Sony Brings the Games and Gear to their July Holiday Showcase

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G Style was at the July Sony Holiday Showcase where Sony showed of some great tech and most of the games that they previewed in June at this year’s E3. It was a glimpse into what to expect from Sony at least in terms of games and hardware in the upcoming 3rd and 4th quarter.

If you’ve been following things then you probably already know about the new PS4 games that are coming, but what I found out in talking to some of the developers is that these games are about 95% complete. There is still some tweaking and improvements that may need to be made before final release. This of course is good for us the gamer. so we’ll have to wait and see, either way it was exciting to see these great games up close and personal.

Overall the showcase was great and Sony allowed us some great hands on play time with DriveClub, Little Big Planet 3, The Order 1886, Farcry 4 and the Last of us. I got to spend some time with Project Morpheus which was a “different” experience to say the least and that’s not in a bad way. Sony also showed off some other cool gadgets most notably the Xperia Z2 smartphone and Z2 tablet, a fitness band, a smartwatch and some cool new headphones and audio components. The most notable gadgets listed below were the best in show and also what to expect from Sony very soon.

PS Vita

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Sony showed off the newer, slimmer and lighter PS Vita in all black. It’s a much needed and much improved upgrade all across the board although I’m still sticking with my first generation PS Vita for the OLED screen which Sony swapped for LCD this time around (yes, it matters that much to me). Sony also intends to release a set of different color variation Vita systems aside from the black so look out for that as well.

PS4 Glacier White (Destiny Bundle pack)

PS4_White_09- HiRes If you haven’t seen it already Sony is releasing a special edition white PS4 to complement the release of the game Destiny which Sony is banking on will be a huge success and from the looks of things thus far they may be right. If not for the Destiny game you should probably buy the bundle pack just for the White PS4 alone. IT IS SEXY!

PS4 Dualshock 4 controllers

DS4_Camouflage_01_Front Sony along with the Glacier White PS4 color variation will also have new color variation DualShock 4 controllers. We were able to see the Wave Blue version (not pictured here, check gallery) but we were made aware of the urban camouflage version and possibilities for some other versions. Of course as we know, so will you.

Project Morpheus

Project Morpheus HMD_1395179004 I got to spend some time with Project Morpheus for the first time and it was cool. The game I played was Street Luge and all it required was eye and head movement to control the character on-screen. It was great to finally experience what Sony has in store for its VR campaign. I’m not sure how far they’ll be able to take it because I’ve always been a bit of a skeptic when it comes to augmented reality and VR but it was good to see what Sony has done so far.

Final Thoughts

Although gaming and technology can be a shrewd business it brings out the best in competing companies and when that happens we, the consumer, win. What Sony showed off at the Holiday showcase wasn’t about competition but more about what they’re capable of doing and where they’re going with the technology they do have now. It was a great show and I was glad to be a part of it. I can tell you Sony will not be sitting on their reputation. They are working and working hard to create some great products to push gaming and technology into the future.

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Mike Bitter is a born gadget head and true lover of technology. It all started with computer classes at age 10 and his first PC the Tandy 1000. From then on he found his love and he became a gamer and a PC builder and has not stopped since. He specializes in hardware, troubleshooting and custom PC building. He’s known as the “fixer” amongst his friends whenever there is a problem with a PC or a Mac. He’s also fully immersed in all things that pertain to the world of computers and gaming. He's an 80's baby and he grew up watching technology evolve from the NES to PS4 and from the Commodore 64 to the iMac. He has a unique and minimalist perspective on technology and is here to help the average person to understand technology today.