PlayStation 4 announcement…Is that it?


Now, one thing you should probably know about me is that I am an Xbox girl. I love my Xbox so much I would save it from a fire. But I am not completely biased, I do own other games consoles including a PS3. I like the PS3, the graphics engine is amazing and they have some incredible ‘exclusive titles’ …The Uncharted series, Heavy Rain and Ni No Kuni spring to mind.

2013 is a big year for gamers worldwide. Whether you’re an Xbox freak or PS demon, you have to be excited about the launch of the next generation of consoles. Like a lot of people I received an email from PlayStation announcing a ‘PlayStation Meeting 2013’. We knew what this meant…PlayStation 4. And the world went mad. What will new features will it bring? What games will it launch with? What’s happening to the dual shock controller? What will it look like? What is it’s official name? Oh, speculation overload!

So, February 20th 11pm GMT and I make the choice to sacrifice my precious Xbox game time in order to watch the PSM2013. Did I make the right choice? No. No I didn’t  But like a car crash I couldn’t turn it off…just in case it got better. I expected suits and the specifications to be pored over and I expected Game Studios and developers to be announcing the launch titles and new projects…but I also expected more. Wait, no I didn’t  I knew that we were all getting our hopes up for an amazing announcement but I also knew we were destined to be left disappointed and dissatisfied. But I’m a geek and a gamer…so I watched.

They threw every fact and figure they could muster at us. We learned that it’s built more like a PC than a console and that the bigger CPU (add techno jargon here) allows it to produce more than 1 million movable objects, which is an amazing feat and looked awesome in the demo. The PS4 will have the ability to freeze a game session and have it be picked up later…awesome for those gamers with partners who butt in or babies that cry at night! We will be able to ask Friends to assist in a level if we become stuck…by having them take control of our Controller. You think that’s creepy? Friends can also watch over your ‘Virtual shoulder’ while you play!

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The fact they must have listened to the many, many complaints about their download times is good though. They reckon that the PS4 will be able to DL and launch games simultaneously thanks to a secondary chip. It will also be able to DL whilst powered off. Great feature.

They also brought out the controller that we had already seen thanks to leaked pictures; The DualShock4. It’s main new features are the ‘Share’ button which allows the sharing of recent gameplay. It has a small touch pad and a headphone jack is now included, a’la Xbox controller.

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And then began the rolling out of Games developers… I know that this is a big part of a console launch but really?! Diablo 3 is out on PC already; Killzone: Shadow Fall is another Killzone game; iNFamous Second Son is the next installment of a current series; Destiny will be on PS3 as well as PS4… Granted Watch_dogs looks interesting, Beyond looks pretty but where is the NEW game? The big Next-Gen of gaming game?! Nothing?! So we have the Next-Gen PlayStation…that doesn’t have Next-Gen gaming? It updates the gaming experience and it will have amazingly good graphics but that can only go so far. What is new gaming wise? Nothing? Have we reached the limit on new gaming experiences with the interactivity of the Kinect / Light bar? I don’t know…

So that was it? Facts and specifications. A controller we already saw and some Games developers. No pricing structure? No shock and awe? NO CONSOLE?!

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For me the whole set-up seemed rushed and thrown together ‘last minute’ sty-lee. It felt as if it was set up simply to beat Microsoft in the announcement race. And I think it ended more as a blessing for Microsoft rather that a loss in the ongoing PS vs. Xbox war. Microsoft have seen the competition and their ‘Meeting’ and now know what they have to live up to.

A mash up of classic PlayStation music, games footage from PC versions of games (being announced), guys in bad shirts and an E3 teaser from the Final Fantasy guy didn’t really inspire me. I probably sound really negative. I was impressed with some of the features…the whole avatar/social aspect of the PS4 sounds interesting, the graphics are definitely going to be amazing and there are a couple of interesting titles coming with its launch. But overall it left me feeling a bit…sad and sorry for Sony. I will not be pre-ordering a console I haven’t seen and have no idea of the final pricing structure. #EpicFail comes to mind here.

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Roll on ‘Xbox Event’…I hope you give us what we want…a glimpse at the Next-Gen of consoles…You know, an ACTUAL glimpse of the hardware.


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