PS4 Event Summary

With Microsoft showing off the new Xbox today, I figured I would post up a summary of the PS4 Conference that I put together shortly after its event. I’ll put one together for the new Xbox as well so stay tuned. 

  • Dualshock 4 Controller Revealed: Has a touchpad, and a light sensor that will communicate with a camera that measures depth and distance from TV. Enhanced rumble. Features a share button that will use built in PS4 live stream capability to stream video to your friends.
  • Friends can remotely take over game to assist a friend through tough parts of games
  • PS4 Specs: Super-charged PC build (possible ease of PC porting), X86 CPU (easier to develop for than PS3 Cell CPU), 8 CPU cores
  • Sony used heavy game developer input to build PS4 to make an easy to develop for console
  • PS4 is NOT backwards compatible with PS1, PS2, or PS3 games, though last gen games can be streamed to the PS4. (Rumor: Entire Sony catalog available in the future?)
  • Heavy PS Vita connectivity to PS4
  • PS4 Updates in background, play digital games as they download
  • Sleep mode will allow gamer to turn off system mid-game, and start playing from where they left off later. Goodbye waiting for the next save point
  • PS4 has cloud based backwards compatibility (Not sure what this means yet)
  • Holiday 2013 release
  • PS4 Console NOT shown at the event
  • PS4 will NOT block used games

Now for a list of games shown

  • Knack (First party action/platformer from Sony Japan)
  • Killzone: Shadowfall
  • Driveclub (Social racing game)
  • inFamous: Second Son
  • Deepdown (Capcom)
  • Square Enix shows off new engine, announces new Final Fantasy to be shown at E3
  • Oddworld Dev announces new game
  • NO PERSONA 5 YET SO WHO CARES ABOUT PS4
  • Bungie’s Destiny teased again
  • EA not present on stage
  • Watch Dogs (from Ubisoft)

Here is an image of all the developers working on the PS4

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Thanks to Siliconera, here is a list of all the developers

2K
505 Games
Acquire
Activision
Arc System Works
Artdink
ASCII Media Works
Atlus
Avalanche Studios
Blitz Game Studios
Blizzard Entertainment
Bohemia Interactive
Bungie
Capcom
CD Projekt Red
Chara-Ani
Climax
Codemasters Racing
CyberConnect2
Crafts & Meister
D3 Publisher
Dimps
Disney
DoubleFine
Electronic Arts
Falcom
FromSoftware
Ganbarion
Genki
Granzella
Grasshopper Manufacture
GungHo
Gust
Idea Factory
Imageepoch
Kadokawa Games
Keen
Konami
Level-5
Lucas Arts
Lucid
Mages
Marvelous AQL
MercurySteam
Namco Bandai Games
Ninja Theory
Nippon Ichi Software
Nixxes
Paradox Interactive
Peakvox
PlatinumGames
Rebellion
Rockstar
Sega
Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment
Spike Chunsoft
Splash Damage
Square Enix
Stainless Games
Sumo Digital
SystemSoft
Tecmo Koei
Telltale Games
Tose
tri-Ace
WB Games
Xing
Yuke’s
Zen Studios

What I Liked

  • Dualshock 4
  • Built in livestreaming through Ustream
  • Focus on ease of development
  • Aggressive exclusive games strategy
  • Watch Dogs

Awaiting Judgement

  • Cloud based gaming
  • PS4 UI
  • Tablet and smartphone connectivity
  • Online gaming model

What I Didn’t Like

  • Too much social networking (a solid 10 minutes was focused on it promising a Facebook like set up, using your real name and pictures)
  • Streaming Older PS1, 2, 3 and PSP games (ties into backwards compatibility)
  • Not seeing the console

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Nailed it

So, what do you think? Based off what little information I could gather, do you think Sony will see a bigger success than the PS3 was? Did Sony make Nintendo worry? What does Microsoft need to show you to challenge the PS4?

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Posted on May 21, 2013, in Video Games and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

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