The PS4 Revealed
Will the next gen belong to PlayStation?by Nicholas Laborde
©2013 Nicholas LabordeThe past few weeks have been a flurry of next-gen madness. Leaked specs, rumored features, generalized release dates... it's been absolute craziness. Today, that madness climaxed with the PlayStation event held by Sony, where the veil was lifted on what Sony's been up to. It's a lot of information, and we at OXCGN have got you covered. We have one major question, though: Will the next generation belong to Sony?
Sweet, sweet details
The PlayStation 4 will launch this holiday (yes, 2013!).
- x86 processor (64-bit)
- 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM
- Dedicated, full hard drive
- DualShock 4 controller with a touch pad, headphone jack, share button, and a Kinect-esque peripheral
- Octocore CPU
- “Advanced, long-term” GPU
- Suspend feature; no more long booting times
- The ability to play games as you download them
- Deeper social dimensions that have a social media-esque hub to keep up with your friends
- Will be very personalized; will be able to predict the games you enjoy playing and have them already downloaded
- Gaikai will be integrated within the system; you will be able to instantly try games via the PS Store
- The share button will allow players to stream their game live on ustream via the share button
- PSN friends can take over your controller (if you let them) and get you past a difficult part
- Remote Play will allow PS4 games to be played on the PS Vita (similar to the Wii U Gamepad’s ability)
- PlayStation cloud services will allow PS1, 2, 3, and 4 games will be playable on “almost any device” in the future
Some next-gen titles have been announced. Here’s a tentative list.
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- inFamous: Second Son
- The Witness, a game by the creators of Braid (timed exclusive)
- Deep Down, a project in development by Capcom on a new engine
- Unnamed Final Fantasy title to be announced at E3
- Watch Dogs presentation
- Diablo III for both PS3 and PS4; part of Blizzard-Sony “strategic partnership”
- Destiny for PS4 will have exclusive content
These announcements beg the obvious question: Will the next generation belong to Sony?
I vividly recall the E3’s of years past. The Sony conference of E3 2005 would become infamous for showing fake trailers, primarily in the form of Killzone 2.
However, the industry has evolved exponentially since then. Games, for the most part, look like 2005 CGI trailers. We don’t know how much of these games are 100% real-time, but it’s safe to say that most of them probably are, especially because of their emphasis on the power of the system.
Sony has given a preemptive punch, and has definitely already escalated themselves above that of Nintendo and their Wii U.
I think the plethora of features, such as the Share button, Suspend, and the embedded cloud functionality are going to truly define the system and change the way that we deal with our games in an increasingly social and interconnected manner.
It’s exciting to say the very least, and it has achieved the impossible; I really, REALLY want this thing right now, and Microsoft is going to have to pack one hell of a punch to beat this.
The problem with Microsoft hitting back with something better is that they don’t want to copy the competition; they want to do their own thing. That in its own right is perfectly fine, BUT the PS4 is doing one universal thing right: logical progression.
Take the Share button. Is this going to change the face of gaming? Not exactly. However, it’s a representation of our modern drive to share what we’re doing and stay connected with our friends.
Everything shown in the PlayStation 4’s feature set may not be revolutionary, but it’s most certainly something of the future that will make players feel as if they truly are a part of the next generation.
When you have creators like Media Molecule calling it the “creative console”, Microsoft has immensely large shoes to fill. We’ll find out soon enough, and we’ll be playing this holiday season.
OXCGN will keep you up to date on all of the next-gen madness with our trademark analytical and opinionated pieces.
Keep checking back to this article as we update it with new information.
Until then: are you excited for the future of gaming?