Playstation 4 Revealed

PS4 Coming Holiday 2013It 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

IGN Watch Dogs PS4 Game Play Footage

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

Evolution of Playstation Part 1

Evolution of Playstation Part 2

Evolution of Playstation Part 3

Evolution of Playstation Part 4

For my initial impression of Watch Dogs read my article on it from E3 2012

Watch Dogs E3 2012

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Playstation 4 Reveal Countdown Part 3: The Evolution of Playstation – Portable Gaming

Ps_Vita_logo

Ps_Vita_logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fourth installment of Sony‘s Evolution of Playstation is here.  It documents the success of PSP and the growing success of PS Vita.  Having only acquired a PSP recently, i must admit, the PSP hasn’t exactly blown my hair back but i guess I picked it up to late to really marvel at it during the PS2 saga.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my PSP.  I have a range of titles that I am able to play and it helps pass the time when I’m out and about.  Without it I would probably go stir crazy but i would eventually get over it.

Tomorrow the PS4 is set to be announced in New York and so far all these videos have tickled drool mode and have built up major hype.  I for one cannot wait to see the event.

For those of us in South Africa, we can catch the event thanks to IGN with  live streaming that’s supposed to start an hour before the conference.    By what i worked out we should be able to tune in to IGN hopefully at 00:00 am on Thursday 21st 2013.  Holding thumbs!

Catch up on our earlier entries regarding the Playstation 4 Reveal Countdown

playstation 4 reveal countdown part 1 the evolution of playstation

playstation 4 reveal countdown part 2 the evolution of playstation- next generation

playstation 4 reveal countdown part 4 the evolution of playstation – games

Playstation 4 Revealed

Abe’s Oddysee HD Remake

Abe's Oddysee cover art

Abe’s Oddysee cover art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The First game I ever played on Play Station was the Demo for Abe‘s Oddysee.  It was the first game that introduced me to the platforming genre and it’s the one game that I haven’t thought about until now.

You play as Abe, a Mudokon from Oddworld who is born into captivity as the rest of the Mudokons are and works as a floor-waxer at Rupture Farms  as a low level employee but is one of the best workers there having won employee of the month.  Rupture farms makes the best meals on the planet.  Their top sellers are Scrab Cakes,  Paramite Pies and Meech Munchies.  However Rupture Farm’s ingredients are running out, one of them already extinct.  Abe works late one night and notices that shareholders and the owner of Rupture Farms are having a meeting about what to do about their products running dry.  Molluck the Glukkon who practically owns the Mudokon civilization and Rupture Farms has a “New ‘n Tasty” idea that will drive the companies profits back up.  The next big meal, Mudokon Pops.  Abe is horrified at hearing this and makes a  desperate attempt to escape the factory and vows to find a way to save his fellow Mudokons before they are tossed in the meat grinder.

Abe’s Oddysee was released in 1997 and still after playing the original again the other day I have to say this is still a beautiful game, right from the art decor right through to the character design.  Sure it looks dated now but it is still a  lot of fun.  The puzzles are challenging, the game play is perfect, the communication between Abe and other Mudokon’s always makes me laugh.  Possessing Sligs is a hoot especially when you’re done with them and you watch them explode into chunky pieces.

The only thing that i can fault this game on is the checkpoint system meaning that if you die and you’ve just gotten past a particularly difficult puzzle or obstacle you might have to do it again.  But besides that,  what a fantastic game to play.

For those of you who haven’t played this game worry not, if you own a PS3, log onto the Playstation store and browse the classic games for the PS1.  You can buy Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exodus for only R45-00 each.  To the PC owners, you will probably just download it from Piratebay.

However if you would like to own a physical copy of the game have patience.  UK studio Just Add Water is remaking Abe’s Oddysee for current generation consoles and will be available in autumn 2013 for PC, Xbox, PS3 and PS Vita.

Having played the original and then watching the footage from the HD remake, at this point i prefer the original.

Just a few points on why I prefer the original:

  • Sligs blow up into chunky meaty pieces when you’re done controlling them
  • When Mudokons or Sligs fall to their death you hear an echo of their scream and the whole screen shakes when they hit the ground
  • Bird portals looked way better in the original
  • Sounds are much better in the original

Why I like the HD Remake:

  • It’s HD
  • I like some of the modern elements like the elevators
  • Characters and animation is much more detailed

Keep in mind though, the HD footage is in a Pre-alpha phase so some of these issues may be addressed before release.

Watch both Videos of original Abe and New Abe and let me know what you think.

 

 

Assassins Creed 3: Liberation Update

Well, its confirmed that Assassins Creed 3:  Liberation will be released along side Assassins Creed 3 on October 30, 2012.

The only thing i know is that one of the locations will be set in New Orleans and that Alvine and Connor’s paths will cross.

Enjoy

 

Assassins Creed 3: New Cinematic Trailer

Not much to add folks, but this is one of the best AC trailers I have ever seen. The animation and CG is beautiful and it really gives a depth as to what can be accomplished with the right amount of talent.  Not to mention seeing a guy shoot an arrow in slow motion after he’s jumped over a few Red Coats.  (How is that not stylish) 🙂