Not too long ago I picked up Rocksteady’s last installment on the Batman series. Their take on the Batman franchise has been well coveted. I do own the games for PC on Steam, as well as having, I think, Batman: Arkham City on PS3 via their PS+. I picked up this game for the PlayStation 4
I am like all over the place here. I am trying to set up my PS4, whilst trying to upload a video, and put this post together. Anyway, I have yet to play anything, as of right now, I cannot log into my PSN account.
For now watch me unbox Sony’s new system.
I quickly took the unboxing video, and now we have to dub it, and do all this other stuff. We also will try to get it to work with our PS3, as some reports state. On super early impressions, it feels good, a bit bigger than the DS3, and a bit heftier, but not uncomfortable. It does feel more ergonomic in the hands. Shoulder buttons feel better placed and the analogs feel that much tighter. The touchpad, can also be pressed, which I didn’t know. In any case, here’s a quick comparo pic with my pretty dirty DS3.
It looks like the Playstation 4 will be doing more than play games and sharing gameplay videos. Users will be able to issue navigational commands via voice as well as be able to recognize your ugly mug all via the Playstation Camera. There’s a demo clip at the bottom from GameStop Expo 2013. The clip is a bit off the cuff but gets the point across.
One thing that comes to mind is whether the PS Camera will also exploit user privacy, but that’s for another article entirely. For now use this demo to make an informed decision.
With all the hoopla regarding XBox One’s DRM, Sony released a short instructional video demonstrating how one person can share a game to another person on the Playstation 4. Very informative.
Someone from Reddit pieced it together. looks PS3 ish. I kind of like the minimalist design. Who knows how close this is to the final product.
- One Person Tried To Put All Those PS4 Pictures Together (kotaku.com)
- Sony teases blurred PS4 (flawedgaming.com)
Sony recently announced it’s successor to the Playstation 4 yesterday at their press event in NYC. On paper it looks like a power house, sporting an AMD 8-core “Jaguar” X86 64-but CPU, AMD Radeon, Graphics, 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM, the usual array of wireless letters, a Blu-Ray drive, and other goodies usually found in consoles these days. (USB ports, HDMI, etc., etc.). Sony seems to be making this a social system, meaning it will let you see what your friends are playing, watch them play in real time, post up to FB, and other social features that Sony has planned.
They also unveiled the Dual Shock 4, and I am so relieved that they still retained the classic shape and look of Playstation controllers of the past, but now, it has a touch pad similar to that found on the PS Vita. Few new features found on the new controller is a headset jack, and a share button. Absent is the start, and select buttons, but seems to have been replaced with an ‘options’ button. It appears to have gained some weight also, seeing as it does sport some new hardware, one can only assume that it has. This was probably my biggest concern, since there were rumors floating around prior to the the press event that Sony was totally revamping the controlling. I am so glad it still retain’s the old shape we have known to love since the PSOne days.
I’ve been conversing with a few friends about this, and we are all very excited. The graphics on the tech demo’s and other trailers that have been released just look astounding. I’m not too fond or keen on the social aspects, but it’s probably going to be pretty transparent. There are no photos of the actual system itself, though, pictures of the dev. kits has surfaced. Before today, we were all unsure if there would be a physical tangible disc, as they were really focusing on downloading the game. Reading some more articles today squashed our fears of not having physical discs. But another concern is the need to be connected to the internet at all times to be able to play. Now I hope this is just a rumor, because, even if my PS3 is always connected to my router, thus giving it access to the interwebs, my ISP sometimes has hiccups, like if someone sneezes hard in the general vicinity of it’s equipment/wires. I still would like to play ‘offline’. Not everyone has blazing fast internet also. So I think it would be a poor decision on Sony’s part to implement this. Again, this is just a rumor, and hopefully it will stay that way. Also, it does not have backwards compatibility with PS3, which is lame. Reason, well, the Cell processor which was a power-pc type, is a different architecture from x86. Coding wise, it’s different, and from what I read, if it can’t be emulated without taxing the system too much, then it wont be playable on the PS4. Another piece of rumor I just came across, is that the system will controllable via smartphone (iOS or Android), and tablet. It will work similar to that of Microsoft’s Smartglass app for the X-Box. (source: http://toucharcade.com/2013/02/20/rumor-playstation-4/)
Apparently the release date is Nov. of this year.
We are truly excited to see this come to light. The specs for it will make it seem like a true computing powerhouse, and once the developers get to know the system, and manipulate it like how Naughty Dog made the PS3 it’s bitch with Uncharted 2 and 3, one can only imagine the type of game’s we will be playing in 2-3 years. We will post up any new information regarding the PS4, as we get a hold of it. Rumor or not.
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- Sony Officially Reveals PlayStation 4, DualShock 4 (geeky-gadgets.com)
- Five Unanswered Questions from the PlayStation 4 Event (forbes.com)
- PlayStation 4 tech specs revealed: AMD ‘Jaguar’ CPU, faster Blu-ray, 720p 3D camera (theverge.com)
- PlayStation 4 Is Officially Out The Bag (flawedgaming.com)
- Watch Sony’s “Next PlayStation” event live stream right here! (neowin.net)
- Sony announces the PlayStation 4 (theverge.com)
- Oh Yes, the PlayStation 4 is Now Official! (hothardware.com)
- Sony PlayStation 4 Event Wrap-Up (ubergizmo.com)
- We Still Have No Idea What the Playstation 4 Looks Like (forbes.com)
- Sony Announces the PlayStation 4 Gaming Console (freshnessmag.com)