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-News on the hottest gaming trends

Since the release of the PlayStation in 1995, gaming has never been the same. Popularizing the disc format, having stellar sales and above average ratings, Sony could call their products successful. Last Christmas season, Sony began to wrap up their seventh gen console, the PlayStation 3, to make way for the PlayStation 4.


Picture of the Dualshock 4 (left) and PlayStation 4

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Unlike the PS3, the PS4 has shown no signs of slow sales. Dominating the charts this season, only second to Nintendo’s 3DS, the PS4 has a huge fanbase and is yet to be released in Japan. Selling out everywhere in North America and Europe and having waiting lists up to February, the PS4 has created quite a buzz worldwide. According to Sony, the PS4 is the fastest selling console ever, pushing over one million units on its first day just in North America. Though the console may be living up to Sony standards, it lacks good exclusives, and most other games are just seventh gen ports.


A closer up of the PS4 controller, the DualShock 4

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The big games Sony is pushing for the PS4 are Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and NBA 2K14. Of the games listed above, Assassin’s Creed IV, NBA 2K14 and Battlefield 4 are the only games to score over an 80% on metacritic.com, and of the games just listed, better versions of them can be found elsewhere. Sony has a small amount of exclusives planned for next year, the first one not being released until March. Could PS4 suffer the same low sales as the PS Vita or soar past the PS2’s whopping 157 million lifetime sales? The fate of Sony’s 8th gen prodigy lies in the hands of them and their 3rd party developers. All that’s known is 8th generation is going to be a big one for every company, and each step being just as crucial as the last.

So, which console did you get this holiday season? Leave your comments below.