Wednesday at 6pm was the big PS4 announcement, and boy was it good! They had explained new features that the PS4 and controller will have as well as changes to the PSN. There was also plenty of previews for games that will be coming out with the release of the PS4.
The new PS4, to be released this holiday season, will be able to do all the things that the PS3 was capable of, such as play DVDs, Blue-ray, Netflix, etc; but they wanted all of this not to affect game play or the producers/designers of future games. They wanted it to be a flawless conversion, and, from what was shown and said from various game production companies, they did that pretty well. They did this through the advanced technology that went into creating the system.
The controller is just as high tech as the system is. The new controller, while similar to the PS3 controller in shape and size, has several new components. The new controller now has a touch pad, that will allow you to explore your environments in your games in 3D. It also has a light bar that connects to an ‘eye’ sensor bar that will track the movements of the controller in the 3D environment of your living room as well as help differentiate better between players. They also added a headphone jack.
They also wanted to make the players connected to a larger community, so they added a share button to the controller. Sony did this by teaming up with the communications company Gaikai. Gaikai first presented the “Try it now” feature that will be new the PSN store. This feature will allow gamers to try ‘full’ (Obviously it would be the whole game, but it won’t be a dumbed down version of the first few levels like most demos are) versions for free if you would like before buying the actual game. This “Try it now” feature will also allow you to share games that you like with friends so that they can experience them, too. Which is excellent marketing on Sony’s part. What better way to get advertising than for free through their users? Brilliant.
Speaking of this ‘share’ system, they also wanted interconnectivity to be a must. In doing this they linked the PS4 and PSN with Facebook, making your player profile look much like a profile of a social network site. They will allow you to transfer information from your Facebook, allowing for a much more personal gamer profile. They will also allow you to share things, such as games you like and such, onto your Facebook page.
The greatest accomplishment of this ‘share’ system, though, would be the new ability to broadcast your game live. You can post videos of your epic moments onto your social networking site, and your friends can broadcast your gaming as you’re playing. While they do this they can: 1. Talk to you about your game/situation 2. Take over or ‘Command’ your controller from where ever they are in the world (if you allow them to do so) 3. Post comments on your screen 4. Drop into the game with you.
This connectivity is taken a step further with ‘Remote Play.’ The PSVita will be totally connected to the PS4 system, allowing for instantaneous play from where ever you left off last on either of the systems. All games that will be offered and playable on the PS4 will be playable on the PSVita.
The only thing that is wrong with the PS4, in my opinion, is that there will be no backwards compatibility. I’ve been looking forward to this for some time, and am disappointed that I can’t even play my PS3 games on the new PS4. I was hoping that this would be a change that many gamers would have demanded, and that Sony would have attempted to listen. You’ll be able to do what we are currently doing, downloading older games from PSN Store and playing them, but I’ve had these games already for so long. Why would I want to pay twice to play the same games?
So what is everyone’s thoughts on the new PS4? Anyone else disappointed in not having backwards compatibility still? Will these new social features be useful or hinder game play?