I’m not a Sony fanboi so maybe I was missing something while I watched the presentation, but it seemed like the Sony fanfare was going in full swing. This ins’t the first Sony presentation I’ve sat through so I wasn’t completely surprised. I understand where they are coming from and why they feel they have to present the situation as such. Comments like “for gamers around the world Playstation is the best place to play” comes off as Nintendo’s “Wii U is how U will play next”. However, I understand that you have to be positive to give off positive vibes to make people get excited for your stuff. I know at least a few people that were totally excited about the PS4 after this (even though they never showed the console, booo).
So some of the new thingies (other than being more powerful) you can do with the PS4 include:
-Sharing videos of what you just did super easily.
-You can stream (via uStream) your gaming experiences to share with others and there was some lag, but it seemed like they said something about multistreaming. Does that mean multiple people streaming together? That’d be cool.
-Try before you buy with the new PSN. It’s not a demo, it’s the actual game so you can try it out before you drop money on it.
-Said they have something they referred to as a “2nd custom chip” that will allow you to play the game as you download it.
-Integration with Facebook to share all your achievements easily… since the rest of us really care.
-Remote play via the Vita with upgraded internal stuff’ns to kill lag between the two. Gaikia (a cloud streaming company, basically) basically turns your PS4 into a game server, nifty. That is if developers feel like they want to. If this works out anything like the Wii U is working right now, it’ll be just the first party games.
-PSN will span to the Vita, smartphones, and tablets so you can keep on what your buds are playing (by watching on the go) or buying.
-Big Brother included! They talked about it watching what you play and buy and when it gathers enough info about you, it will download other items onto your system that it feels you will eventually buy so that when you do you can play it right then and there. I’m not the biggest fan of this, but not in the Big Brother kind of way, but in the, “someone else is putting crap on my hard drives” sort of way.
-I believe I heard that it would be always online (like the rumors said) and I feel this is more or less confirmed by Blizzard porting over Diablo III.
Game wise, it’s kind of exciting:
Deep Down (Capcom)
Destiny (Bungie) (With exclusive content for the PS4)
Diablo III (Activition/Blizzard)
Drive Club (Evolution Studios)
Final Fantasy (SquareEnix) (Only showed a tech demo and just stated an FF game will come.)
inFamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch)
Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerrilla Games)
Knack (Studios Japan)
The Witness (Thekla, Inc)
Watch Dogs (UbiSoft Montreal)
*Edit* Another thing I forgot to mention was that while Sony may have confirmed that the PS4 won’t be backwards compatible (thus sayith Destructiod), I already knew that. They mentioned playing all of the older Playstation games (in time) on the cloud. *cough*On Live*cough* That aside, keep in mind what they did with the PS3. In the beginning, they had PS2 compatibility, but took it out, literally It was a physical thing. Cost wise, it was probably nicer on Sony’s wallet (who doesn’t have a PS2 anyway?). The tech is probably so different that they figured they’d do the same thing with the PS4. Of course, since they may be doing this whole “cloud gaming stream” bit, it also means you’ll probably be paying for all the games all over again. On the plus side, no hard drive space is taken up, so that’s cool.
*Confirmed again by IGN as well as saying the games will be around $60. Zero backwards compatibility upfront even with downloadable games like Journey. Come on Sony, you could at least try a little harder.
Sony has some awesome stuff for gamers come this next console. They haven’t told us everything yet, and there are still a few things I’m worried about. I’ll let that go for another day though. I wan’t enthralled, but I wasn’t turned away either. I think competition is good for the industry. I kinda just wish Sony better luck this time around. I feel getting out before the next Microsoft console will be key for them. If they can get some of those next gen games first, then there is a chance that this time, it will be Microsoft’s turn to play catch up.