We in the UK are used to having to wait for our new devices. Very few companies release here, first, presumably because it takes a little longer to get devices to our shores, and because there just aren’t that many of us. Most of the time, we wait quite patiently, gorging ourselves on news of releases across the world. When it comes to new consoles, though, we hate waiting, especially when we have already been waiting seven long years for a new release.
This month sees the release of both the Sony Playstation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One. Whichever side of the fence you sit, it’s time to start getting sweaty palms in anticipation of the biggest gaming release in many years.
The PS4 was launched last Friday in the USA and Canada and it is fair to say that it has already performed beyond most peoples’ expectations. Within 24 hours of going on sale, more than 1 million units have sold. With the launch of the device in Europe on 29th November, and the continued strong sales in North America, it seems highly likely that was is already Sony’s bestselling console ever, will only get stronger.
The PS4 isn’t going to have things entirely its own way, though. In fact, while they may have stolen a march on competitors Microsoft for their US release date, they will have some catching up to do in Europe. The Xbox One goes on sale over here on 22nd November, which is this Friday, by the way.
The PS4 is incredibly powerful and the new controller is receiving a lot of praise too. The design is better looking than the George Foreman Grill look of the PS3 and it is far more than a gaming device, providing access to smart TV features, a total multimedia experience, and a wealth of other features.
We all get a little giddy when there is a new game release, and the prospect of a new games system is something that we only experience every few years. While we still have to wait a couple of weeks to get our hands on the new PS4, we can at least console ourselves with Microsoft’s console at the end of this week.