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At the beginning of the month Sony had a video posted that promoted the Sony Meeting in New York City for February 20th, 2013. The gaming world began to buzz about the possible reveal of the Playstation 4.
Well, yesterday at 6 PM EST, Sony’s even began and millions tuned in online, with some being at the event itself.
And it was long, uneventful and rather vague.
For two hours Sony execs and game developers talked about their titles and the PS4 and how the games will be fantastic on them. There were no live-play demos (demos played by the developers a la E3) except for one that involved the Move function. All other were predetermined CGI cutscenes or videos that are what are passed for “gameplay trailers” (another misnomer that is usually in-game CGI).
First off the bat, the new UI (user-interface) was revealed. It looks to be a mashup of Steam’s current look and Xbox 360’s dashboard. The main focus point here was “social” capabilities. That seemed to be what was stressed most about the new console. Being able to have your Facebook integrated in-console with your PSN profile. Being able to during a game, quickly share clips to other PSN members. Another point was the console learning about you, based off the games you play and being able to try and suggest what games should be played next.
The controller was than revealed. It is the Dualshock 4. It is essentially the same as the Dualshock 3, but in the center mass is a touchpad whose function had not been discussed at all. The top portion of the controller now sports two new features:
A “Share” button
A colored light.
The colored light is designated to a single profile on a single console. This way if you have friends over, they can sigh into their PSN account and have a different colored light on their controller. The “share” button allows you to in-game share clips of your current game to share over the PSN.
Tech specs were given, but very few.
The PS4 will use the X86 CPU, have 8GB of memory and a local hard drive. It will use APU technology and GDDR5 memory.
These specs were only mentioned and not truly delved into. There is a second processing chip that will allow for background downloading (even when your console is powered off, similar to Xbox 360’s background downloads). Two other new features are the ability to background games which is what is available today on the PSVita and the second stems from the PSP, which will allow you to have your console enter a low-power mode and the game you’re currently playing be stored on the 8GB of RAM, so you can power up and pick up right were you left off.
Speaking of the PSVita, Sony revealed their version of the Xbox Smartglass connection. Being able to connect via smartphones, tablets and computers. Streaming your PS4 games to your Vita, which is interesting on many levels considering the Vita is missing two shoulder buttons, and it is unknown how stable the games will be on the smaller hardware.
These features, while expected since they were included in the PSVita, are rather underwhelming in the grand scheme of it all. The UI is playing catch up to the Xbox 360 as are most of these features. Granted it is only February, and Sony just wanted to let people know that the PS4 is coming.
Next were the video presentations. They began with a “demo” of the PS4. They showed an Unreal 4 video that was all CGI footage.
Oh, then we have the games. The AAA titles shown off were nothing new. Killzone’s newest entry looked the most brilliant, but at the same time didn’t really show off much. It was a predetermined and recorded piece of game footage, that at the end transitioned into the titles.
inFamous has a spinoff called Second Son, which was all CGI cutscene footage.
Driveclub was next from Edge Games. It looks more like Forza than Gran Turismo.
Then they showed off the smaller developers and Move title (to be honest, I was loosing interest and began to cook dinner during these points.)
I caught Quantic Dream’s presentation that focused only on graphics. Having played all their games since the amazing and little-played Omikron, I must say their games are increasingly more about graphics than they are actual gameplay. They showed off impressive visuals of an old man, and pointed out all the little touches to the image that makes it look so lifelike (yet it didn’t).
Finally, they moved away from Sony exclusives and onto the big name publishers and developers.
Capcom was first, but my feed to the stream cutout and I entirely missed that portion.
Square Enix was up next, and they showed off footage of a untitled video, that really made me think of Final Fantasy. What struck me though was a week ago, I was Google searching for info on the Xbox 720 and saw images from this video. There is now a conspiracy amongst some that this video was for Xbox 720.
Ubisoft followed and showed off their E3 sleeper, Watch Dogs. This was the biggest disappointment of the night, as the footage shown really looked exactly like that shown at E3 last year. The graphics did not look any better, and the game itself, seems to be a modern day Assassin’s Creed with futuristic tech.
Blizzard showed off that Diablo III will be coming to the PS3 and PS4. I wonder if that mean Error 37 will also be making its way over.
For those who do not get the gravity of that joke, please YouTube “Error 37”. That guy, he paid cash money and can’t log the fuck in.
Activision was the grande finale, and a rather boring one. Going on about how they have made the biggest blockbuster games since the PS2 days and how they look to continue that. They showed off the Bungie developed Destiny.
Destiny looks exactly like Halo in a new setting. The footage really did not show anything that hasn’t already been seen, and it makes one wonder, was this even a good idea to have this event? I am also amused at how hardcore PS fanboys are now praising Destiny and Bungie when for years they ridiculed them for making that horrible Halo game.
The event closed with the announce my that Destiny will have exclusive content for PS4, and that the PS4 will be out Holiday 2013.
Now, this may seem like a halfassed review of the event, but in truth, this is what it was. I may have missed a few points due to me being involved with the antics around my abode, but these are the biggest points that caught my attention.
The issue with this event… Are more than one. No price range, no details of how this is a vast improvement over the PS3. But the worst part:
THEY NEVER SHOWED THE ACTUAL PLAYSTATION 4.
How do you have a reveal for your next-gen console, without showing the console?
Microsoft has to be laughing their asses off after this reveal. Granted, there is still PAX East in March and E3 in June for Sony to show the console and more features, but Microsoft now has the ability to steal all the thunder away from Sony at any of these events. If the new Xbox debuts as PAX or even E3 (where Microsoft always is first up day 1) then the PS4’s thunder is gone.
Sony needed this. They needed to reveal the PS4 before the new Xbox. They needed to create a buzz about their next-gen console. They did that. But, can they keep this momentum?
I will have a post up later tonight about what I think about it. It will be non-biased and I will list the pros and cons of the system.
Yes, I am a PC and Xbox player but I was a huge fan of the PS2 and hates the original Xbox. My issues with the PS3 were the price, $600 on day 1 was unacceptable. The online was nothing to write home about, and tidy it’s biggest hold over the Xbox is that it is free, but with Xbox you pay for more.
Exclusives seem to be the other drawing power of the Playstation consoles, but companies are realizing there is more money to he made if they make games for both consoles. Bungie has Destiny coming out for both Xbox and PS3, and now Konami is releasing Metal Gear games on both as well.
If Sony does reveal the PS4 tonight it will not be a surprise. It took 6 years for the PS3 to finally outsell the Xbox 360, and in those six years, each new model of the PS3 has lost a feature. First were all the USB and disc ports, and then it was the ability to play PS2 game discs. The Xbox on the other hand has gone through numerous upgrades and is a true entertainment console. Sony needs a headstart against Microsoft’s new console.
The Playstation Meeting event is tonight at 6PM EST, and can be seen on Sony’s site as well as numerous other streaming sites such as Twitch.TV.