A quick overview of the new consoles
The launch of new gaming machines is always an exciting time because new systems don’t hit the market very often, and it’s so much fun to try out the new technology, ogle over the beautiful new graphics and to blast enemies or rush past them at top speeds.
Plan to buy a new console? Sac City Gamer has an overview of what to expect.
Sony PlayStation 4
Release date: Nov. 15
Specs: eight-core X86 AMD Jaguar CPU, AMD Radeon graphics engine, 8GB of GDDR5 memory, 500GB hard drive.
The new PlayStation console features a sleek look, a brand-new controller design, and an enhanced PlayStation Eye camera (sold separately, $59.99). Gamers can record and stream live gameplay and use the PlayStation Vita (sold separately, $199.99) as a second-screen or for Remote Play. A PlayStation Plus subscription ($49.99 annual) is now required to play online but works across all PlayStation systems and has plenty of benefits like free games each month. Sony also promises future backward compatibility with PS1, PS2, and PS3 games via its Gaikai streaming service.
Must-play exclusive games: “Drive Club” (2014), “Infamous: Second Son” (February 2014), “Injustice: Gods Among Us (Ultimate Edition)”, “Killzone: Shadow Fall” and “Knack”.
Microsoft Xbox One
Release date: Nov. 22
Specs: eight-core AMD processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, HDMI in/out, 500GB hard drive.
In addition to gaming, the new Xbox can connect to your cable provider so users can seamlessly switch between a session of Call of Duty and the newest episode of your favorite show. The controller has been refined, the Kinect (included) camera has been improved tremendously and the new interface will be cleaner, smoother and easier to use. Everything can be controlled by voice or by using the controller.
Must-play exclusive games: “Crimson Dragon”, “Dead Rising 3”, “Forza Motorsport 5”, “Halo 5” (2014), “Killer Instinct” and “Titanfall” (March 11, 2014).
Must-play multiplatform games: “Assassin’s Creed IV”, “Battlefield 4”, “Call of Duty: Ghosts”, “Madden NFL 25”, “NBA 2K14”, “Need for Speed: Rivals”, “The Crew” (2014) and “Watch Dogs” (2014).