PS4 – The Biggest Let Down and The Highest Praise

The date has finally passed and Sony announced their next-gen console, the PlayStation 4. Fans around the world had waited in anticipation to the big announcement during a press conference in New York; that conference proved to house some immense statements. Now that the PS4 has been officially confirmed rumors will come to a halt and facts should start flowing in.

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TheSuperior 1950d ago

I was pretty pleased with the press conference

thereapersson1949d ago (Edited 1949d ago )

On one hand, what I've seen so far is exactly what I wanted out of my next console. A powerhouse that goes above the current level and brings us that much closer to target renders. I think that Killzone footage is really what GG was wanting to achieve all this time, seeing how they came so close with Killzone 2. That Capcom demo left me awestruck, too; if that is indeed in-game assets running in real-time we are in for a treat.

On the other hand, I'm still concerned with how Sony is handling their backwards compatibility regarding older titles. Their decision to use x86 was great from a development standpoint, but the fact they aren't bothering to implement any sort of emulation software is really disappointing. The reliance on a streaming service is aggravating, as many people don't have access to broadband, and the market has also deemed game streaming not ready for primetime. As ambitious as it is, we just don't have the infrastructure for Sony's cloud-gaming vision right now.

Look at how poorly OnLive has fared. They are now in bankruptcy proceedings and they are a company that built their vision around game streaming. One also has to worry about the fidelity and latency problems that arise from game streaming. It might work for RPG's and slower titles, but fast-paced action games require split-second input. I don't think that's something that even the fastest internet connection can overcome. Coupled with the internet monopoly we have allowed corporations to set up, and the bandwidth throttling and data caps that are a real threat to this type of entertainment delivery, and I am ultimately left wondering if Sony has really thought this through.

E3 is too far away...

cervantes991949d ago

Not trying to be argumentative, but do you have broadband? If so, why would other people not having it impact you?

Also, it sounds like current gen games are still your priority, hence your concern for BC, so why not keep your PS3 until you are ready to move to the PS4 and then upgrade? Price and games may be cheaper by that point.

To move forward, sometimes we have to let go. If you do not want to let go, then stay put with PS3.

ExPresident1949d ago

On live also had a ridiculous license agreement that they could turn off servers to games you purchased after 3 years if they wanted. While Sony may not allow backwards compatibility, atleast I can still use my PS3 after getting a PS4 to play those games, unlike On Lives offer.

JoGam1949d ago

Also, do u have a PS3? If so, do you enjoy it? If you do, and if Sony don't have backwards compatible in their PS4 u wouldn't buy it? If not what will u buy? Another console, just to not have your PS3 games not play on it too. Just sounds stupid to me. If the PS4 isnt backwards compatible just keep ps3.

3-4-51949d ago

Same here. I don't know what System I'm going to buy yet, I still need to see E3 and everything up until release but it looked decent at worst.

SheaHoff1950d ago

Looking forward to trying it out!

TheGrimBunny1950d ago

8GB of memory is pretty impressive, love to see what it actual looks like.

Dante1121949d ago

I'm looking forward to the PS4, even my older cousin (hardcore 360 fan) is looking forward and planning on buying the PS4 (which was a shock to hear).

TheSuperior 1949d ago

Im a hard core 360 player too and the PS4 only impressed here. Excited to see what the next Xbox has to offer but I think the ps4 made nearly no mistakes so it will be a tough battle :) bigger the battle the better it is for the gamers so im happy lol

R_aVe_N1949d ago

This Gen will be very exciting indeed. Microsoft is going to have to bring it this time around before I decide to run out and get one, and I will definally not get one at launch just in case there is a chance they didnt learned from past mistakes on launches.

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