In the next two weeks, Sony and Microsoft will be launching the latest versions of their popular PlayStation and Xbox video game consoles in head-to-head retail campaigns going into the holiday shopping season. The PlayStation 4, the first new version of the platform in eight years, goes on sale on Nov. 15, followed by the Xbox One on Nov. 22.
But will these consoles offer enough improvements over their predecessors to lure a new generation of gamers? The AP will address this and other questions with full coverage of these highly anticipated, high-stakes launches, including reviews and gift guides.
Below is a rundown of what we plan, including tentative movement dates. Retail sales figures and any hardware glitches that surface will be covered on merits. For further information, contact Technology Editor John Simons at firstname.lastname@example.org or Entertainment Editor Steve Loeper at email@example.com:
Wednesday, Nov. 13:
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-PLAYSTATION 4. By Lou Kesten, 600 words, photos.
Thursday, Nov. 14:
NEW YORK — New video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft come after a 7 and 8-year hiatus. Demand from gamers is all but certain for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. But a lot has changed in the gadget landscape since 2006. Will the game industry have happy holidays this season? By AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. 700 words, photos.
Friday, Nov. 15:
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-PLAYSTATION 4-GAMES. Short reviews for a selection of new games designed for the machine.
Monday, Nov. 18:
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-PC GAMING
ATLANTA — Last call for PC gaming. All aboard! Or so it would seem as the next generations of Xbox and PlayStation gaming consoles are set to debut this month and stomp out any lingering vestiges of PC gaming. Putting out strong titles for PCs is a bit of an afterthought for publishers these days. Which is too bad, because PCs and laptops running Intel's newest Haswell processor can handle the most demanding games on the market without a hiccup. By Ron Harris. 700 words, photos.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-PC GAMING-ACCESSORIES. 500 words.
Friday, Nov. 22:
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-XBOX ONE. By Lou Kesten, 600 words, photos. (Subject to embargo.)
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-XBOX ONE-GAMES. Short reviews for a selection of new games designed for the machine.
Tuesday, Nov. 26:
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-CONSOLES GIFT GUIDE. A look at pros and cons of PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Wii U. Which machine is the right one for whom? By Lou Kesten. 600 words, photos.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-GAMES GIFT GUIDE. A selection of new video games worth considering. By Lou Kesten. 600 words, photos.
Wednesday, Dec. 4:
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-CONSOLES BEYOND GAMES.
LOS ANGELES — While both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are gaming machines at their core, new features make them entertainment hubs as well. Xbox One promises to allow you to flit between games and TV shows via voice command and both systems allow you to play your own selection of music while blasting away at your onscreen opponents, as long as you pay for a music subscription. By AP Business Writer Ryan Nakashima. 700 words, photos.