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Submitted by VirtualKatz 1083d ago | opinion piece

Sony Played it Safe Tonight with the PS4, and Hit a Homerun

While many clamored for tonight’s unveiling of the PlayStation 4 console and seeing what the future of gaming would bring, some will be left a bit confused about the conference held by Sony tonight in NYC. Sony didn’t decide to show off the PlayStation 4 as a console itself, instead they decided to talk about the future of the gaming market and what the console could do. It seems as though that most of the information that went into tonight’s live event may have already been leaked in some capacity or another, Sony confirmed the news that was known across the web but kept a few curveballs up their sleeve. See the issue with an event such as this, to unveil your newest console, is that you are ultimately the first to strike, and sometimes that can involve a major swing a miss. There are pro’s and con’s, as I said in another article, about going first with what is to come next because you never know what the other team has in store and how it compares to you. You may have the superior... (Activision, Dev, Guerilla Games, Industry, Next-Gen, PS4, Sony, Square Enix, Sucker Punch, Ubisoft)

JoGam  +   1083d ago
Yes they did.
aceitman  +   1083d ago
they will hit e3 out of the park too.
Skips  +   1083d ago
With studios like Sony Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, and Polyphony Digital having yet to announce anything. Agreed.
SilentNegotiator  +   1083d ago
They just took what everyone loves about gaming and made it more...well, alright I'll say it...elegant. More simple, but more complex.

That's the way to do it.

Ps2 didn't revolutionize anything; just made things better. And it sold like hotcakes.
ABizzel1  +   1083d ago
To me the best part of the show was seeing the games, but equally as important and impressive was the specs release and the networking features of the PS4. I was highly impressed by the overall show, but a lot of unanswered questions (which was expected), and some games still MIA.

Price, FIRM Launch date, confirmed launch titles, Where was EA since they have the best 3rd relationship with Sony (Battlefield 4?), Square Enix could have stayed home with that awful spot, PS Eye HD details, PS+ new pricing structure, and missing games like The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy 13 versus, Final Fantasy 14, Agent, 8 Days revived, The Getaway revived, and if GTA5 is coming to PS4.

But I know all that's for E3 and Beyond.
showtimefolks  +   1083d ago
You know after watching the conference again one thing I noticed is we didn't see a lot of new IP's. I am guessing they are saving all that for E3.

I thought having activision,blizzard and Bungie at the conference was a huge deal.

What I am surprised by is that a lot of us didn't expect the specs to be as good as they are, ps4 at launch will be able to compete with a medium pc. Like ps3 I can't wait to see what studios figure out in next 3-5 years to really show the strength of ps4

Sony made a huge statement in my point of view by showing games for core market
PR_FROM_OHIO  +   1083d ago
E3 Will be a grand slam for SONY!! PS4 FTW
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1083d ago
Thankfully Sony didn't promise anything because things do change from now to launch. I just hope they delivered on what they showed us.


Diablo 3 on PS3 and 4 Hell yeah.
kenshiro100  +   1083d ago
I swear, if Sony announces Uncharted 4 at E3, I will faint. I have all three Uncharted games on my PS3.
the411  +   1083d ago
I have all three as well. And I have Golden Abyss on my Vita. Looking forward to whatever they bring next :)
mochachino  +   1083d ago
Smart revealing first (sorry Nintendo), gamers have been starving for a glimpse of the next-gen and Sony served up a very healthy portion.
StrongMan  +   1083d ago
Sony hit a grand slam. The competition can only hit an in field fly compared to this.
-Falaut-  +   1083d ago
And you know this how? Lets keep it classy on this side of the pond.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1083d ago
"And you know this how?"

Because it's MS and they focus on casuals?? And also let their biggest and most important devs(bungie) go multi plat?

I think they will have better tv apps than sony.

Of MS doesn't have gaikai like tech then how can they compete? Unless they build their own cloud tech.
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jmc8888  +   1083d ago
Neither console has really been shown.

We've seen a PC running multiplatform games that are coming to a PS4, with a couple of exclusives, like Kill Zone that looked the poorest, and Capcom's Deep Down that was probably CGI.

Thus what have we really seen?

Are we being Aliens:Colonial Marine'd?

Are we being Randy Pitchford'ed?
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badz149  +   1083d ago
you are trolling at full swing today! Killzone looking the poorest? get the hell out of here troll!
HappyWithOneBubble  +   1083d ago
Sony hit a grand slam
Nintendo strike 3 they out
Microsoft on injured reserve
jmc8888  +   1083d ago
The game was called because performance enhancing drugs were used, tainting the results.

The offender? A PC was used to showcase the supposedly PS4 demos.

Nintendo has been confirmed to only be 1/3rd roughly as powerful as a PS4, and only 1/2 that of a 720. If anything Nintendo breathed a big sigh of relief.

M$? Who knows. They're too busy calling the police to raid people's houses that released their specs.
BlmThug  +   1083d ago
Now now, lets not judge MS just yet considering we haven't seen anything from them yet. We can however judge the Wii U and it just got shattered :L Wii U is clearly this gen compared to the PS4
omi25p  +   1083d ago
What lottery numbers should i buy next week?

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Kevlar009  +   1083d ago
Sony's gameplan:
1.)Show it's powerful
2.)Demonstrate 3D party commitment
3.)Integrate Gaikai as an intergal feature

Simple, but this is what gamers have been wanting pretty much
jmc8888  +   1083d ago
No they showed us what a PC can do.

No they said those are the devs committed to supporting the PS4 (what they didn't say what timeframe).

Gaikai (thankfully) wasn't as big as it was rumored. Game streaming service like OnLive would have been a huge mistake. Instead, at least for now, they're playing it right and utilizing Gaikai as a pro and not unleashing the beast that is simply all cons.

So simple, other than the ram number, stuff we already knew, and what we saw, wasn't a PS4 so nothing visually was real. Thus for people wanting to see something REAL, we didn't see much.

Still a day one purchase for me, but c'mon guys, we didn't learn much of anything except 8 instead of 4 GB's, Diablo III coming to PS4, playing games while the download completes, and the ram was GDDR5 instead of DDR3. Basically everything else was just confirming rumors we already suspected because it was leaked.
R_aVe_N  +   1083d ago
You are a broken record with your replies mate.
Kevlar009  +   1083d ago
People got what they wanted. They got confirmation the PS4 is cutting edge in current tech, they've sealed extensive third party commitment, and they have stuff to look forward to Day 1.

For me I'm just glad the PS4 is out there, tired of speculation and whatnot. Now it's time to see what MS has to show and if Nintendo has anything up their sleeves. Imo they did what they needed to in a just a few short hours.
kenshiro100  +   1083d ago
...Were you watching the same conference or did you fall asleep?
da_2pacalypse  +   1083d ago
They certainly set the bar very high for Microsoft. As a primary xbox player, I'll be purchasing a PS4 this holiday season. The things I saw today were absolutely amazing.
SolDojo  +   1083d ago
To throw N4G for a complete loop, as a primary PS player and long time fan, I feel that Sony set the bar so high that I'm extremely excited to see if Microsoft can follow suit and blow our minds again.

Healthy competition benefits us all as gamers, and I'm so happy to see innovation again at the forefront of design.
T2  +   1083d ago
I agree but im hoping to only buy one console this gen!! Lol
PS4isKing_82  +   1083d ago
This all sweet and all but I only need to know one thing!!

When can I pre order???????????!!!!!!!!??! Lol :)
Relientk77  +   1083d ago
Sony's conference was great
majiebeast  +   1083d ago
I can only say 1 thing 8GB GDDR5!

That gif is apparently only using 4gb of that because sony decided at the last minute they wanted 8 no matter what even the first party devs didnt know.

Mark Rein is estatic about the ps4.

Mark Rein on PS4 and Unreal Engine:

Mark Rein: "They stepped it up, there's no question. I mean when we made that demo we called it our 'Love Letter to Hardware Manufacturers'...and someone answered our letter."


Geoff Keighley: "Is it enough for five or six years? A lot of people were wondering about the leap was going to be. Pete Hines from Bethesda said here the leap between from ps3 to ps4 was not going as great as 2 to 3 given the move to HD and things like that…"

Mark Rein: [interrupting] "I disagree. NO, I think this a big leap.

The PS3 was decent…but this is spectacular."
DigitalSmoke  +   1083d ago
Awesome to see this Geoff Keighley fuck being shot down, hard.
He loves diving into the negatives and misses whenever Sony is at topic.

Mr Vengeance  +   1083d ago
The last quote from Mark Rein you highlighted stood out for me also, also his body language. He was as excited as I was. Cracking job SONY.
jmc8888  +   1083d ago
A 360 and PS3 could outperform a 3000-4000 PC (or 2500 in core PC parts to build yourself) from a 2004 PC (the year before the 360 launched).

A PS4 is comparable to a $600-800 in core 2011 PC parts. (motherboard, ram, psu, CPU, GPU).

You make the determination whether or not that is a big leap compared to last time and whether or not that is a step back or three from the starting point of the last new console generation.

PS...what we saw was running on PC not PS4 hardware.
juandren  +   1083d ago
I tried to not say this, but seeing as this is the fourth time you're hammering on about it - just shut the fuck up? The games are being designed on a PC. For the PS4. Same hardware, same end visuals.
BitbyDeath  +   1083d ago
I don't think anyone expected it to be that powerful
Myst-Vearn  +   1083d ago
Sony played it smart.
evilhasitsway  +   1083d ago
i watched the whole thing amazing the only thing is if it is coming holidy this yr most likey im guessing november why not at least gave us a price or show what it looks like i mean if they wait tell e3 we will only have 5 to 6 months to get it reserved and everything.
showtimefolks  +   1083d ago
I think they wanted to hold on to the look and price for E3, this was pre E3 style but the quality was more than E3.

Also like many have said Sony can still change the specs a little bit if ms ends up sowing something more amazing
evilhasitsway  +   1083d ago
agreed but like i said we cant preorder the system until a price is there unless they actually ship enough systems at launch it may not be a problem i want this thing on launch not a month after it is out like they had issues with ps3 and xbox. nintendo did pretty good about sending out enough wiiu's so hopefully this wont be a issue at launch as i said i want the system and buy every launch title as well im going big cause i havent been able to do that for any other system i already got $1000 put back just to at least cover the system but hopefully it will cost like $500 and have plenty to get games/headset and stuff cause they never said anything about ps3 controller working on it or head sets and with the new controller having a headphone jack i dont think the ps3 headsets will work with.
dubt72  +   1083d ago
Got the first half of the title right. It's hilarious that everywhere else but on N4G the reception has been fairly mixed, but here it is like 95% approval rate. It's where Sony Fanboys live.
Raccoon  +   1083d ago
I once again I thank the bubble gods that you only have one bubble...
kenshiro100  +   1083d ago
Crawl back to your cave from whence you came, thou troll.
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Cocozero  +   1083d ago
Thats not what the general public believe...
MASTER_RAIDEN  +   1083d ago
Sony could not have done a better job with this. Theyve managed to neutralize whatever megaton announcement ms has up their sleeve for e3 by outing the ps4 first. the next xbox WILL be at this years e3, but microsoft wont be ready to give much more than a taste of what is to come, much like the way sony was today. so while theyre talking about all the great things to come with the next xbox in not too much detail, sony will already be knee-deep in details like price and full fledged features. as exciting as the new xbox announcement will be for e3, all it really does is put ms on the same page as sony.
all in all i think MS will have a more "explosive" e3, ONLY because they thats where theyre going to announce their new xbox- BUT at the end of the day sony will have a much BETTER e3 overall because theyll be giving away details aboutt their console that ms hasnt quite figured out yet with their new addition.

Also, ANY announcement on ps3 and vita pricedrops will lay waste to anything anyone else has to offer.
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blackblades  +   1083d ago
Bet that hall of fame room that was suppose to be on ps3 will be on the ps4.
MasterCornholio  +   1083d ago
They had an extremely good conference and i was extremely impressed with almost all the game demos. One of my favorites was Deep Down which reminds me of Skyrim but it looks so much better.

Two down one to go now its your turn Microsoft to show off the 720 but please don't pull a Wii U because we don't need another last gen console.
danthebios  +   1083d ago
Its also a sign for us gamers to save some money because the ps4 is coming:)
ninjagoat  +   1083d ago
Im a PC gamer and always will be but im also an avid console gamer. One thing has always stood between us and thats the graphics.

That early this morning was put to one side. I saw games there i can't even equal atm on the PC. One thing we sorely lack atm is exculsives. Its never been a big problem being we have a massive mod comminity that makes are games lifes last that bit longer.

I play on a high end rig I can throw most anything at it but atm you know my three game i show off BF3, Dayz and the Crysis 3 beta :/.

Being a competive gamer i know the best way even though i can run most games on there highest settings is to turn and scale those games down for higher frames.

Now get this these games don't come with in a hairs inch of what i watched from the games i saw tonight on PS4 and yet though some the games "i mentioned" where built with PC first in mind they have are will make there way to console in the end.

Where has the day gone when PC had its own games that where massive. Im not on the PC is dying bandwagon dont get me wrong.

But i actually think the new generation off console games will give the PC a boost and finally let us see what are graphics are capable off for the last generation was seriously holding us back .

What tonight showed was the devs have had there hands under there asses for far to long. I'll be adding a PS4 to my collection in a Heartbeat but at the same time hoping it makes a massive impact on PC aswell.

Im sick off this current generation and the ripple effect its caused on PC.
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-MD-  +   1083d ago
"I saw games there i can't even equal atm on the PC"
You're very clearly not a PC gamer or your computer is extremely outdated.
ninjagoat  +   1083d ago
xfire shoalingoat2004

But then again theres always some people out there that will choke on there dummys, I'll still enjoy my gaming on my 690gtx ;).
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danthebios  +   1083d ago
Im not sure about this but i think the reason is games that are designed for Pc are easily pirated.
EbeneezerGoode  +   1083d ago

The 8GB (if still GDDR5) was a great move
KZ4 looked awesome.
Controller looks better/comfy

Other than that the presentation was a bit underwhelming.

The Square enix segment was laughable

Watchdogs was running from PC (as were probably most if not all of the stuff, or pre-rendered mock ups)

The Media Molecule stuff looked embarrassing and fun for about 3 minutes (if you are six)

And the total lack of any real tangible description of the PS4 as a full system, starting without a whimper (just coming out and saying 'on ps4') and ending on a sudden downer (what no actual console shown?) made this presentation not worth the hype it got the past weeks. They had to start somewhere so well done on that but really this was a non event, a load of fluff and what ifs and 'we hope to', the ONLY real tangible stuff there was all the negatives imo (the social stuff and that 'pre downloading' of possible games I may like? WTF? get off my bandwidth the rest of the family are trying to use it on PC!! cheeky sods)

Anyone with half a brain will be turning OFF suggested pre loading and social integration (except the teens who like to show off about every last move they make).

The only positive I saw from much of that was the instant stream of demos - that IS a good thing.

The social stuff made me cringe, talk about BIG BROTHER! if they make it mandatory that you HAVE to sign on with FBOOK 'real name' they can fuck off. I don't want everybody knowing I spent 8 hours through the night playing a game I'm addicted too? none of their business. I can currently selectively share my username with gaming friends if I like and keep the rest private. This is more about spreading word of the games (it is NOT social enhancement is is FREE advertising for games just like on FBook casual crap).. this social aspect, partly, is about monetisation and to team up with Facebook makes that more than obvious knowing how those evil bastards work!

I imagine PS4 will somehow utilise Facebook's massive database on users to target ads and usage pattern uploads - not to create more fun for the player but more revenue for the developers and Sony. Sucks, seriously.

I think I wasted time watching it when I could have been sleeping and read the recaps this morning as there were absolutely NO 'wow' moments there.

I'm not bashing PS4 as I hope to get one if it's not download games only, not pay to play online, can resell games...

E3 will tell us more thankfully but right now they've gone and half killed their own hyped.. more like an own goal than a home-run imo.

Yes I'll be disagreed with for voicing an opinion but I have high hopes for PS4 so long as they focus on CORE games that SINGLE PLAYERS can enjoy too and stop trying to play catch up with an entirely different market.
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profgerbik  +   1083d ago
PS4 + PS Vita here we come. PS4 games on my PS Vita, here we come.
hennessey86  +   1083d ago
I've been
Primarily a 360 gamer this gen, but Microsoft need to announce something huge to even get near this machine. Sony impressed the hell outta me. Day one.
profgerbik  +   1083d ago
Feels good to be excited over a console again, it has been a while. Going to feel like Christmas eve everyday until I get that damn PS4.
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Riderz1337  +   1083d ago
Honestly it was a really good show. I was expecting it to be half an hour but it lasted for 2 hours! InFamous Second Son surprised the shit out of me! Sucker Punch did a good job on keeping that a secret. Plus Killzone Shadow Fall looked like a next gen game it was so epic and I like the art style of the game, much more colorful. They also had some smaller but look looking titles like Knack and the Witness. Also that DriveClub game looked really good, I just hope that it was in game footage.

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