February 26, 2013 in NYC devs from across the world gather at a press conference to hear what Sony has to say about the future of gaming.
As Sony starts the conference with a typical E3 type trailer, Andrew House takes the stage to talk about the “future of gaming” and “next gen consoles.” As the suspense of what all the fuss is really about grows, House finally says the words. Playstation 4. Though House mentions more than just the PS4, he adds the past and present of Playstation history. He says that the PS4 and PS Vita will interact together much more the Vita and the PS3 has. The Vita will also be getting much more attention than it has been.
PS4 is told to be developer friendly, allowing devs to explore more flexible business models.
Next on stage is lead system architect Mark Cerny, who has been working on the “orbis project” for around five years. Cerny’ focus for the system seems to be about interactivity between players and connectivity through facebook and real-time streaming of what your friends are playing the moment they are playing it. Sound like you’re going to need some lighting fast internet for some features. Facebook and USTREAM are integrated into the PS4 making sharing games so much easier.
With a Supercharged PC architecture, an X86 CPU, an enhanced PC GPU, a massive 8GB of unified memory and a Local HDD, the PS4 is bound to be the ultimate machine for future and present gamers, as Playstation has always been the stop for quality gaming.
PS4’s new DualShock 4 controller was a bit of a shock to some as they heard the controller coming with a touchscreen in the middle of it, a share button to upload clips, snapshots, and real-time gaming to your friends. Picture at top of page.
Get this; the PS4 is coming in hot with the ability of background downloading! This allows the user to start a game download and play the game as it downloads! So no more waiting on a game to finish, just start the download and play the game on the spot.
The amazing interaction between players is extraordinary with the ability to help your friends on any part of the game you need. Stuck on a level? Your friends, using real-time spectating, can jump into the game and take over to get you through. Don’t worry; they have to get your ok before they can jump in so there is no hassle. With the new friends network, the personal experience is by far greater than ever before.
David Perry, CEO of Gaikai, takes stage so naturally this means that Gaikai cloud tech will available on the PS4. Certain Cloud services will be rolled out gradually.
You will be able to play games from the Playstation store immediately with instant access due to the Playstation recommending, and background downloading games the network feels you like by seeing the games you have purchased.
Remote play will be built into most games on the PS4. So go grab the Playstation Vita to play your games on the go right where you left off. So naturally there will be cross buy giving you the vita version free after you get the PS4 version of a cross-play compatible game. Neat right? Some current PS3 titles such as Sly Cooper: Thieves in time have these abilities. This brings me to tell you that the PS4 will not be backwards compatible with PHYSICAL copies of PS3 games. Digital Copies can be downloaded and played, hopefully redownloaded from your account so that you won’t need to buy them again. That doesn’t seem to bad though.
The PS4 will come with a vast variety of PSN services including but not limited to: Netflix, Hulu, MLB, Crackle, Amazon, PS+ (naturally), Music unlimited, Video Unlimited, ect. Keep fingers crossed for Pandora.
The following games are said to be released at launch but some may be released a few weeks later:
That’s all the info I have as of now. All we can do is wait for E3 and start saving some cash.