PlayStation 4 is Revealed – The Console War Begins
Arguably the most anticipated news of the year so far: the announcement of the PlayStation 4. The two hour long event confirmed many rumors yet still left the gaming community wanting more.
The controllers will in fact be Dual Shock 4 but will also include the touch screen LCD screen, which has the potential for many uses including one feature that was shown live: the ability to look about during cut scenes. The controllers will also be more unique to the players with a light bar at the front that can seemingly be set to different colors depending on the player’s preference. Via a new “Share” button on the controller beside the D-Pad, players will be able to: Stream your live gaming, take screen shots and through the PS4’s inbuilt continuous recording of gaming in the background means that you can upload your game play instantly. The Home Button will now immediately power off the the console but will pause the game in game play for you, you need only press the button again to power up and return to the action instantaneously, ultimately eliminating the tedious few minutes that starting up a game requires now.
However there has still not been as much as a single picture of the console itself – but much talk about it’s impressive capabilities. Boasting 8GBs of DDR5 RAM, the ability to download a portion of a game via a separate disc then begin to play that portion of the game whilst the rest downloads in the background, and, not to mention the ability for a friend to help you in a particular area of a game will be possible with other people being able to take control of your controller and “Assist”. By integrating social media heavily with gaming, Sony will make it possible for your friends on Facebook and other media sites to watch you play live and comment on your gaming in real time so that their comments will pop up on screen if you so choose to.
The PlayStation 4 will utilize the PlayStation Move controllers in an attempt to let out the community’s creative side. A very basic sculpture program was presented to show how people will be able to create pretty much anything and then share it with others or even use it in games and bring them to life. Level building seems to be getting a huge push into the mainstream – anyone will be able to use other’s creations to manufacture an entire custom level to play within a game including custom creatures, textures, objects, buildings and so on.
The games so far confirmed for the new console are:
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- The Witness
- Beyond: Two Souls
- InFAMOUS: Second Son
- Diablo 3
- Drive Club
Many other games were teased at, including the reveal of a Final Fantasy title later this year at E3 by Square Enix who were present to show their new engine for the PS4. Capcom also showed their new engine, Code Named: Panter Rhei whilst also making several references to Capcom franchises such as Resident Evil and Devil May Cry, which heavily hints towards these titles being worked on.
There is currently no price tag, however with E3 in a few months, we can all look forward to a possible pricing then – the console itself will be “Coming Holiday 2013″.