cool features is the PlayStation Vita, which is already available.
Vita users will be able to link the device to their PlayStation 4, and using Sony’s new streaming technology, they’ll be able to play PS4 games on the Vita instead of on the TV screen. It’s called Remote Play, and Sony has said it hopes to bring the functionality to every PS4 game.
The Vita currently is available at most stores where you can buy video games, such as GameStop (where you can get 2.5 percent cash back), Target, Best Buy and Walmart (all of which offer 2 percent cash back).
The PS4 also will offer cross-platform capabilities with smartphones and tablets, so if you’re in the market for an iOS device from Apple or one running Google’s Android platform, you’ll also be able to use it with your Vita.
With the PS4 finally on its way – expect it on shelves this holiday season – it’s also a perfect time to grab a PlayStation 3 or other current-generation consoles. If you’re looking to save money and don’t need an immediate upgrade, you’ll likely start to see PS3s start to go on sale at all the above retailers, and you can expect the system to remain viable for at least a few years into the future.
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