Ben's Week In Review: January 12
Not many games coming out this month; gives me a breather. :) Might want that Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, though...
So, Round 1 to PlayStation 4?
I'd say so. Obviously, the biggest news of the past week was that the PS4 had sold 4.2 million units worldwide. The news broke only a day after Microsoft proudly unveiled their 3 million mark for the Xbox One.
It's all the more important that Sony's console hasn't yet launched in Japan; when it does, the PS4 should increase its global advantage. I still want to see the numbers for the US, though. I figured the new PlayStation would easily outsell the Xbox One in the European and Asian regions; that was almost a given. The PS3 outsold the 360 in those regions, too. What I want to know is how well the PS4 stacked up against Microsoft's system in this country.
As I've said before, if it's even close, it's a huge victory for Sony. And if the PS3 can remain competitive in the US throughout this generation, it's a guaranteed worldwide sales win for Sony because the PS4 will dominate other major territories. Can you imagine if the PS4 actually routinely outsells the Xbox One in the US, though? Yeah, Sony says these early numbers aren't critically important, but that company well knows the value of the US market. They also know they totally lost that market in the previous generation, so...
Not sure why everyone's freaking out over PlayStation Now
Hey, I'm no fan of digital streaming services, but they can be awfully convenient at times. Nobody will be forcing you to sign up for the recently announced PlayStation Now service; it just seems like a nifty option for certain gamers. And if the pricing really is similar to Netflix, we're only talking about $8/month or so. This leads me to another point: How is Now all that different from other streaming services like Netflix? Aren't they basically identical? We're just talking about renting games and playing them on PlayStation devices on demand, right? I understand why you wouldn't want to rent something you already own...okay, so don't. Just play it. Not sure what the problem is.
I'll always prefer physical media because I like to own things. I definitely get that. But for convenience sake, and especially for those who aren't really wicked hardcore gamers, PlayStation Now sounds like it'll be an attractive option. And I've got no problem with that.
Personal gaming update
I figure I'm done with Gran Turismo 6 now. I saw the credits; that's it. There are a ton of other events to do (haven't even touched the Super events) but the game is just starting to wear on me, and I've still got Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag to finish. I want 'em both done and complete before inFamous: Second Son gets here in March. Thief is on my list as well. As for recently played titles, Blacklight: Retribution didn't do it for me; I can't stand the free-to-play model and besides, it's just not an impressive shooter to begin with. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, on the other hand, is fuuuuun.
What's the next game you plan to buy?
1/11/2014 Ben Dutka