Ever since the PlayStation 4 was first announced, consumers have been frothing and pre-ordering. According to Sony, in the first day alone, 1 million people became the proud owner of a PS4—and that doesn’t even count the ones that are stealing it (be careful, shoppers!).
We know that a lot of you are completely bored by the announcement, though. Gaming devices seem to get an update about as often as the iPad. (Ok, it’s not that bad.)
Still, there’s good reason for even non-gamers to get excited about this most recent release – six of them, actually. Sure, Microsoft’s Xbox One may be the best choice for the home theater, especially when you consider the USB ports, Kinect control, and all of Microsoft’s partnerships. However, that console isn’t coming until next week! For now, let’s take a peek at six reasons you should buy a PlayStation 4, even if you don’t care about gaming.
1. It’s got apps! Sadly, the PS4 got rid on the console’s DLNA support. However, in case you haven’t started streaming movies and TV shows into your home theater setup, the PS4 does include several options out of the box. The PS4 comes with access to Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Redbox Instant, VUDU, and several other options for added entertainment. It also has a 500GB hard drive for storing all of those streaming purchases right on the console.
2. One of those apps is Video Unlimited. Exclusive to Sony, this service offers on-demand entertainment in HD, SD and 3D. It also allows you to share that content with several other devices, including TVs, tablets, PCs, the PSP and the PS Vita.
3. It has a Blu-ray player. Sure, the PS3 had a Blu-ray player, but this keeps that high-def tradition alive. According to Sony, you’ll need to activate this function, but it just takes a simple software update. Once that’s installed, you’ll have even more spots in the house to watch your budding Blu-ray collection.
4. It’s got support for DTS 7.1. According to DTS, the PS4 will ship with the new DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 decoder inside, allowing users to enjoy immersive audio from both disc and digitally delivered media.
5. And support for 1080p. This makes sense, given that it has the Blu-ray player inside. However, it also helps when streaming some of those HD selections from high-quality services, such as VUDU.
6. The PS4 is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One. The PS4 has an MSRP of $399, while the Microsoft’s new console will land with a $499 price tag.
The PlayStation 4 is available now, but it may be hard to find one!
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.