After purchasing a PlayStation 4 camera and delving into the world of live streaming, content creation and maddening editing I’ve discovered that consoles are extremely limited in the grand scheme of things. After working out how much money I’ve spent on PlayStation I suddenly expect much more from them with regards to a feature that I think every current generation console should have especially in this day and age.
Do you ever start writing a post and then realize that even though some things have happened it just doesn’t seem worth writing about but you know that probably once you get started the thoughts will just start coming, passing through from your mind in a rambling rant somehow finding it’s way to your hands and your fingers just get possessed…ah wait, here they come. Continue reading
When I sat down to start writing this post, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say. A few sentences in and it sounded like I was giving a history lesson on the Spider-Man franchise. That’s not what I want to do but it tends to happen with an article like this because there is just so much history-at a personal level and online-that one could use in this type of article. My goal is not to give you a history lesson. I’m guessing that you came here because you already know the history of Spider-Man. From the insane amount of comics available, to the toys;the posters;the movies;the shows; the games and anything else you could really shake a web at. Continue reading
Hello and welcome to How To! There are times where I figure out how to do so many random things during the day that I started to think I should really start writing them down. No matter how mundane or even if everyone already knows, these guides are supposed to be completely idiot proof. I call them idiot proof because I’m an idiot and cannot follow instructions so then in essence I make guides that even an idiot can follow. No disrespect to any idiots out there but you should really just own it bro, just own it. Continue reading
It has been weeks of rumors, leaks, and everything else in between but we finally have our answer. Playstation 4 is here. Hello Next Gen, we’ve been waiting for you.
Living in South Africa, in a completely different time zone it seems to everyone else, the Sony Conference only started at 01:00 and finished at 03:00 African time.
What was revealed of the Playstation 4’s hardware capabilities is certainly an accomplishment from Sony’s side although to me not as impressive as i thought. Sporting the X86 CPU, 8GB of Ram and a hard drive. Hard drive size was not revealed but I can’t imagine it being any different from what we currently have, just bigger. It uses APU Technology…..but I don’t know what that means but I’m sure its good and GDDR 5 memory which according to Mark Cerny is reserved for, “top of the line, high end graphics cards. ”
The fundamentals of PS4 seem to be focused more on the social side of things. Instead of using “Gamer Tags” players will have to use their own names so they can find their friends, and share content easily. It will also have remote play enabled and in the demo that I saw you can seamlessly switch from playing a PS4 game on your console to playing it on your PS Vita.
There are major improvements made over the PS3 which I am looking forward to the most, such as being able to capture your game-play and upload it immediately to share with your friends, live stream your game so that your friends can watch what game your playing as well as allowing your friends to take control of your game from their Playstation 4 to assist you out of a difficult section of a game that you can’t seem to get past. That sounds pretty cool and I’m keen to see it in action.
The other thing that tickled my fancy is the way Gaikai has been integrated with the Playstation 4. The cloud based service is a massive and openly welcomed addition which will allow gamers to download and test games for free before buying them which is just awesome.
Now comes my favorite part of Gaikai. Sony has stated that using Gaikai we will be able to play our Playstation 3 games on our PS4 via streaming from the cloud based service. And in time we will be able to play older generation Playstation titles. Yes, you read that correctly, if everything runs smoothly we should be able play our PS1, PS2 and our PSP on the PS4 thanks to Gaikai. How it all works I’m really not to sure but I am very intrigued by this prospect.
The games that were show cased were very impressive graphically, Quantic Dreams “Old Man” render in particular was breathtaking. You can see a mile away how great any and all games look on the PS4. It is truly amazing. The best game was Watch Dogs that looked fantastic and all i could think of was “watch out GTA5
All in all, I was impressed by what I saw but not blown away. Unfortunately We only got to see the Dual Shock Controller which was described by IGN pretty accurately in last weeks article and we didn’t see any console what so ever. I’m waiting to see what Microsoft will do now that Sony has officially lifted the veil. Sony hasn’t released any prices yet or an official date but at the end of the conference there was an image that had the PS4 logo and underneath, it said “Coming Holiday 2013“.
We’ll find out more in the coming months, probably at this years E3.
If you’ve missed it, check out the Evolution of Playstation Articles
For my initial impression of Watch Dogs read my article on it from E3 2012
- PS4 to use Gaikai for instant demos, UStream multicasting, social gameplay (polygon.com)
- PlayStation 4 Is Officially Out The Bag (flawedgaming.com)
- Sony announces the PlayStation 4 (theverge.com)
- PlayStation 4: Just the facts (mcvuk.com)
- Here’s all the news from today’s PlayStation 4 reveal (destructoid.com)
- You can use somebody else’s PS4 from your PS4 (vg247.com)
- Everything We Know About The PS4, Out This Holiday Season, And The Games Announced Tonight (kotaku.com)
- Sony PS4 Will Have Instant Boot-Up, Vita Integration, Cloud-Based PS3 Games (forbes.com)
- PS4 features PS Vita remote play powered by Gaikai (joystiq.com)
- Sony announces PlayStation 4 console (bbc.co.uk)