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PS4 interface, user account features and social functionality detailed at GDC

Sony went into a deep dive on the PlayStation 4 during a session at the 2013 Game Developers Conference today, giving attendees details on the console's user interface, account features and social functionality.

Chris Norton, senior staff engineer from the strategy team for developer services and support at Sony Computer Entertainment America, showed off the console's interface and pointed out that it will show information about a game — including comments from other players and downloadable content — before you boot up a game.

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iGAM3R-VIII1215d ago

"you'll be able to browse the PlayStation Store and buy games through the app; they'll start downloading immediately, and once you get home, you'll have the ability to play the part that's already downloaded." SMARTEST IDEA EVER.

Conzul1215d ago (Edited 1215d ago )

Yup. This really was the only thing that tablet/phone games had over consoles anyway.(you could say portability but Vita will remote play all PS4 titles)

Cutting down waiting time and loading screens is a biggie.

DOMination-1215d ago (Edited 1215d ago )

Its great but you can do this already on the 360 via xbox.com or smartglass...

Edit: obviously if its not fully downloaded you can't play it on 360. That of course is a great feature of ps4

Freeball1215d ago

Neither of which turn on your console to commence downloading immediately. Not the same thing. With a PS3 you can turn it on remotely with a PSP or Vita, but there isn't a low power state for downloads which sucks. It's a nice evolution of what is around right now and will make things easier when I'm away from home.

KwietStorm1215d ago

Now if only they go full Steam ahead and allow early downloads for new games, as part of their Day 1 Digital program.

princeofthabay1214d ago

Well, if you think about it, you wont really need early download if you can play the game within seconds of starting the download.

iGAM3R-VIII1215d ago (Edited 1215d ago )

These ideas seem good, can't wait till E3 to test them

GribbleGrunger1215d ago (Edited 1215d ago )

I'm really surprised at all the new information. I expected 'some' new info to come out of GDC but what we've actually got is another good months worth of news to speculate over. Sony are just getting it right. I particularly like the idea of the controller holding your PSN ID as well as the console ... in fact I predicted it! http://sony-gamer.com/?p=15...

The potential is HUGE with this new feature.

FullMetalTech1215d ago

I agree. Id though they would leave some info for E3 but they seem to be on a roll. Im guessing they will just load E3 with gameplay, pricing, launch dates and lineup.

iGAM3R-VIII1215d ago

They will probably also go with a more in-depth talk about the hardware and showing an actual demo of the PS Eye and the controller. And they will also probably will let us gamers get our hands on the system and what it will look like.

Conzul1215d ago

E3: Actual console shown
Gameplay from launch lineup.

OT: I'll never use my real name. I like that you have the option, but I'm a little scared that opting out will cut you out of some features. (i.e. must I tie my PSN and FB in order for the Share functionality to work? Hope not, otherwise I'll have to set up a dummy FB)

iGAM3R-VIII1215d ago

I think Sony are not playing around this time and the thing about a company is that a good company learns from their mistakes. MS have been focusing on Kinect and sadly they haven't learnt yet but I am sure it's going to hit them later rather than sooner. Most of the new news we have got from GDC were smart features. I just have to wait until E3 when I can finally get my hands on the controller and system!

GribbleGrunger1215d ago (Edited 1215d ago )

This is what I mean by HUGE though. From my article:

Your ID is no longer associated with the console, but rather, it is associated with your controller. In other words, your controller becomes the key to access all of your content anywhere, any time, through any Gaikai enabled device. There would be no problem playing your own PSN collection at a friend house because all you would have to do is take your controller with you. This empowers you, the gamer, and protects Sony because, without your controller, your friend would not be able to access your content afterwards. But this solution offers even further benefits. Because the controller is paired to your account, even if your friend doesn’t have a PS4, you would still be able to show him your latest PSN collection, providing he had a Gaikai enabled TV, a laptop, a pad or even a decent phone.

In effect, your controller becomes a portable PS4

KwietStorm1215d ago

lol or even a decent phone. They basically said every Joe Schmo in the world has the door open to them. People can say whatever they want about PS3, I know I enjoy mine, but it feels like they've taken every single shortcoming, and even all the good things about it, and flipped the switch. There is not one thing I'm not excited about so far.

JAMurida1215d ago

So basically your controller is everything to you? I'm guessing that if you switch controllers that your account will roll over onto the new controller, since I'm sure people will go through controllers more often than the console itself. I also wonder why they didn't do this with the Vita as well, as it would of probably been better off with this kind of feature or maybe I missed something... I'm still going through all the news coming from GDC.

DA_SHREDDER1215d ago

"The DualShock 4's touchpad features a 1920x900 resolution, and it will click when you push it down."

Wha?!!!

JAMurida1215d ago

Yeah, I'm not understanding that... So is it an actual screen or something else?

Simon_Brezhnev1215d ago (Edited 1215d ago )

from what i saw on gaf its the actual space where you touch. So i'm guessing the touch pad is pretty detailed like the vita screen when you touch something.

I could had interpreted wrong though.

RevXM1215d ago (Edited 1215d ago )

It means that the pad is very precise. Thats a decent resolution on such a small surface. Resolution isnt only a term used for screens and photos etc but for other things as well.
A pc mouse have a sensor resolution, touch surfaces have a resolution and cameras too. Think of resolution as a thing that goes both ways.
In form of an image that we can see or in form of an image that a computer would see.

Kyur4ThePain1215d ago

Disappointed at no pressure sensitive face buttons. I always use the X button for the accelerator in GT. I just can't use the trigger buttons. Not being pressure sensitive means I lose the throttle finesse.

wenaldy1215d ago

Or buy a nice GT wheel

KwietStorm1215d ago

The triggers always worked better. There's much more degrees of pressure. If it's a comfort thing for you, I can't argue that. But the buttons going back to digital only makes sense to me. You should try out the PS3 Real Triggers if you just don't like the feel.

a_bro1215d ago (Edited 1215d ago )

yea, i dont like that either. games like GT took advantage of it. welp, theres always the right analog stick.. edit: forgot that you can use the L2/R2 triggers for it now.

FrightfulActions1215d ago

Thanks for clearing that up, I was wondering what they were talking about.

uuaschbaer1215d ago

They should at least have X and O be pressure sensitive; when Motorstorm came out people hated the trigger accelerator.

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