After a few days of soaking up the conference and everything that happened during it I can say that Sony did put on an amazing conference. This was possibly the only conference in which a system wasn’t shown (insert lol). They announced the Playstation 4 but this announcement presentation was more about the features and games more than the price and release date. That being said the features and the innovation of the PS4 is absolutely incredible. Instead of me writing some New York Times 10 paragraph bull, i’ll just list what was announced and describe what I liked or disliked about it. First things first….
- The Dualshock 4 – The Dualchock 4 did surprise me (in a good way). They detailed some good features for the Dualshock 4, which includes a colored light bar that differentiates players from others if you are playing with more than one person in your household. A touch pad was mentioned and the craziest thing to me announced was a share button that can take screenshots/videos of any game and upload it to Facebook and other respected social media services AND a sensor for a new Kinect like camera that was mentioned but is still in development. Sony once again raising the bar and innovating in an era where innovation is scoffed at. I applaud Sony for trying to be different and I for one love the design.
Gaikai – Gaikai is a cloud based sharing service that will be showcased for the first time on Playstation 4. This is where Sony had me looking at my PS3 like “You have 5 months to get your things together”. Sony said Gaikai will make all PS1 PS2 PS3 gams available for PS4 via streaming. I was kind of disappointed that PS4 isn’t backwards compatible but then when Gaikai was detailed in the keynote? I was amazed, the fact that we’re going to be able to beat levels of games for our friends via streaming (even if we don’t own the game). We can seamlessly stream our games via UStream. You can even download a game but still be playing it while downloading the rest of it in the background; meaning you can click the x button and without having to wait a long 60 minutes to play, you instantly start playing through Gaikai and it’s downloading the levels you aren’t on yet. The innovation and the options are endless.
Sony then proceeded to proverbially defecate on the competition when they started to show their EXCLUSIVE launch titles which are…..
Holy frag grenade…. Sony is pulling out all the stops trying to return back to the glory of PS2! The games listed are inFAMOUS: Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall, Drive Club, a new Media Molecule IP and an independent puzzle game called The Witness. I’m excited mostly for Killzone Shadow Fall and inFAMOUS: Second Son just because I love both franchises and also because the graphics looked god-like. The new engine for the PS4 is looking like a MONSTER and it looks as though Sony’s relationships with 3rd party studios have strengthened greatly. Even to the point that Diablo III is coming to both PS3 AND PS4 which I may add gave me a gamegasm. Sony really is raising the bar by making social gaming more and more intriguing to a casual gamer such as myself. The sky is limit for the Playsation 4 at this point and there’s nothing that I didn’t like about this conference. I still have some more questions that need to be answered but I guess they’ll be answered before launch.
In conclusion, this was such a good conference and I can’t wait for E3 so I can see the system and price for the PS4. I hypothesize about $450 and most likely mid November for launch. These were my highlights and thank your for reading!