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Sony's Video And Music Entertainment Chief Wants the PS4 To Be Your Everything

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    Sony's Video and Music Entertainment chief wants the PS4 to be your everything (click for full article)

    by Michael Gorman - Nov. 20, 2013

    -- The reviews are out, and the PlayStation 4 is, in fact, much of what we'd hoped it'd be: a fabulous gaming machine with a social personality. It has lived up to it's next-gen label, thus far. But there's another aspect to the PS4 that may prove to be equally as important to the console's long-term success against its main rival from Microsoft. I'm talking about video and music services.


    Yes, the PS4 was very much designed as a gaming machine first, a point made clear by Shuhei Yoshida and reiterated to us when we recently spoke with Michael Aragon, Sony's VP and GM of Global Digital Video and Music services. That said, Aragon's job is to make Sony's gaming rig a video and music streamer, too, and he thinks that a key to giving Video Unlimited an advantage over its competitors is speed.


    Folks can get new releases (both movies and TV shows) earlier from VU than from, say Netflix or Amazon. Additionally, Aragon's fanatical about making his offering the fastest streaming experience possible. "I want it to be instantaneous," he said when asked about buffering times, and with that as the goal, he's constantly searching for ways to shave another second or two off of the load time -- including working with studios to get the rights to tweak the movie feeds for optimal streaming speed.


    Another asset is Sony's forthcoming original video content that'll be produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment for PS4.


    Introducing the Video Unlimited service and Music Unlimited service on PlayStation4:
     
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    I have been puzzled why Sony wasn't using its considerable media content to enhance its own devices' appeal. Looks like that is going to happen. Interesting news indeed.

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    PlayStation 4 will let you play friends' games without buying them this fall | The Verge (click for full article)

    Summary:
    Sony today announced that Share Play will arrive this fall as part of the PlayStation 4's 2.00 software update. First announced during the PS4's unveiling, Share Play will let any PSN friend hop into and play your games so long as he or she is a PlayStation Plus subscriber. Here's the kicker: only one person will actually need to own the game in question.

    Sony is selling the new feature as a convenient way to have friends help you through the toughest spots of a game's campaign or earn elusive trophies. It's basically the virtual equivalent of handing off your controller to the person sitting next to you. Sure enough, Sony likens it to a "virtual couch." Sound familiar? It should. This level of flexibility is something Microsoft wanted for the Xbox One — before the company's botched introduction of the console changed everything.

    IT'S NOT AS RADICAL AS WHAT MICROSOFT WANTED, BUT THE UNDERLYING CONCEPT IS THE SAME
     

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