Earlier this month, the 1TB PlayStation 4 gained FCC certification, leading many to speculate that Sony would announce the capacious gaming console at E3 2015. While Microsoft delivered its 1TB Xbox One, a kickass Elite wireless gaming controller, Xbox One game streaming to Windows 10 PCs, and native backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games, Sony’s E3 presser was pretty much a snoozefest with nary a mention of the 1TB PS4.
That changes today with the announcement of the PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player 1TB Edition (say that three times fast) via Sony’s European PlayStation Blog. The console goes on sale July 15 in European and PAL regions, however, no official announcement has been made as to when the console with launch in the United States. But given that the console has already been approved by the FCC, we Yanks shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to get our hands on the latest addition to the best-selling console family.
In other PS4 news, Sony has confirmed what we previously reported about reductions to the 500GB PS4’s weight and power consumption. Although gamers aren’t likely to notice or care about the 10 percent reduction in weight, they’ll gladly appreciate the 8 percent improvement in power efficiency (hey, every little bit helps). The new 500GB consoles are available in both black and white with a matte finish.
And if PS4 hardware updates weren’t enough, Sony also announced early this morning that it has updated both the iOS and Android PlayStation apps to make perusing the PlayStation Store just a bit easier.
Nice update for PlayStation app on iOS and Android improves PlayStation Store browsing experience and more. Give it a shot!— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 22, 2015
None of the changes/additions announced today have the kind of “punch” that Microsoft was able to muster with announcement of Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, and if comments by Shuhei Yoshida are any indication, it doesn’t appear that we’ll see such a move from Sony anytime soon.