A new age is upon us! The PlayStation 4 is real and (supposedly) coming out for the holidays this year. Sony held a rather large event in New York City last night to showcase their not so kept secret in front of 1,000+ attending and millions of folks around the world via live stream. What was shown? What can we expect? Will it be worth making the leap to the next generation of gaming?
The first reveal of the new console actually wasn't the console itself. In fact, that was never revealed during the event strangely enough. I guess that will be saved until E3 in a few months. We did, however, get our first official look at the controller which has officially been dubbed the DualShock 4.
I'm a fan of the redesign to the traditional PlayStation controller for a number of reasons. Primarily, I dig the smoother look and added depth. It's almost like they combined the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers into what we see here. The indented notches on the sticks are a much appreciated addition.
We also got some in-depth information on the Share button (located on the top left face of the controller) and how it will be used. The PlayStation 4 aims to have a focus on connecting you, the gamer, with social media. In this case, pushing the Share button is a quick and easy way to broadcast your gameplay footage online. Viewers can even leave comments as well. This seems to be a way for Sony to tap into the recent popularity of the "Let's Play" style videos which are common to find on YouTube.
As you can plainly see on the new DualShock 4, a touchpad has been added. This is likely going to be an optional feature that developers can use in their games similar to how the touchpads for the PlayStation Vita are used. I can already see hacking or lock picking minigames make use of this.
Speaking of the Vita, crossplay will be given more of a focus this time around between the PlayStation 4 and its handheld cousin. Sony made it clear during the event that they plan to make almost all PS4 titles playable through the Vita using a WiFi connection. This will be made possible through the recent acquisition of Gaikai, a company that specializes on cloud-based gaming. If we are to understand all this correctly, you should technically be able to access your gaming library anywhere. That alone is making me seriously consider picking up a PlayStation Vita in the near future.
This makes me wonder on how the Vita will be marketed in the future. One of the bigest criticisms of the handheld is the lackluster library of titles available. Will Sony bolster up more support or is it destined to just be an outlet to play console games on the go? It doesn't help either that the recently announced price cut for the PlayStation Vita is only scheduled to take place in Japan. We can only hope to see either more value added to it or a price cut worldwide by the time the new console arrives.
A lot of talk was made about blurring the lines of what makes an enjoyable gaming experience and types of gamers that are out there. During the event, a really swanky looking video played featuring some of the best designers in the industry today giving their take on what they'd like to see in the future. Check it out!
What console would be without great games to accompany it? There were a load of titles announced that I won't get into just yet here. Instead, I intend to make a video to showcase each announcement and give my take on them. Stay tuned for that tomorrow as we focus on the PlayStation 4 games we know so far!