It finally happened folks! After all the waiting Sony has finally revealed the successor of PS3 – PlayStation 4 which is scheduled to come out holiday 2013! I’ve just finished watching Sony’s 2013 PlayStation Meeting live, here’s what has been confirmed so far:
Ease of Access
First of all, it was stated that Sony has made the “ease of access regardless of device” an absolute priority for their new console, meaning that many of the features of the PS4 such as queuing downloads and chatting with friends will be accessible from mobiles and tablets. This way, people will be able to use PlayStation 4′s services while on the run and not physically in front of the console.
Sony has labeled PlayStation 4 as a “platform by game creators for game creators” that is similar to a PC in many ways. During the initial development process they have interviewed the best developers in the world and used their feedback to design a console that would be both user and developer-friendly (unlike the PS3 with its “Cell” processor which is powerful but at the same time difficult to harness for the developers). The technical specifications revealed so far are: x86 CPU, enhanced PC GPU, 8GB of GDDR 5 memory, and a HDD local storage (its capacity is unknown so far, although it wouldn’t be a surprise if different capacity options were available).
Dual Shock 4
Although the console design has not been revealed yet, Sony has presented the new controller – Dual Shock 4. It was mentioned that it provides a much tighter sense of control over the player’s actions, enhanced rumble capabilities, it has a touch pad as a new form of input, a share button, a headphone jack, and a light bar which is combined with a stereo camera that can sense the depth of the environment in front of it and track the 3D position of the controller. I believe it’s currently just a rumor going around the web but it was suggested that PS4 will use face recognition features to log in users to their profile.
Simple, Immediate, Social, Integrated, Personalized
PlayStation 4 will be able to suspend games by a press of a button and enter a low power state, and then instantly resume the game, thereby saving the players all the time of having to load/save their games.
Downloading and updating games in the background will also be possible, but more importantly it was mentioned that PS4 games can be played as they download. This is a great solution as video games are getting bigger and bigger in size. Thankfully, players won’t have to download all 25/50GB of data before being able to play the game.
Importance of Social Play
PlayStation 4 has a built-in video compression/decompression system allowing the player to record and share videos and screenshots of the game-play with PSN friends using its integration with the USTREAM service. It will also be integrated with Facebook in order to make use of all the social networking potential.
Gaikai Tech Implemented
With the technology implemented by Gaikai, the PlayStation Network will understand the player’s preferences to help improve future game-play and personalize his PlayStation experience. One of the features will allow the player to transmit their game to their PSN friends in real time, and ask them for help in passing an in-game obstacle or a puzzle if they’re stuck.
Furthermore, Remote Play will be built-in feature of PS4 and PS Vita will serve as an ultimate companion, similarly to the Game Tab present in Nintendo’s Wii U. Gaikai managed to significantly reduce the transmission time between the server (PS4) and the client (PS Vita) achieving remarkable transmission speeds so the game-play is immediate and fluent. That way, if one of the family members wants to watch some TV, you can quickly switch to your PS Vita and continue your game session. A pretty neat way of finally utilizing PS Vita the right way, huh?
PlayStation 4 Game Line-up
The game line-up looks very promising so far with many new IPs announced: Knack, Killzone Shadowfall, Driveclub, inFamous: Second Son, The Witness, Deep Down (Capcom’s working title), Watch Dogs, Diablo 3, and Destiny. Apart from that, a new Final Fantasy title was hinted to be revealed at this year’s E3.
Also, the list of all the companies that will support PlayStation 4 is attached above, looks impressive if you asked me.
Well, Sony, I have to admit this is certainly looking good, I wonder what Microsoft reveals at their conference. At any rate, good luck trying to win me and millions of other gamers over to buy your next-gen console. After all, there’s plenty of time until the Christmas holidays so keep trying, and let the hype train (finally) roll. We’ve been waiting a long time for this, don’t disappoint us!
Sony 2013 PlayStation Meeting Live Stream [GameTrailers.com] (everything I was able to note down while watching)