Crazy to think it, but 2015 is halfway over. And while many developers like to wait until the last quarter of a year to usually drop their best games (the lineup for this Xmas season is insane), that does not mean this year has not already had some real triple-A titles. The must own games of 2015 (so far). While I am sure this list will pale in comparison to the follow-up I will write at the end of the year, this has still been the first time we have seen some real life breathed into the 8th generation of consoles, and it is only set to get more jaw-dropping from here on in. Now, we present to you, the 6 must own video games of 2015.
How much did you spend on your gaming laptop? Correct me if I’m wrong, but you’ve probably shelled out several thousands of dollars to ensure that your gaming experience doesn’t suffer the tiniest bit.
I hate to burst your bubble, but here’s something way cooler than a regular gaming laptop: the PLAYBOOK 4, a PS4 Laptop.
Created by engineer Ed Zarick, the PS4 Laptop is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a PS4 modded to look like a laptop while allowing you to play your favorite PS4 games.
Zarick is no stranger to this kind of modification. In fact, he first made an XBOOK (you can guess what that is), and of course, PS4 fans wanted their own version. Due to popular demand, the PS4 Laptop was born. It comes in two colors for now, but you can ask for additional mods, depending on how reasonable they are. For example, colors and logos can be anything you like since many parts are 3D-printed.
As cool as the PLAYBOOK 4 looks, there is one major drawback: you can’t use it unless it’s plugged into a wall socket. As much as that sucks, it is quite understandable since PS4s are not built to run on batteries. At least you can go to your favorite bar or coffee shop and show off your unique gaming console – as long as they allow patrons to plug in.
Oh, and here’s a video you’ll want to watch.
- As for the pricing, well, we can’t expect this to be cheap.
- PlayBook 4 – $1,395.00 USD
- PlayBook 4 (you provide your PS4) – $1,095.00
- W/ HDMI OUT – +$50.00 USD
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In the continuing next-gen console wars, there’s only been one winner so far. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in January 2014 according to data from the National Purchase Diary (NPD Group), and although the NPD Group haven’t been specific about their figures, it’s rumoured that PlayStation 4 sales have been double those of the Xbox One.
The Xbox One has certainly had its issues, stemming from a slightly troubled launch. Although it has genuinely innovative ideas, like Kinect 2.0 and Twitch.tv, the implementation of these has been tricky, with some user feedback and knee-jerk changes giving the perception of a flawed approach from Microsoft. It would seem that releasing a more basic, but highly functional console in the PlayStation 4, has given Sony an early edge.
But the Xbox One is fighting back. With a series of initiatives from Microsoft and some landmark dates coming up, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on Xbox One developments. In the meantime, here are five ways the Xbox One is looking to topple the PS4’s early dominance.
Dropping the price
In late February, Microsoft finally dropped the price of the Xbox One to $499. The $499 price point also includes a version of the Xbox One’s massive game, Titanfall. Microsoft will be hoping that this pretty compelling package and price point will make a big difference to sales, and the bundling of Titanfall essentially brings the cost of the basic console. The Xbox One Titanfall package is still available to buy from GAME now.
Maintaining their high games sales
Even though Xbox One sales have struggled against the PS4, Microsoft will take heart from the fact that Xbox One games are outselling all others. Their games currently make up 47% of the market, selling over 2.27 million units in January alone. With arguably a better range of new games for their shiny next-gen, Microsoft will believe that there’s the potential to see off the PS4 challenge in the long-term, once pricing and hardware issues are ironed out. With popular games such as LEGO Movie Videogame and Forza Motorsport 5 (available on Amazon) and classics like Rayman Legends, Xbox One proves it can deliver the thrills that gamers are looking for.
In line with this, there are upcoming games that are making Xbox One owners rather excited. There’s The Elder Scrolls Online, which will be released in June. Then there’s Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, which is due for release in the 3rd quarter of this year. Dragon Age: Inquisition is also due for release in October. The release of these titles is sure to give Xbox One a boost.
Make it widely available
It sounds daft but stock and availability is already playing a key role in the next-gen console battle. It’s still difficult to buy either console on a whim. Xbox One is now widely available, but with the release of Titanfall, stocks may well dry up again. If Microsoft can maintain the supply of consoles through this period, it may well be enough to tip the console war in their favour, as stocks of the PS4 can fluctuate badly while Sony release their console worldwide.
So there’s our round-up of how Xbox One can start properly competing with the PS4. It will be fascinating to see how things develop over the next couple of months.
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That is, if you are not committed to going for the next generation PlayStation. I do know some people who consider it a matter of fact – they will buy the PlayStation 4 no matter what. There are those who know they will buy it; maybe not the first few months it comes out, but definitely at some point. Then there are those who are still not fully convinced.
To be honest, I belong to the second group. I may not be jumping up and down – at least not yet – in excitement, but I know that will come the nearer we get to the launch. After reading Robin’s post on things we actually know about the PlayStation 4, it doesn’t take much to make the decision that makes me part of that second group.
Then I saw these videos.
This first video is the actual gameplay of Killzone: Shadow Fall. I’ve always been a fan of watching people play video games, as long as they know what they’re doing, and watching this clip just upped the level of anticipation for the PlayStation 4. Now to find someone who can be as good or better a player…
The second video sums up what Sony wants to tell the world in order to entice gamers and non-gamers alike to buy the PlayStation 4.
I don’t know about you, but I am sure that if all the other announcements, blog posts, and write ups bored you to death, this video just made up for everything.
So what are your thoughts on the PlayStation 4? Are you looking forward to it or not?
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