This year’s “hot toy” is no giggling doll or construction set. It’s a $400-500 video game, DVD, streaming TV console manufactured by either Sony or Microsoft. Our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess of PixelRated.com joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning to provide thorough reviews of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One and their games. As it turned out, both consoles are perfectly great in terms of gaming, but they both have different functions and their companies are trying to market them differently. Sony has been pushing for a “supreme, omnipotent gamer’s box” feel for their consumers while Microsoft wants the XBox One to be an all-in-one, multi-tasking, everything you can possibly need in your living rooms. Marty also discussed issues and glitches that occurred early on for both consoles.
“With the Xbox one, Microsoft’s big goal is to take over the living room and become the quote ‘one’ box you need for everything. Thus, given the name. So they’ve done a lot of things to promote the idea that TV, watching movies, and watching sports and listening to music is going to be a big part of what Xbox One is. […] Microsoft is trying to ‘future proof’ this. They want it to be the one box you need for the next decade or so. They make sure they have all the fancy technology in there.” -Marty Hess, PixelRated.com writer
Our tech correspondent and PixelRated.com blogger, Marty Hess recapped Microsoft’s more detailed announcement of their next generation video gaming system, that’s also all about TV, movies, music, and sports. Yet to be answered is whether the console will always be “on,” tracking movement and feeding data back to its overlord. Marty joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning by phone to dish on the details of this up and coming “future proof” console.
“Well that’s the big gamble, you always want to control the living room space and everything that’s going through it. They are doing a lot to make this a system that people want to play with and want to use beyond video games. This presentation really focused on the games[…] there are also going to be a lot of social features that you can use including on the new dual shock 4 controller which will replace all the Playstation 3 controllers, there is a share button you can press and you can press that and you can share out any game playing that you’re doing, and post those clips directly to Facebook, OR you can stream them out through u stream and people can watch you play live.” - Marty Hess from PixelRated.com
Last Wednesday, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4, during a two-hour event held in NYC and live streamed to more than 7.5 million viewers. Marty Hess of PixelRated.com called the Morning AMp and told hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams exactly how excited he is to play on it and what games are being developed.