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Sony’s Announcement: Playstation 4 is a Go!


PS4 Front

As most of you have no doubt heard already, the PS4 has been announced, its specs laid out and its demos have been shown. Unfortunately, work kept me from seeing it live, but those puppies don’t feed and water themselves! Hell it took so long to get OUT of work that there’s already a Wikipedia entry up and running! Now that I’ve seen the full monty of the announcement, it’s time to let loose the exciting insults criticism thoughts we have on it all!

We’re going to assume you’ve already seen the announcement yourself for this News Brief. If not, our friends at Subpar Gamers have a great rundown of the details and our buddies at What’s Your Tag? have some great video of the demos. They are both great sites that covered the announcement superbly and I won’t even attempt to outdo them. Check them out even if you already saw the announcement.

First, a complaint… does anyone else remember when we were promised five more years of the current generation of consoles? These new ones are gonna cost me a lot of money! Moving on… Bottom line, the hardware is impressive. Unfortunately it’s hard to say how impressive without the upcoming Microsoft announcement, but it predictably, and dramatically, blows the current generation away.

Controller

The new controller looks strange. The new camera-interacting light bar and touchpad may add capabilities, but it doesn’t look appealing. Hopefully it doesn’t mess with the ergonomic perfection we’ve come to appreciate from a Sony controller.

The capabilities blow my mind. Seemless, interruption free game recording is an impressive feature, and if implemented the way I’m thinking, you might be seeing more video on this site. Playing during the downloading of games is equally mind blowing. I’m a big fan of reverse-compatibility, especially during the opening months of a console, when quality games are still being released on the last console, so it hurts to see it won’t be immediately implemented. However, that disappointment turns to joy when Gaikai comes out and every game ever released under the Playstation brand becomes playable!

Quantic Dream Demo

What really impresses me is that tech demo from Quantic Dream, creators of Heavy Rain. That game was impressive, but it is scary how realistic that face looks. Finally the part we love most, the games! A short list was released and we’re very excited about three of them. First is a port of the popular Diablo III, and hopefully this time there won’t be as many glitches. Next is the Activision/Bungie new IP Destiny, which has an interesting storyline and is from the developers of Halo. Finally, Square Enix will be releasing a new Final Fantast game, though we’ll have to wait for this year’s E3 before we see it.

Ultimately that’s the extent of what we know. Stay-At-Home Gaming is about the games and we won’t have those until release date. We’re looking forward to Microsoft’s upcoming announcement to give us an idea of where the consoles of the eighth generation will stand, but they better bring their A-Game. They’re in danger of losing at least one video game writer to their competitor of they don’t…

What do you think of Sony’s recent announcement? Drop a comment to discuss it!

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About RedGuinness

Andrew Shortall (RedGuinness) is the Writer, Editor, Administrator and founder of Stay-At-Home Gaming. He also suffers from sleepless nights, summer new release withdrawals and trying to behave himself in front of his new nephew.

3 comments on “Sony’s Announcement: Playstation 4 is a Go!

  1. Stephen Wolling
    February 21, 2013

    I’m excited about Destiny and Watch Dogs. Both look amazing. Never owned any of the Playstations, always been a Microsoft fan. However, I have always wanted to play Heavy Rain and Uncharted series. Personally I am waiting for Microsoft to announce. I will not purchase the new system right away due to financial reasons. I will be quite distraught if both Destiny and Watch Dogs do not come out for 360.

    • RedGuinness
      February 21, 2013

      Have to agree. I’ve been faithful to Microsoft since the original console and I’m looking forward to their announcement, but the PS4 presentation blew me away. Xbox needs something equally mind blowing to counter it.

  2. Digitoll
    February 26, 2013

    PS4 is looking really promising!
    I’m really looking forward to seeing what Microsoft will bring out to the table
    like their rumured “Xbox720” project.

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