Sony PlayStation 4 Launches November 15 in U.S. and Canada

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HouseFoxx

*insert obligatory "Hmm.. though this was MaximumPC, not MaximumHOMEENTERTAINMENTCONSOLE." here.*

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The Mac

In this case, they are PCs.

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Jox

Meh. Maybe next year. Got a PC to upgrade first.

-Jox

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kixofmyg0t

Pre-ordered on the first day I could.

Can't wait for Killzone:Shadow Fall and Watch Dogs. My PC will do in the meantime.

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vrmlbasic

Isn't Watch Dogs also going to be on the PC?

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kixofmyg0t

If it is I don't really care. Its a Ubi game, and therefore will be a huge pain in the butt to play on PC.

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John Pombrio

What? No new consoles fanboys taking over this post telling why the other console is a loser? I heard a new one yesterday, the Pauperstation vs. the XBone. Apparently the Pauperstation because SONY is trying to do everything for the PS4 on the cheap because of the poor financials SONY Corp is running. MS has of course shot themselves in the knee so many times during this spring.
Me, I don't care. My kids use the XBox 360 and ignored the PS3 so its logical that I get the One (Zathurous says). I will like to try out the new Kinect just as a gadget lover.
Otherwise, they are both close enough to specs that I could care less who "wins". Never count out MS's war chest of money tho, they have a lot more cash and profits than SONY. SONY simply cannot falter or lose profit on the box for very long without taking the wrath of the shareholders who are on a short fuse right now.

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Renegade Knight

Pauperstation: That's pretty good. I'd heard Xbone. My family is split. I've been the PS3 (used to have them all but RROD...) fan. My son the 360 fan. We flip each other crap but it doesn't stop me from using his Xbox on an exclusive or him from absconding with the PS3 for the same.

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John Pombrio

I have had both at the same time too. I read that 75-80% of Mac users also have a PC in the house. I wonder how many folks have several different consoles at home?

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The Mac

at one point i had a ps3, and xbone, and a wii.

down to just the xbone now.

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jbitzer

WEll, I personally think Sony has learned from their arrogance over the PS3 launch. Your kids most likely use the xbox more because it is the superior system this time around and has a bigger install base, which means more of their friends play it.

Unless you're buying on launch day, I'd wait to see which on sells more and all their friends get, then get that one. I remember seeing people returning the PS3s they tried to buy up and scalp at Christmas after launch, and I don't think Sony ever really regained the momentum against the 360.

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John Pombrio

Truly, it was simply the HALO effect that decided the console war at home. When folks talk about having a blockbuster game at launch, it can definitely be the difference on who "wins". For us, HALO made ALL the difference. Now the upgraded 360 is used mostly for its great Netflix port by me and my son.

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jbitzer

Yeah, I mostly use my systems for the streaming features, and now that I got apple tv, I use them even less.

I would say though for $50 it's worth picking up a PS+ subscription to get all the full games you might not have otherwise tried. I've discovered a lot of stuff I didn't think I'd like $60 worth that way.

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tom_m

Just be aware that the Xbox One is not backwards compatible with the 360, so you'll want to hang onto the older console :)

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John Pombrio

My kids only play HALO on the 360 on a regular basis so it does not really matter about the 360 once they get ported over. When everyone in the house has a full blown gaming PC and a large monitor in their room (and a Steam account full of games), it dampens the use of consoles. I have given away 4-5 this gen consoles in the past few years. They cost less than a new gen graphics card.

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jbitzer

Oh and if you want to give anything else away....

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John Pombrio

Funny thing is that I cannot GIVE away a full blown desktop PC to family anymore. They all have laptops now and use them instead. I was tired of being their caretakers anyways.

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wumpus

This boggles my mind. I keep pointing out that the data agrees with "death of the desktop" (where "death" means no longer driving technology, regardless of how many continue to be bought), but am shocked by how many people insist to use what I feel to be a vastly inferior experience (until you want to work anywhere else).

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John Pombrio

Most of my relatives are strictly casual users. Check e-mail, surf the web, and update Facebook, occasional game of Solitaire. I suspect that their smartphones and tablets are taking over booting up the laptop for these simple tasks. The few that do work, play games, or are heavy users have desktops.

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USraging

I have 4 of these systems coming in. I am mostly a pc gamer but sometimes enjoy laying back in my chair and gaming, Although i can't recommend for playing fps with any accuracy.

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iplayoneasy

At this point the most cost effective, quiet, and small HTPC/Gaming solution is the PS4. I mean if it could run 3dmark 11 it would be in the 7,000 range graphics wise. Can't really beat it for $400.

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John Pombrio

I agree. I like the idea of going x86 on the consoles. It was the same when Apple decided to use Intel chips in the Macs. It is just going to be a better solution all around and lot less work porting stuff (I hope- I am not a game developer!). My worst problem is that I cannot use a game controller for the life of me and my kids are always laughing at my spinning around and shooting into the ground.
As for an HTPC, that is always tricky as to what formats it supports. I donno why they limit it so much considering a $49 media player can beat out any console for compatibility. Then there is hanging enough hard drive space onto the box or on a NAS to use it for video or for large music collections. Here is hoping.

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limitbreaker

How old are your kids?

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John Pombrio

Uhh, 26 and 22. They laughed at me 10 years ago and I have never forgiven them. I GUESS I should not call them kids, should I. The oldest is at Brown for his Doctorate in Comp Sci so he does not really count any more as he only runs Linux and has no TV, let alone a console. He TURNED DOWN a GTX680 upgrade as he had absolutely no use for it on his PC. The other is comfortably at home and will be unless I can make his life miserable enough that he goes out on his own...

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The Mac

Turned down a 680?

geez, and he calls himseself a comp-sci?

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John Pombrio

Mac, I know, really how could he? But he only does Linux and has given up most gaming (always was an indifferent gamer) so no reason to roll over a more powerful GPU. Damn guy is growing up I guess. Never happened to me, thank god...

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The Mac

he may not be a gamer, but theres plenty he could do with linux and a 680...

compute anyone?

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John Pombrio

The stuff he does is beyond my ken, but it involves researching new programming languages and algorithms. This is all research and papers and little programming per se. Besides a Ivy Bridge going at 4+ GHz and a GTX580 has plenty of computing power. Who knows what he has on his desk in his office at college? He may have a string of servers or access to a supercomputer for all I know. Brown is well endowed.