We only got a flash of the PS4 at the event, but as far as we can see, it's in a similar vein to the PS3 (and, for that matter, the Xbox One)--a little squarer, maybe, but other than that, you wouldn't bat an eye if someone had it in front of their TV. It's pretty subtle, like the Xbox One appears to be: more of a machine that melts into your living room than a show piece. That left plenty of room for Sony to plug...
Sony devoted a considerable amount of time to explaining the programs you'll be getting if you decide to invest in a new console. Streaming gaming is coming sometime in 2014, and PlayStation is planning some kind of vague partnership with Sony Pictures, presumably giving them an option to stream exclusive movies. Sony also made a point of mentioning that Flixster, a movie app, and Redbox Instant, another movie app, will be there. Could be a respond to Microsoft's play for Living Room Domination, though they'll have a tough time competing with a company that's going all-in on entertainment.
One other way Sony made a point of sticking it to Xbox One: by saying bluntly that there will be no restrictions on used games, in opposition to Microsoft, which drew some ire from hardcore gamers for its unfriendly policy toward used games. This was even starker when an announcer went on to explicitly say the PS4 won't require an internet connection, which the Xbox One kinda-sorta does.
We got a mix of the familiar and not-so-familiar, game-wise, for the PS4. There was another look at the Killzone sequel Sony put stock in at its last event, as well as some more footage from the sequel to the superhero-style Infamous franchise: Second Son.
Some kind of weird meta-commentary game about sorcery games called, natch, The Dark Sorcerer, made an appearance--not sure what it is, exactly, since the teaser had a "Game of Thrones"-style wizard-type giving a big portentous speech before it's revealed he's actually an actor on a soundstage. So, um, what the heck is this game? The studio behind indie favorite Bastion announced a neon sci-fi adventure called Transistor. In fact, the indies got a lot of love: the dark Don't Starve is planned, along with a sequel to the funny, poignant Octodad.
But there were plenty of blockbusters, too. There are new Final Fantasy games coming, making, like, 20-plus games in the franchise. There's also another sequel to the cultishly loved Kingdom Hearts, a Japanese-style RPG with, uh, Disney characters. Yeah, we know, it would have to be a cult favorite. There a new NBA 2K game and a game that appeared to be in a Mad Max style, which turned out to be… a Mad Max game (what year is it???.) Sony also seems to be relying on the very Halo-like game Destiny to be a hit, much like Microsoft relies on the actual Halo.
Pricing and Release Date
Still going to be available, vaguely, this "holiday season." Pricing is apparently undercutting Xbox: the console will run for $399, 399 euros, or 349 pounds, depending on location. So if you're in the U.S., 100 bucks less than the Xbox One, though the Xbox comes with a next-gen Kinect (which not everyone may want!). We'll see come Christmas time if that price difference matters for consumers.
I wish there was more news on the backwards compatibility. I have a first gen ps3 and thought it ridiculous that they removed support for the what software backwards compatibility existed on the later models.
In other news there are rather decent ps3 emulators for pc available now.
Neither console is backwards compatible, and I blame Sony for starting that whole "expectation" in the first place with the PS2. How many consoles others then the PS2 had 100% backwards compatibility? ZERO. Yet people expect it for some reason?
Anyway, also I should note that "Kingdom Hearts" is NOT a JRPG like this article suggests. It is a plat-former / puzzle game with action combat a strong story element and some character development options via selectable power ups.
Its closer to "Sly Cooper" then it is to a JRPG.
I would suggest if PoP-Sci intends to cover E3 and post articles on the gaming industry that they actually hire someone how KNOWS ABOUT GAMES AND GAMING.
I don't like these new dull boxy designs for either consoles. I think the PS4 might take a significant group of gamer's away from Xbox with the no restrictions on used games and not requiring an internet connection. That and the lower price point, if they can match at least the 360's media capability, then the only reason anyone would buy the Xbox One is for console exclusive titles.
People expect backwards compatibility because everything is on the same media. It's not like shoving a super NES cartridge into an N64.If it's just a Blu-ray, then why not right? I assume it has to do with each console having its own proprietary weird cpu/gpu and they can't easily emulate that (which is their own fault, but I think it was to cut down on PC pirating of console games). I expect they also intend on letting you repurchase your favorite games for digital download (how kind!).
Yeah the whole backwards compatibility thing is a load of bull. The original xbox had an intel CPU, while the 360 has an IBM PowerPC CPU. Completely different CPU architectures and they made most xbox original games work on the 360. The least they could do is make the major xbox 360 titles work on the one. (Im talking about xbox here because I dont know about the PS3 and PS4's internal components)
With all this government conspiracy in the news right now I can understand why people are questioning the Xbox One with it's always on Kinect sensor. But that is not even my biggest gripe with it, its the nerve Microsoft has to impose these kind of restrictions on something they want you to pay $400 for:
I just might buy a PS4, which is sad because I honestly think the Xbox One has more to offer but I won't support that kind of corporate mentality of "deal with it... prawn".
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