Virtual Reality (VR) has been hovering over the world of technology for awhile now with products like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Sony PlayStation VR, and the Microsoft HoloLens. Opto adds to that list with a defining difference: it intends to be the first portable VR headset with integrated audio. It’s Kickstarter campaign has already been launched on March 31 with the goal of 40,000 GBP by April 29 for the first 500 devices.
Developed by industrial designer Tom Jarvis and software developer Richard Stephens, Opto is a portable VR headset where sound was a top priority during the start of its design. Speakers sit inside the headset so that users do not have to add their own headphones. It has a 40mm 32ohm speakers and a frequency of 20hz/20 khz.
Opto will support any smartphone with screen sizes between 4 and 5.1 inches. It will attach to the phone by way of a magnetic front cover that will allow the user to easily place the phone in and out of the device.
According to Opto’s blog, they are actually reworking the device to support larger phone screens as well as enlarging the acoustic chamber to 50mm.
It is made from the patented closed-cell foam material, XL Extralight, which should make it extremely lightweight and comfortable yet tough at the same time. This could make for an interesting angle for parents, considering that this technology is not only durable but is also easy to clean.
“It is especially suited to children as it’s made of lightweight foam and very impact resistant,” Co-founder Richard Stephens said. “We have tried it with children from about 9 upwards. We are also in partnership with WEARVR.com…They are also launching a new app for curated VR content for kids.”
The current set of VR devices as of right now are bulky and heavy. They also require wires as well as a set of headphones. The goal for Opto is to just carry a smartphone and the VR device instead of lugging around headphones as well.
“Opto is about making high-quality VR accessible for anyone who owns a smartphone. Our aim is to move VR from the gaming den into the living room, “ said Stephens.
Apple announced two new products this week, and while I was hoping for another version of the Apple Watch, we got the next best thing; two new Apple devices. Now the when the 6s details started coming to light, one of the things rumored was a smaller iPhone 6; and when the iPhone 6s finally came out a smaller screen was nowhere to be seen. Just a few months later, many are happy with Apple’s announcement with iPhone 6 SE. The SE is something special that embodies qualities of both the iPhone 5 and 6s.
The specs of the SE are definitely top notch for a phone this size, including almost all of the upgrades Apple made to the 6s, with the exception of 3D touch.
Some specs include:
A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
12-megapixel iSight camera
True Tone flash
4K video recording at 30fps
Starting price for the SE begins at $399 for the 16gb version to $499 for 64gbs. While you’re getting a great deal on what is pretty much a 6s at a cheaper price, 16gbs is pretty underwhelming when you consider how big apps,photos, videos and music is.
For those who want a great medium-sized tablet, there really is nothing else better than the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. In fact, there might not be anything else comparative on the market for the size and price.
The Tab S sports the following features:
1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor
Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS
16 GB hard drive
3 GB RAM
Super AMOLED Display (2560×1600 WQXGA Resolution)
8 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash
2.1 megapixel front camera
Micro SD card slot
The Tab S 8.4 also looks pretty slick.
This tablet is incredibly responsive. It will multi-task nicely without issue, including those who would use it heavily for streaming and social media at the same time. The tablet typically blasts through what most casual users would need, and does a decent job with the hard processing power for a tablet.
The Super AMOLED Display is absolutely amazing. It by far goes above and beyond much tablets out there. The display is incredibly sharp to the point that one may have hard time finding a wallpaper that is high enough resolution to show up properly without being incredibly pixilated. For those who love media, especially videos, will adore the high resolution of this tablet.
The 8.4 inch display is quite nice a well. Some might find that a 10 inch tablet is a bit too big for holding in one hand, while 7 inch tablets are just a bit too small. This one reaches an easy medium. It is easily held in one hand, but has a great screen size.
Size and Shape
The Tab S 8.4 is incredibly thin. Compared to the tablets of a few years ago, this thing is so small and light-weight, even though it has a decently-sized screen. It is easy to hold in one hand and looks amazingly slick with its thin profile.
The Tab S can go many days with just casual use. However, someone who heavily uses the tablet or who decides to run Netflix or another movie streaming site for awhile will need to charge it every night. After a few months of running the device, the battery life has stayed fairly consistent. Extensive multitasking doesn’t drain the battery as much as it could, but it is a good idea to close all applications when done with the device.
Both the front and the back get the job done, however, photography connoisseurs might want to look at the specs first when deciding. The ability to do video chat is great for those who enjoy Skype or Google Hangouts as well.
The biggest–and possibly only–con to this tablet is the fact that it’s a Samsung and the odds of many Android updates are very, very slim. In the past, older Samsung tablets have not been updated pretty much at all.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is impressive as a high-performing tablet. The display alone is enough to turn heads. However, with the performance and style, this tablet really does shine.
For PlayStation gamers looking for a decent wireless headset, the PlayStation Gold is a great option. It has many features that are a must-have for online game play. Though there may be better headsets out there with better sound quality, there really isn’t anything sufficient available for the price.
Here are some of the features that the Gold provides:
The battery life is very similar to that of a typical PS4 controller. If both are charged at the same time, the battery will last for the same amount of time. This provides a full day of gaming with one charge, or if a person is only casually gaming, it will hold out for a couple of days between charges. With a standard mico USB charger, if it the batter does get low, it can easily be charged while a person is still playing with a long cable. The one that is provide with the Gold is quite short, however.
The PlayStation Gold is pretty comfortable. It certainly is a lot more wearable than an in-ear headset and can be worn for quite awhile with no issue. In fact, it is easy to forget that the headset is on. There is padding along the top and around the ears. The ear phones themselves are large enough to be comfortable for many hours of gaming. It can get a bit hot because it is a larger headset, which may affect those living in a warmer more humid climate.
The Gold features a noise cancelling microphone for chat during gaming. There is an adjustable volume for chat and game volume, which is really handy. It also easily adapts to the PS3, PS4, PSVita (using a headphone jack), or PC. The Gold is incredibly easy to plug into a PS3 or PS4: just plug the USB in and select headset from the console. Two PlayStation Gold’s can be plugged into a PS4 at once, making split-screen gaming with a friend very easy. The microphone itself is very clear and, unlike the PlayStation Silver, does not have a microphone sticking out.
The Gold has a 7.1 virtual surround sound, and it does sound pretty decent. A true audio connoisseur will probably not like it, but the average gamer will no doubt enjoy the sound quality for the price.
The best part about the PlayStation Gold is its versatility because there are many more uses for it than just gaming. It’s great for watching Netflix while a spouse of significant other is asleep. For those people with children, a person can watch or play something without worrying about the kids hearing foul language. For apartment dwellers, the Gold is amazing for late night movies and gaming so that the neighbors don’t hear. The Gold is an overall good headset
So, is the PlayStation Gold the best wireless headset ever? No. However, is it the best for the price? Absolutely! It typically retails for a hundred dollars or lower, depending on the deal. For a comfortable and versatile headset, that is a very reasonable price.
This was my first year attending TigerDirect’s Tech Bash which itself isn’t exactly an old established event itself but apparently buddies and staff there last year noticed two major changes from its last run.
An increase in attendance.
An increase in observers.
What do I mean by observers? Well mostly people who don’t use technology so much, besides your run of the mill smart phone and computer for social networking and whatnot, and only attended to get a show and maybe some free stuff. There were many attendees and yet a lot of the large extravagant gaming setups seemed to go largely ignored by them.
Funny enough there was a huge line for a demo of the Oculus Rift which as you know Zuckerberg picked for its potential outside of gaming despite the project initially getting funded by a largely gamer demographic.
Now you can’t talk about the event without talking about how all the different exhibitors were laid out. The event was hosted at Marlins Park, the baseball stadium for Miami’s team. In the homefield where the actual games are played they set up a temporary show floor to not ruin the grass where the main sponsors were gathered. The areas outside the ring of stadium seat had rows of exhibitors with smaller booths from NVidia to Microsoft. I wish I could show the wide range of booths and setups but unfortunately my PC is not working normally and can’t detect my SD card. I believe I could benefit from buying either from Asus or iBUYPOWER whom had gaming setups in the main exhibit area. In terms of gaming a lot was going on, there were promotions for giveaways, gaming lounges, and Alienware even had a preview of Dying Light.
I have a few suggestions for both the actual event and its exhibitors to make next year even better.
Get a convention center. Marlins Stadium is large, but results in a lot of wasted space and more crowding.
Make the event slightly longer than 7 PM to 11 PM. It’s a short span of time to network, look around, have fun, find your buddies, etc. Especially when everything moves so slowly. Also observers can take up less of the event’s time.
If you’re having giveaways every half hour or so, PLEASE don’t make it a be there or lose deal. Seriously. Ask for a phone number and text the winner to collect their prize at the booth. A raffle of that sort should only be conducted once and have a prize worth the attendance. I’m looking at you Sandisk.
I can see Tech Bash is also an opportunity for people in the industry to connect. So please, make the networking event more accessible instead of a secluded area for the employees of event sponsors.
TigerDirect Tech Bash is a promising event with room to grow, but the event will have to grow along with its number of attendees lest they suffer in quality and lose the interest of sponsors and attendees. Miami does have a small but growing technology sector, and we need events like the Tech Bash to present it in a positive light and help foster it.
As everyone has already said it’s hard to believe and year has gone by, but with no complaints E3 media day is back! Per usual Sony followed Microsoft and this year both knew the focus would have to be bringing next gen gaming hype to their respective console. Here’s Sony’s Press Conference in it’s entirety if you missed it courtesy of IGN.
Without going too deep into each title here are the high notes from the presser and leading off the conference was this new Destiny Trailer.
The big announcement for Destiny was that starting this Thursday there will be Alpha access for the game and the Beta will begin July 17th. Also announced was a Destiny PS4 bundle including a new “Glacier white” PS4, Destiny and a 30 day trial of PS+. The white PS4 will be released along with the game on Sep. 9 and has the same specs and the others so other than a color change nothing new is being added.
Next Andrew House introduced the new gameplay trailer for the The Order 1886.
If you don’t know The Order was introduced last year at E3 and is a game about a group of knights protecting the world from monsters like the one you saw above.
Also shown was a new indie game called Entwined. Entwined is brought to you by Pixel Opus, a combination of recent graduates from Carnegie Mellon and San Jose State university.
Entwined, according to the speaker, is a game about “two souls in love.” Throughout the game you’re guiding these souls through sequences and upon clearing levels will have them come together to create a dragon. It’s a cute little game that’s out now in the Playstation store for $9.99.
Infamous Second Son made a repeat appearance this year, but its big announcement was the standalone DLC coming in August featuring “Fetch.” Alongside it was the announcement and premiere of Little Big Planet 3.
One of the biggest reveals was Bloodborne. You might remember a the game being called Project Beast and is Hidetaka Miyazaki’s, director of the first two souls games, new title. If you’re a souls fanboy like me you probably can’t wait for this game to come out.
Far Cry 4 came out with a gameplay trailer as well, but the most interesting part was the drop-in co-op at the end of the trailer.
Far Cry 4’s co-op is called guns for hire and the best part is you don’t have to own the game to play it. If you have a friend that wants to play with you and he doesn’t own it or you’re the one wanting to join you just drop in and play like you’ve always had it. You also get all the experience from that session as well.
The coolest game of the show was a game called No Man’s Sky by indie studio Hello Games.
I don’t even know what to do in the game, but every time I see the trailer I just get extremely excited. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t get ruined by the impending hype train that is E3 reveals and expectations.
If you haven’t seen the press conference you really should give it a look. It’s full of cool and interesting things coming to the system in the coming months. Last of Us is getting a remastered release, Ratchet and Clank the movie was premiered, GTA V is coming to next gen and you can upload your PS3 or Xbox 360 save data. It’s going to be a great, guys.
More towards the end of conference Sony took a backseat from games to introduce some of the new hardware coming out like Playstation Tv and project Morpheus.
Playstation Tv allows you to play a huge library of Playstation games with just the device and a Dualshock 3 controller. As for Mopheus more and more developers are starting to play around with it and the PS4 camera giving their VR headset a pretty bright outlook.
Rounding out the evening were two trailers for the upcoming Batman game, Batman Arkham Knight, and a new trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Overall I really enjoyed Sony’s press conference. While the PS4 still isn’t a must have these games should be more than enough to help you make your decision regardless of whichever console you choose.
“A showcase of video games and the creators who make them”
Artscape is a weekend arts festival where part of the Baltimore City downtown area is filled to the brim with all sorts of sights and sounds of famous and local musical artists to world renowned talents in Rap and R&B. While walking the streets, you will also bump into locals to share a beer with or find a new food dish to NOM NOM on. What you normally wouldn’t find until this year is GAMESCAPE, where you can interact with international and local game developers. You get the opportunity to play new games created by the very ones displaying them – think of a more intimate PAX convention. There will also be classic arcade titles there for your enjoyment for the first time for you younger gamers, or for nostalgic purposes for us not so older gamers. With roughly 20+ developers and games available you will find games geared towards all ages from basic color match games and mind puzzles, up to 2D platformers and beyond you will be entertained. I would suggest if you have children and/or nieces and nephews this too might be a place to bring them to while you’re in town. The fun doesn’t stop after ARTSCAPE ends at night, later you can ham it up with gamers and other lively folks featuring live performances of video game music. The scheduling for this particular event is July 18th & 19th from 11am to 9pm and July 20th from 11am to 8pm. Below is a list from the ARTSCAPE 2014
Participants University of Baltimore:Aaron OldenbergGame: Student WorkCurrent work from students and faculty in University of Baltimore’s Simulation and Digital Entertainment program, including senior capstone projects, Global Game Jam competition entries and faculty creative work.CAVE Team:Jonathan MoriartyGame: CAVECAVE is a 2D-platformer where the player has to manipulate their perspective on the environment in order to solve puzzles and progress through the cave.BrinkBit:Bryan BamfordGame: Playing FavoritesPlaying Favorites was conceived around a campfire in September of 2013. The designers wanted to take the laughter and fun of a house party with best friends and capture that feeling in a mobile game.Earthborn Interactive:Hadar SilvermanGame: Flutter BombsFlutter Bombs is part of a much larger project exploring physics based player control through the travels of a butterfly.OriGamic:Shawn PierreGame: Henka Twist CaperHenka Twist Caper: 1/2 twisting, 1/2 caper, 3/2 madness. Twist your body. Twist the controller. Stay in the box. Find the sweet spot. Stop everyone else.Critical Gameplay:Lindsay GraceGame: Black Like MeWhat are your color matching skills? Black Like Me is a simple puzzle game. Match the color to win. The longer you play, the more the colors look alike. The game starts easy, but doesn’t stay that way. This game is mesmerizing, simple and fun. Can you really tell your colors apart, or in the end does everything just look black to you?LelexSoft:Alejandro RodriguezGame: Dungeon DiveDungeon Dive is a dungeon-crawling game show in which players take on the role of contestants in pursuit of wealth, power and survival in a dungeon that is constantly changing, never providing the same experience twice.Nice Nice Games:Alexander GrubeGame: X-Zip-ItThis is a mobile game about unzipping zippers. The game takes advantage of touch controls by having obstacles that require certain gestures to remove. The goal of the game is to unzip the zippers as fast as possible on each stage and earn gold!Salokin Games:Andrei ShulgachGame: Elite ForceThis is a survival game, but players can use a unique set of weapons to defeat the enemies that spawn each round. Players can upgrade their abilities like in a standard survival shooter, but a few unique aspects like and make the experience more enjoyable and memorable. The experiences in battle are carried over to the main menu where statistics are updated live on holograms. All of this is to make the world and atmosphere feel authentic and exciting.Seven Hills Games:Greg AringGame: Battle PrismDesigned around the theme “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are,” Battle Prism is a multiplayer battle and objective game where you can only interact with tiles and other players that are your color. Players can switch between three colors (red, green, blue) strategically to navigate colorful, Tetris-like levels, escape and attack opponents, and score points in objective games (capture the flag, oddball, and more.). Three dimensions of color make for interesting multiplayer interactions and adds a new element to the multiplayer arena battle genre.Cameron Reigle:Game: Pizza Robot Rush“The genesis of Pizza Robot Rush was attempting to connect my studies of illustration with affection for the 16-bit games of the nineties. I wanted to explore the unique visual elements that came to be out of crafting of games working under imposing technical restrictions, while also provide an interactive experience to the audience that would be allow them to be interested in what they were seeing, but could be played and quickly moved on from and talked about. Hence, we have a brightly-colored game with a goofy narrative and sci-fi elements that involves a trio of misfit robots delivering Pizza as quickly as possible.”UMBC Game Developers Club:Michael LuengGame: Student Projects“Each year, our student run club produces 2-4 games after stages of pitching, prototyping, and voting. We then form teams of artists and programmers from a variety of majors at UMBC, and build our games over the course of the year. After the year ends, we look for opportunities to share our work with the community at events such as Gamescape, Magfest, and URCAD.”Nice Nice Games:David KimGame: Null X VoidNull x Void is a 1D Fighter with the objective of trying to push your opponent off of the stage. Contrary to other fighting games which involve two or even three dimensions of movement, Null x Void is restricted to only one dimension. This forces players to either just push the opponent off the stage or to swap the opponent off the stage as they are getting pushed against. Players will have the choice of choosing from multiple characters that each have their own unique ability, as well as multiple stages, each with their own twist, to spice things up in battle.Jacob Fleisher:Game: The Adventures of CrocduckCrocduck is a 2D sidescroller in which you play as a half crocodile, half duck, who spits bees from his mouth, who fights hordes of ghosts, crabs, and clouds, controlled by an evil, sentient, space-faring fern.BatteryStaple GamesLChris KingGame: Echoes of EriduEchoes is a love letter to Mega Man X, and remixes it with full multiplayer (local and online) and roguelike elements, including randomized level generation, powerups, enemies, and bosses.Pie for Breakfast Studios:Chris TottenGame: Dead Man’s Trail“We created Dead Man’s Trail after a historical research survey of zombie media and literature. We wanted to take elements of what makes zombies so terrifying and embody these elements in game mechanics in a survival game. With DMT, players travel across the country while keeping their party of travelers happy and healthy. These travelers each have a specialized job that aids the journey, so each is a valuable resource that must be preserved. Players may also loot towns in 3D dungeon crawling levels where they must get in and get out before a horde arrives.”MABNanZ:Micah BettsGame: Combat CoreCombat Core is a 3D arena fighting game that borrows elements from games like Power Stone, Custom Robo, and Super Smash Bros. It focuses on multiplayer combat using customized fighters, weapon pickups, powerups, and environmental hazards.Critical Gameplay:Lindsay GraceGame: YouYou is a game about play and the illusive pursuit of meaningful play. Each level of the game is about problem solving a space for You to meet objectives while making sense of the in-game content. Using the player character, You, the player is both making meaning out of nonsense and finding meaning where it is absent. The game is designed as a light-hearted critical reflection on the intersection of narratology and ludology.Mindtoggle:Lindsay GraceGames: Penguin Roll and My Child Knows ChinesePenguin Roll: A simple, kid friendly game where players must tilt their device to roll a penguin home. This game hit the top 100 ranking for Action and Arcade games in 3 countries on iOS.My Child Knows Chinese: A collection of mini games and digital toys to teach toddlers (age 2-3) Mandarin Chinese.11:11 Studio:Denver CoulsonGames: SuperTrip and UDLR:SwipeSuperTrip: This game is not for the faint of heart. This is for the adventurers, the go getters, and the true heroes of this world. With SuperTrip, you and your friends will travel to locations you never thought were there. You may even find hidden gems in your own hometown you’ve never noticed before! The goal of the game is to reach all the destinations. You’ll choose how many waypoints you’d like to discover, how long of a game you’d like, and go! You can race your friends or go as a group. The mechanics of the game will push you a little out of your comfort zone as you travel through possibly the innards of a city or perhaps the backwoods of the country. Even more, a sense of camaraderie will be built with your team as you share unique experiences that, before SuperTrip, never would have happened.UDLR:Swipe is a a game focused on the satisfying feeling of swiping.Pixel Bomb Studios:Jonathan PilleyGames: Croq and Brain Blazer“Our approach to games relies heavily on making games that we enjoy developing and that we know gamers will enjoy playing. We’re particularly focused on mobile at the moment, but expansion onto other platforms (such as Steam or consoles) certainly isn’t out of the question in the future. Right now, we’re working as hard as we can to make the best games we can and would love to be part of an event such as Gamescape with like-minded and committed groups and individuals.Starogre:Jon SchubbeGame: InterCubesIntercubes is an installation of suspended cubes and projected graphics, driven by live performance and audio-visuals. The installation is interactive, and each player controls an arcade button that is connected to one of the three cubes, and plays a social, head-to-head version of Simon Says with a twist and more planned.Curator Ben Walsh Ben is the CEO and founder of Pure Bang Games. Ben is also the founder of Gamescape, and co-founder of Innovate Baltimore, a community development organization aimed at connecting Creative Tech entrepreneurs with the people they need to build and grow their businesses.
Sound off if you will be going to Baltimore’s ARTSCAPE come July 18th-20th. If so, maybe you might bump into a couple of RealOtakuGamer.com staff while you are enjoying the city’s festivities!
Nintendo I am a multi-console gamer, with that being said I have personally had numerous conversations and debates with other gamers from other platforms. What I hear from gamers from such platforms like the Xbox brand and the Sony brands and the consensus is that you are missing key features that are current in today’s console market. These features are Technologies like in-game chat and cross-game chat, I am Not sure if your system is setup in such a way that you can add something like in game or cross game chat into the Wii U infrastructure but, these are very important in today’s social gaming scene.
It behooves me that with such the foresight to create a social gaming network like the miiverse you did not have the insight to add something like in-game chat. In-game chat has been around since the original Xbox, something that has proven to be a valuable additive in the gaming scene. Since then the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 continued on that idea that online social gaming is the next logical evolution of local multiplayer. It is understood that the local multiplayer experience is one of the pillars of gaming even today. In-game chat helps family and friends who are no longer available to physically sit down with friends and play games with in-game chat we can join online with our families and friends to stay connected. The inclusion of cross-game chat helps us play the same multiplayer games that we enjoyed playing while sitting on our families and our friends couches.
It is known that PlayStation 3 infrastructure was not set up for the addition to cross game chat though it did have a fairly decent in-game chat system to later with the Playstation 4 add cross-game chat. I know that the Wii U for the new Nintendo network is set up to be updated via the web framework design. I am not sure how this could be applied to this feature though, I hope it is possible that you could add some features like in-game and cross-game chat into the Wii U if not both. There is a couple of my friends on PlayStation 4 that actually got rid of their Wii U’s simply because there was no in-game or cross-game chat.
Here are the experiences that draw today’s gamer with in-game and cross-game chat. Today’s gamer loves to play online multiplayer and that is a fact games like first person shooters, sports titles such as NBA, NFL, FIFA and any other genre that local multiplayer could be used. We totally enjoy poking fun with our friends or helping them get through a certain level of a game. The Miiverse does fill in that gap but, this method while highly viable is not a constant stream of interactivity that is sometimes wanted or needed as far as social gaming is concerned. Nintendo, you of all people know how fun it is to sit and have fun with your loved ones in your living room or wherever you have your console. The inclusion of in-game and cross-game chat will help to dramatically raise interest in the Wii U along with helping developers see the light that the struggling platform is much more than something that only Nintendo loyalists flock too. The Nintendo Wii U has provided a safe haven for independent developers and I believe with the addition of current features like in-game and cross-game chat the major AAA developers will give your console a second look. I love the Wii U and at this point from my experiences with my playstation 4 you can actually compete with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 but, you first have to catch up with the times and add in-game chat/cross-game chat though, you should focus on inputting cross-game chat because thats where it truly matters and much more simpler. Please help promote Real Otaku Gamers initiative on all your favorite social networks along with the #WiiUvenate Thanks and game on!
They’re coming. Wave upon wave of next-gen games and do you know what the best part about that is? Actually being able to play whatever game(s) you just came home with and one thing that may prevent you from doing so is not having enough space on your not-so-big 500GB hard drive.
Now I know that seems like a lot of space and on past consoles you’d be completely correct, however, with every game on each console requiring a full download you’ll see that space quickly disappear.
The problem is that the games are bigger. Like a lot bigger. 20GB big and that combined will all of your captures, shares and whosits and whatnots is a lot of space taken up. It doesn’t help either that people forget that a good amount of your hard drive will be taken up with firmware data so you’re not actually getting all 500 gigs. You’re getting 408GB on the PS4 and 362GB on the Xbox One.
Now, with the Xbox one you have two legal options. You can periodically check your remaining space or you can devote an external drive or USB to your games/saves to help out. Managing your data isn’t that big of a task either due to the helpful little graphic that displays your remaining space and percentage of space used and you can easily delete and item or see how much space it uses by pressing the menu button (formerly Start).
If neither of these choices for whatever reason don’t appeal to you and you’d just like to have more space that’s an option too. An illegal option.
Like the PS4 you can upgrade your hard drive to a new bigger Solid State drive, hybrid or just another hard drive, but doing so voids your warranty. For those of you interested, youtuber Brian Williams uploaded a video showing you exactly what you need to do. I’ll also talk more about replacing your drive later.
The kind people at Sony on the other hand give you the same options, but putting in a new drive is actually supported. They even allow you to update your firmware/software on the console. If the graphics don’t help there is also this video by CNET which should get you through it. If you would just like to manually manage your data to avoid the tech side of things it’s easy as well. Just go to “System Storage Management” on your console and it’ll display all the information you need.
Here’s the thing about replacing your hard drives, nobody is just giving you a brand new shiny HDD or SSD for free. They cost. You can get a 1TB HDD for about $60-$80, but that’s on top of the expensive system you just bought and without any of the gains an SSD would bring and if you’re thinking about going the 1TB SSD route know that you’ll essentially be buying two consoles. They’re very expensive, but do offer faster load times on the consoles. Even if not by a lot the gains are still there.
Here’s the other option. There’s always another option. You could just wait. Developers are still learning the new consoles and the games that truly push their potential won’t be out until later this year or next. So wait just wait. I’m assuming there will at least be another variation of the consoles released with bigger drives so if the space is really bumming you out hold off until you get what you want. No sense in settling.