PlayStation 4 release

Greg Garvey

PlayStation 4 debuted at midnight on Thursday, but Greg Garvey, a professor of interactive digital design and director of game design and development, cautions consumers not to rush out and buy one. 

"Wait and see what Xbox One brings," he said. "The emerging consensus is that PlayStation 4 is powerful, but it's not a must-get-now machine." 

However, the PlayStation 4 is already showing up for resale on eBay at hugely inflated prices - $600 and more. This may lead to artificial scarcity in stores as resellers attempt to cash in leading up to the holidays, he said. 

PlayStation 4, which costs approximately $100 less than Xbox One, features a powerful processor with a graphics processing unit capable of 1.84 teraflops. The new PlayStation has a smaller footprint and is nearly half the weight of the PlayStation 3. The onboard camera for tracking and facial recognition requires ambient light and is unreliable in lowlight environments whereas the Kinect relies on infrared light for operation, he said.

The share button is an innovative feature of the new PlayStation that enables live broadcasts to the Internet and uploads to Facebook.

"My recommendation is to forget about eBay and wait a year, especially for new games that take full advantage of its features," Garvey said.  

Garvey earned a master's and a bachelor's of fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also has a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

To speak to Garvey, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).


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