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PlayStation 4 will bring positive changes to video game experience

The Parthenon

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 23:02

Sony announced the next product in their series of game consoles Wednesday evening: the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation brand has been around for almost 20 years and has stayed one of the most popular gaming consoles worldwide. This was the first event in two years hosted by Sony to announce a new product.

Gaming has evolved a lot since the beginning days of Pong and Pac-Man. Today, nearly everyone has played games with four or more people in the same room or even over the Internet with the PlayStation Network or X-Box Live, making video games not just available to be played not just by friends in the same room, but by friends worldwide.

More than 500,000 people watched the livestream of the announcement event, causing several video game related websites to crash. Some people have written off Sony because Nintendo and Microsoft offer new products more often, it seems, but no one into gaming took this announcement lightly.

The PlayStation 4 will offer several new features including an instant boot time and background downloading, so gamers will still be able to play other games instead of waiting for a download to finish.

Sony had already integrated other streaming features such as Hulu and Netflix in their past console, the PlayStation 3, but the new system is taking those features to the next level.

The new console will allow third party devices to use some of the features of the PS4 including being able to use smartphones and tablets to view videos or challenge friends to games.

There are a lot of new features in this console that are sure to make gamers excited for the changes coming to the video game world.

Since Sony has made this announcement, it is sure to be an advancement in video game technology with its touchscreen and cloud gaming features. It will be interesting to see what other companies which focus on gaming such as Nintendo or Microsoft have up their sleeves to compete with it.  

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