On its keynote at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony Corp took the opportunity to give an update about the strong performance of its latest video game console PlayStation 4 (PS4). As expected, the consumer electronics maker was all raves when it comes to the successful device.
According to the company, sales of PS4 have reached over 4.2 million units as of December 28. This was announced by no less than Sony Computer Entertainment president and chief executive officer Andrew House. He emphasized that the figure was more than double the 2 million units sold earlier that month.
Of course, this report would not be complete without the comparisons. Sony boasted that the sales figures are showing that PS4 has been significantly topping sales of its rival Xbox One from Microsoft Corp. The rival game console’s latest tally reflected sales of about 3 million units since its launch. PS4 was released a week ahead than Xbox One in November.
Sony has no intention to stop there. It has announced a new streaming gaming service that it calls PlayStation Now. It would provide gaming enthusiasts with instant access to the whole library of numerous PlayStation titles right on their tablets, smartphones, and TV sets.
As of this date, Sony has already set plans to launch the closed beta version of the PlayStation Now by the end of this month. The company is aiming to launch a full rollout of the service by summer this year.
In a statement, Sony emphasized that the new streaming service would deliver a much richer gaming experience for its loyal users. It would allow players to connect with friends faster and more easily. It would also unlock the games; full potential. Using the service, players could rent particular titles and subscribe to other available services.
Cloud and TV
Sony also announced a new Web-based TV service that would combine live television with on-demand content. The data would be delivered in a single destination along with an easier to use interface.
This new cloud-based TV service would identify users’ preferences as well as recommended content. That would be based on viewing history and programs recently watched. Moreover, users would be capable of searching programs on live and on-demand roster of content even without the need for multiple boxes on the TV screen.