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Empire Magazine: PlayStation 4 Launch Preview

In the race for next generation console domination, it's hard to find fault with Sony's PlayStation 4 launch campaign so far. A low price of £349 RRP coupled with assurances of user privacy, no restrictions on pre-owned rights, and an open platform for developers to publish their games has done wonders for winning over audiences.

Admittedly, a lot of the announcements since the initial February reveal have capitalised more on what rival Microsoft has done wrong - or been perceived to have done wrong - than what Sony has necessarily done right. Yet there's no denying the upcoming console carries with it an air of maturity and confidence,

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MultiConsoleGamer3891d ago

I'm taking the week off from work.

HelpfulGamer3891d ago

"the PS4 is all about inclusion"

Waiting for Japanese Launch Titles!

TheFutureIsBlue3890d ago

I wish I could, lol. I will probably leave work early though. Plus I will be off a lot in Novemeber and December so all is well. Killzone Shadow Fall will consume my life =D

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ShadowGhost3890d ago

I tried to take a week off from work, but my boss was being a douche to me and would not let me because of how close it was towards Thanksgiving since we're gonna be busy. I will only be able to get 3 days at least so at least it's better than nothing lol.

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OrangePowerz3890d ago

They need to update the article a bit to remove Watch Dogs and DriveClub from the launch games list. Other than that I can`t wait for the console to come out :)

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Sony shares big new PS Plus stat, but not the one we want to see

PlayStation Plus has improved the split of PS4 and PS5 players on its priciest tiers, but Sony continues to hide total subscriber numbers.

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mandf18d ago

lol acting like it’s equivalent to ms numbers

Mr Logic18d ago

Uh...They're definitely not equivalent.

"Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service now has 34 million subscribers."

"the total number of PS Plus subscribers across all tiers was 47.4 million"

darthv7218d ago (Edited 18d ago )

That PSN number seems like it should be much higher... especially when you consider that PS4 alone has a sell through of over 117m. To not even be at least half that is rather interesting.

To the XB side, having 34m to an install base of roughly 50m (XBO sell through) or even 85m (360 sell through) is a greater percentage of unit to member ratio than PSN.

bloop18d ago

That's not the "gotcha" you think it is Darth.

darthv7218d ago

^^it's not supposed to be bloop.... it's just an interesting observation.

Einhander197218d ago

darthv72

"That PSN number seems like it should be much higher... especially when you consider that PS4 alone has a sell through of over 117m. To not even be at least half that is rather interesting.

To the XB side, having 34m to an install base of roughly 50m (XBO sell through) or even 85m (360 sell through) is a greater percentage of unit to member ratio than PSN."

Have you ever heard of a PC before? I hear they are pretty popular.

fr0sty18d ago

MS started lumping gold subscribers in with those GP numbers... keep in mind.

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shinoff218318d ago (Edited 18d ago )

What. Definitely more os plus subscribers but that makes sense due to actual console sales

Darth the difference between the bases are huge your right but you gotta think. Ps players buy more games, where as the Xbox base relies on gamepass for their gaming. So it makes perfect sense

darthv7218d ago (Edited 18d ago )

What makes perfect sense though? You say PS players buy more games... so then logically there should be more PS+ subscribers given the increased number of online multiplayer games in the PS4 generation alone. The PS4 was the first time that + was required for online play much like Gold was for 360 users.

Keep in mind we are talking subscribers, not simply XB/PS users. I assume you meant to say offline single player games, which is most likely true as well. That gen also saw a significant increase in games with an online component comparted to the previous gen.

victorMaje18d ago

I for one will be going back to essential at the next renewal. When I feel a game is good & right up my alley, I’ll check trusted reviews & just buy it.

jznrpg18d ago (Edited 18d ago )

I have the top tier until 2028 as they gave me a massive discount for all the years I had left but I’ll most likely go to essential as well. I buy my games but my kids do use the service occasionally. They do prefer to own their games as well since any game can leave the rental service at some point and they don’t like that idea. They mostly use it to demo games then ask me to buy games if they really like it.

RedDevils18d ago

For me, I will cancel it all together but unfortunately I still have it till 2030 lol

meganick18d ago

I would like to see Sony add a fourth tier of PS Plus for people who just want to be able to play games online without any of the perks like monthly games, store discounts, or anything like that, and it should cost $20 annually, $30 maximum. There’s no way I’m paying $80 just to play games online. Even the original $60 fee was too much, and I would often wait for sales to re-up my subscription.

P_Bomb18d ago (Edited 18d ago )

Essential is too expensive, I agree. We’ve got one Essential and one Premium sub. Dropping the Premium when it expires.

gamerz18d ago

Just let my subscription lapse for the first time since 2010. Will sub again every now and then for a month or so to access my old ps+ games but for me it's the end of an era.

DivineHand12518d ago

Let those numbers continue to drop because it is now too expensive. $80 per year just to play online. I noticed they didn't offer any discounts on the subscription or controllers during this year's days of play for the first time in many years and they will feel it when people choose not to renew.

My subscription will lapse next month and it will stay that way until further notice.

KevtheDuff18d ago

There were savings on subs and controllers here in the UK? I bought a controller yesterday in the sale..
It would be weird if those deals were not in other territories too?

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Sony Says The PS5 Is Its “Most Profitable Generation To-Date"

During Sony’s recent business segment meeting and investor presentation regarding its game and network services, the PlayStation company revealed that PlayStation 5 is the company’s “most profitable generation to-date.”

It’s the top slide of the presentation, showing that in its first four years, the PS5 generation has already hit $106 billion in sales, having almost caught up to the PS4’s total $107 billion generated.

Operating income for the PS5 generation has also already surpassed that of the PS4, having now reached $10 billion.

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ApocalypseShadow20d ago (Edited 20d ago )

I wouldn't doubt it. They released a high quality system. A lot of high quality games from themselves and their support of 3rd party developers and indies. They released many high quality remakes and remasters. They released a high quality GaaS game going against the naysayers thinking Sony would abandon single player games. And they most likely are profiting a lot more than PS1, PS2 PS4 and the loss leading PS3 that drained all their profits.

Now, I'll wait to see what's cooking tomorrow. But can you use some of those profits to better support your high quality VR headset? Because, by supporting it, you can sell more games and more systems and make more profits?

jznrpg20d ago (Edited 20d ago )

I want RPGs for PSVR2! Good ones of course