BREAKING NEWS: Sony Reveals PS4…Kind Of

By February 20, 2013
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At Sony’s PlayStation Meeting held today in NYC, Sony President and Group Chief Executive Officer Andrew House confirmed that the console in development since 2008 (really?) will indeed be called PS4.

The system touts a high-end GPU (graphics processing unit) and 8-core CPU (central processing unit) on the same die with 8 gigs of DDR5 RAM (double data rate) and will “lean heavily on the computational power of the GPU itself”.

PS4 will also come with a revamped version of their controller. The Dualshock 4 has an enhanced joystick and trigger button, which PS4’s Mark Cerny says will “provide a much tighter sense of control over in-game actions.” Er, shouldn’t it already do that?

Along with enhancing the rumble capabilities and reducing controller latency (the time it takes from you pushing a directional to the time it takes for character response – i.e. “lag time”), new features have been added to the DualShock 4 including a touchpad, share button (to share stats on Facebook in real time and get help/advice from friends when stuck in an area in-game), headphone jack (SERIOUSLY?!) and lightbar.  A second peripheral will be a stereo camera that can sense the depth of objects in front of it and their partnership with Ustream will allow for multi-casting gameplay sessions.

PS4 will also allow remote play using the PS Vita. Founder and CEO of Gaikai (now owned by Sony) David Perry says that their “long-term goal is to make every PS4 title playable on the Vita,” and added that PlayStation cloud services will “roll out in phases…but you can be sure that it AND the PS4 will change the way we play.”

Cerny stressed the PS4’s “personalization” will “get to know you and bring you closer to the game and other experiences. Our long-term vision to reduce download times of digital games to zero; if we know enough about you, that game can be loaded and ready to go before you even click the button.”

PlayStation 4 also supports suspending and reloading play sessions; the console has a secondary chip for uploading and downloading in the background, thus digital games can be played as they are being downloaded.

But with ALL this stuff they’re VERBALLY showing off, they STILL can’t seem to offer cross-game chat (meaning you and I can play two different games but can still talk as if we were)…which, if you think about it, is laughably STUPID.

Oh, did I mention that while we know it’ll be out in time for the holidays (as I and a million other journos have predicted), there was no console prototype to be found nor a price point?

Vague much, Sony? Are gamers about to buy a PlayStation 4 with Xbox and Wii U guts? Am I not supposed to pay attention to the man behind the curtain?

I realize that PS4 is probably more geared to bring in the PC gamers who have sworn off consoles (and yes, they DO exist) but the fact that we’re coming on the 4th-gen PlayStation and there’s STILL no cross-game chat is dumber than Walt Flanagan’s dog. ANY thoughts I had considering purchase of said PS4 went out the window…as it will with most hardcore Xbox owners.

Not to mention there’s FAR too many “Simpsons did it.” moments associated with this next gen. Seriously, Sony. How are you so awesome at making TVs but can’t seem to wrap your PlayStation’s head around things like cross-game chat?

You’re killing me, Smalls.

As my buddy Dave Oshry summed it up on Facebook: 

Yeah, I’m over it already. Unless I get it as a gift or win it in a raffle…because, hey, free stuff.

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Cricket Lee
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