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Sony Lifts Their Skirt First

February 20, 2013

Live Stream and commentary at PARPAR’s round up.

The PS4 was announced and unveiled today, in New York.  Not in Tokyo at the Tokyo Game Show , or at E3 in California, but on the east coast of the U.S. of A.   Sony knows who butters their bread…and the scraps they will leave for Europe.  Japan doesn’t need anything at all.

More including game videos, after the jump.  (Thanks to Emabulator at EvAv for the heads-up on the vids.)

It would seem that they also ate much of the PS3 humble pie because the architecture is developer friendly this time around. One might say that the PS4 is easy.

  • X86 processor
  • Enchanced PC graphics chips
  • 8GB of RAM (GDDR5?)
  • Bountiful HDD
  • An “extra” chip for background downloading and uploading

There are a ton of interesting, and admittedly, exciting things about the approach Sony is taking for their successor to the PS3.

New features including:

  • Broadcast what you are doing/playing.  Very cool.
  • Stream games 
  • record and upload your gameplay on the “extra” chip.  THIS is ubercool!  “Not on my screen!” proof!

And that is all for now.

Games announced:

  • Knack looks like Kameo – rolls eyes – I called it before Ben K. wrote it down.
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Diablo 3 (LOL – console unveiling  presentations should never boast the portation of PC games to their systems)
  • Watch Dogs
  • Destiny with exclusive PS content.  (More LOL)

Without even bothering to show the hardware – they don’t want to have to face more questions about the “vents”, Sony announces that it will be out holiday 2013.  It ain’t gonna happen, folks.  Great presentation, but utter bullshit about the release date.  Also, no mention of price.  They want Microsoft to announce their price first, no doubt.

Everyone, feel free to open and edit this doc.  It can be our one stop PS4 info station.

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17 Comments
  1. February 20, 2013 8:05 pm

    Watch Dogs isn’t a PS exclusive. It looks fantastic, but probably ultimately overwhelming for me. That video is a must see.

  2. February 20, 2013 8:15 pm

    Wow! Watched on my cell phone and I’m amazed.

    Might have to check that out.

  3. Blankman permalink
    February 20, 2013 8:31 pm

    I completely agree with you that the release day is bull, pie in the sky kind of crap. Did you notice that there’s no mention of the c-block against used games? That’s because they want MS to jump the gun on that issue eventhough Sony was the one that filed a patent on that tech. I’d bet that it was simply done in order to bait MS into making a commitment & then Sony would pull a “we don’t block used games from playing on our system.” Therefore, making them look like the good guys and gaining more gamers to adopt the PS4 over the next Xbox. As in terms of further marketing, used game stores such as GameStop would push the PS4 console as well as their games over the competition. I hope MS doesn’t fall for that bait & switch garbage. If they do, they’re stupid & screwed.

    There are so many leaks on both Sony & MS’s consoles that NDAs are essentially treated with thumbs on noses. Sony wants to gain the perception that they’re the first out of the blocks. Only fanboys fall for that crap. Until we see a firm release date & price point, it’s vapor ware. They want MS to reveal the Durango’s price point & react from there. It’s absolutely no mystery what the next Xbox’s hardware will consist of because they’re already manufacturing them! Those specs aren’t from dev kits, MS is building their supply for a massive launch. Think that’s too ambitious and unrealistic? Remember what they did with the Xbox Slim launch? Yep, they announced it at E3 & it was available that very same day at retailers. Sony held this media unveiling to pull the wool over gamers’ eyes again. They want the media to be wowed & gush all over this new console when no actual hardware has even been shown. Scratch that, they did reveal what seems like a hundred images of the Dualshock 4 controller. LOL Who really gives a damn about that busted ass controller? Let’s see the darn box! Oh yeah, Kuturagi holding that George Foreman grill masquerading as a PS3 with a $599 price tag didn’t necessarily go over too well. Talk about committing seppuku. They did manage to suck the air out of the room, but not in the way they intended. Journalists and invited gamers did in fact say “Wow” because I was actually there at the PS3 press conference. However, it was actually, “Wow, these fools are out of their damn minds!” Bwahaha! Well, today’s announcement really wasn’t too far from that debacle. Do yourself a favor Sony, put up or shut up. In addition, when is Europe going to retaliate against this red-headed stepchild treatment? Lambs to the slaughter…

    BTW: Don’t fall for this PR stunt, Jimmy. You’re better than that. 🙂

  4. February 20, 2013 8:58 pm

    All things aside, these engines/demos look fantastic. If this is the bar for launch-era games next-gen, we are in for a visual treat.

    http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/02/20/rewind-theater-killzone-shadow-fall

    This demo especially wow’ed me with the scale, physics, animations, lighting and HOLY MOLY particle affects.

    http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/02/20/deep-down-announcement-trailer

    After checking the vid in HD, this is definitely in-engine. Outstanding lighting and affects again.

    If you look at some of the best looking launch era games on 360, we had games like kameo, perfect dark zero and COD2… check those games out now and compare them to current games. We are going to see some pretty incredible technology in this next generation cycle.

    GAMES

  5. February 20, 2013 9:11 pm

    First, yes to everything you said, Kenny. The cool thing about Sony’s coming out first with this list of desirable features is that MS can easily just add the smart ones to their own OS/Services.

    Some of the demos do look good, but it is nothing that Sony will be able to hold over Microsoft. They are both using modified PC components so they will be very closely matched graphics wise.

    As I was telling Zos earlier today on Skype, this is one of the most enjoyable times in the industry. It’s even better than Christmas in a way because it only happens once every 5+years or so. Also, before the machines actually hit the market, I can dream and speculate all I want without paying a single dime. It is free entertainment! I love it!

  6. Herandar permalink
    February 21, 2013 9:52 am

    If only gameplay could improve as much as graphics. I’m not impressed.

  7. February 21, 2013 3:00 pm

    LMAO The British accent puts it over the top.

    Thanks to EvAv for the heads up.

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 21, 2013 9:26 pm

      Hahaha! You’re right, the accent really did it! “Guns! Guns! Rope.” LOL

    • February 22, 2013 5:21 am

      “We fixed our rubbish patching system!”

      “It’s a blank canvas that you can make anything you want with says the guy who only makes Gran Turismo games.”

      LMAO! This thing is worth multiple viewings.

  8. February 22, 2013 4:41 pm

    Tycho’s take on the PS4 presentation is fascinating and insightful. All of it is must-read, and I especially side with him in his hatred for the “social” services and the resultant violation of privacy. It was this sentence however, that I found most relevant to my recent thoughts on the legitimate place of the PS4 in the “next generation”:

    “Dedicated PCs with custom operating systems are the future, if not the present; it might be worth taking a moment to really let that soak in.”

    By that, he is not talking about just the Living Room PC but all of the systems (PS4, neXtBox, etc.) that will be on the market within the next two or three years – for remember, even a machine that might be sold by Valve would be a dedicated PC running Linux and Steam and blocking Origin etc. (I will no longer use the term SteamBox as I no longer believe that Valve has any intention of ever designing and selling their own machine).

    • February 22, 2013 5:27 pm

      Just do yourselves a favor and build a box. I did it on my own with no instructions aside from what I saw in the tower and motherboard manuals. You will save money and won’t be in a closed damn garden. More and more PC games are providing controller support. Consoles are just shitty, over-priced PCs and they hold all the cards, while you, the gamer, are forced to eat their tripe.

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 22, 2013 10:45 pm

      Ty, come eat tripe with us. We miss you, brutha. 😦

  9. RoBBins permalink*
    February 22, 2013 8:38 pm

    Very impressed with pretty much everything they showed. When it comes to Sony, I am a full fledged God of War, Uncharted, MGS, and Killzone fanboi. Needless to say, the demo of Shadow Fall had me glued to the monitor, with my jaw on the floor. I thought the controller would turn out to be a bust, but looks very interesting and promising. Definitely going to pick this up at launch. I’ll actually have the money for a new console this time around. Always used to have to wait until a few months later. Now, wheres the 720?! Or whatever they’re gonna call it..

  10. February 24, 2013 5:29 pm

    I miss ya’ll too Kenny! Probably just need to hop into some parties. I have zero desire to play console anymore, although I am considering getting Injustice: Gods Among Us. Nothing against ya’ll. You guys are my crew. It’s just I’m so cozy with the mouse/keyboard now that I abhor controllers in most instances. Come to the dark side! We have candy!

    • RoBBins permalink*
      February 25, 2013 2:35 pm

      You have Crysis 3 by chance, Ty? Just finished the campaign and I wanna jump into the MP. Only problem is that my keyboard apparently doesnt work when I go to enter my info for online -___-

    • February 25, 2013 2:48 pm

      Nope. I could run it. Just not interested. You need to get Natural Selection 2. The shit’s amazing! Video incoming…

  11. March 6, 2013 9:35 pm

    http://www.604republic.com/geekout/getpost/sonys-suicidal-ps4-strategy

    Fun article, not so far from the truth.

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