Sony’s Andrew House, current president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, introduces the PlayStation 4 at a news conference in New York.
Five years ago, William Morrison knew it wouldn’t be long before there was a new PlayStation.
Now, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) sophomore’s prediction has become a reality, as Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 at an event in New York on Wednesday. The console will be released this holiday season.
“Just between me and my friends, we said … they’d announce another system,” he said. “Now I’m just waiting for the (release) day.”
Morrison, an engineering major, said he’s especially excited for the PS4 because it’ll have new features — like a share button on the controller — that previous generation systems didn’t have.
Casey Glynn, president of the Video Gamers Army at Suffolk University, was excited over Sony’s announcement yesterday, too.
“It’s nice to see they’re coming out with a new generation of systems,” Glynn said. “Now they have the technology to back up their innovative ideas.”
Morrison’s club, the aptly-named Video Gaming Club, is advised by Malarie Dauginikas, who also heads the student media clubs at CCAC. As far as video game experience, she said she’s “not entirely dedicated, but I get into the Wii and dancing games.”
Dauginikas said the club, which holds tournaments in the spring, plans an array of events, including free-play days where members bring in all different systems such as PlayStation, Xbox, Wii and Nintendo 64.
Dauginikas also said the club will likely have a “play-all-night marathon” for a children’s hospital as well as an old-system event where students will bring in older systems such as the Atari, Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo.
The five or so core members of the club play all kinds of games, including some straight from Japan.
“They are the straight-up gamers,” Dauginikas said. “They are the ones with the mountains of Mountain Dew and the piles of pizza in the corner.”
Morrison, 19, said his playing time varies based on the time of the year.
This week, “since I’ve had two tests to study for, I’ve had 10 to 15 hours max to play,” Morrison said.
Morrison, whose favorite system is the PlayStation, plays a wide variety of games including Call of Duty, third-person shooters, Rogue Warrior and strategy-based games.
Glynn’s favorite video game system used to be the Xbox, but he’s since become of a fan of PC games because of PC technology. He regularly plays League of Legends and StarCraft, which are both strategy-based games.
Glynn’s Video Gamers Army was formed seven years ago and currently has more than 20 consistent members that meet twice a week, Glynn said.
For big events, usually held twice a semester, the club can have between 60 and 90 gamers in attendance for Call of Duty and Super Smash Bros. tournaments.
Although no console-specific games have been announced, Glynn is excited about the PS4 and the long-rumored Xbox 720.
“I think it’s great because games have become very stale,” he said. “You have your Call of Dutys, your Maddens, your FIFAs, coming out every holiday season, so it’s the same stuff.”
With the new consoles, Glynn said “it gives a new perspective on how games should be played.”
The hype around new consoles won’t change very much, Glynn said, even if people are playing games on their smartphones and tablets.
“The hype will probably stay the same as it’s always been since it’s been so long since the last console has come out,” Glynn said.
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