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#1 Admin Prime

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:56 PM

The details are still coming in, but as most of you probably know the PS4 has been revealed. Here's what we know:

Hardware:
Official details are minimal, but they're lining up quite nicely with the reports we've been seeing lately. The system features a more PC-like architecture and 8GB of unified memory, with reports claiming an additional 2.2GB of dedicated video memory, 4x Dual-Core AMD64 "Bulldozer" processor, AMD R10xx GPU, 4x USB 3.0 ports, 2x Ethernet ports (that's coming for a devkit though, final would probably have 1), and a 160GB HDD. The leaked DualShock 4 has also been confirmed to be legit and more or less final, with an altered, more ergomic design and a central touch pad, similar to the back-side pad on the Vita.

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Gaikai/Streaming:
Sony also hopes to revamp their remote play and streaming technology, not only for better performance, but also to allow the Vita, PS4, and potentially any device to play PS1, PS2, PS3, PlayStation Mobile and even PS4 games through the cloud. They also want to use the service as a platform to provide trial access to PS4 games without any large downloads.

Downloaded content:
The PS4 will feature a secondary chip allowing you to download/upload content in the background while doing whatever you want. You will also be able to play digital games as they are being downloaded.

Other online features:
The system will feature seamless gameplay recording and uploads, live spectating of friends' gameplay in any game, and finally integrated cross-game voice chat. Players will also have full, Facebook-like profiles featuring their info, trophies, uploaded gameplay, status, and more.

Release date:
Holiday 2013

Announced games:
Diablo 3
Watch Dogs
Destiny
Killzone: Shadow Fall
InFamous: Second Son
The Witness
Drive Club
Knack

#2 Blackskullgreymon

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

Seeing Diablo III going for a PS3/PS4 release, and I sort of hope there isn't too much of that where it chokes the PS4's momentum.  Sort of how I have a big Vita collection, but it consists of mostly games that I can get on the PS2 or PS3, but since I don't have them there it works out for me.  Someone with a PS3 might not see much reason to pick up a Vita when the biggest hits are cross-platform, and if the PS4 only has a few clearly next-gen things going on, it might confuse parents and it might offend teh hardkorez, and who knows what investors will fabricate in their heads.  

 

All-in-all, this looks kinda neat, I guess.  I like the idea Sony is trying to put out there, but I also think about how well the Move works (it's alright) and how well sony's online infrastructure works (it's alright) and all the problems my friends and I have had with the PS3 and PSP and PSVita, where I just find it hard to believe that the PS4 will magically do it all well.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

Interesting. I wonder how a touch pad will feel to use - seems a little awkward but I can't imagine any good use for it (so maybe a good use case will make me see how it will work). They really are going the PC-route it seems - that sounds like the components of a high-end AMD PC setup. If those rumours are true I wonder if they are trying to make it easier to develop for PS4 than the PS3 (I also would assume that the 360 is going to be using an x86 architecture just so they can put Windows on it). I was kindof hoping for more wow but it seems like this will be the PS3 of this generation. I feel developers can eek out more from consoles vs. PCs because they can hand-tune games for the console (not to mention developers target the lowest common denominator so even if PCs can handle awesome stuff they will still make sure it runs on the 360), but jumping from PS3 level of power to my computer doesn't seem like a huge draw. Currently the only reason I really see myself buying this is because I need it to play PS4 games.

EDIT: I just read the description of new online stuff and that is freaking sick sounding.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

I can see the touch pad actually being really useful on menus, for scrolling on an internet browser, and as a fun little gimmick when Nathan Drake has to dust the dust off of a pirate map or some shit.  



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

I can see the touch pad actually being really useful on menus

That was my initial reaction and I was excited, but then I realized it was a touch pad and not a touch screen and that those are painful to use and I couldn't imagine a menu I would rather go through on that vs. with the controller. As for internet, one awesome thing with the PS3 is that you can connect USB/bluetooth mice/keyboards to it so it has the nicest internet browsing experience (although touch screen is also sweet in a different respect). Using a touch pad was never my cup of tea - maybe this one will be nicer but having it in the middle of the controller only makes me think it will be more awkward.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:44 PM

I figured out why I seem to like the touch pad more than a lot of people, and I think part of it is how much of a tablet I use.  Not a tablet computer, but like a pen tablet.  There is no screen, just a gray square I put a stylus on while I watch the computer monitor.  It takes a little getting used to, but the human brain compensates pretty fast.  

 

At this point, I really don't know how extensively they'll be using it.  And as long as there are no games where touch is required for menu interface or some bullshit, it's a nice little thing to have on the controller.  Sort of like the motion sensitivity in the PS3 controller.  Rarely do you ever need it to play a game, but now and again when you do something like No More Heroes or Little Big Planet and it comes up, you go "oh yeah, that's kinda neat".



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

I'll just leave this here:

 

http://youtu.be/5OAqAY0FxLk



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:53 PM

Man, clearly Sony is full of amateurs when it comes to releasing a new console. Look at them waving around full specs so that everyone knows what's in their new box. They need to step back and take a clue from Nintendo, the masters of console announcing.

Don't give people all this information, make them go to the expense of getting their own CPU die photo made! Sheesh!

 

That's all I took away from the announcement, since I'm not interested in the PS4 (and truth be told, I'm not actually that interested in the exact hardware specs that are in any console).



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

Well, a few rumors have been addressed, the biggest being that the PS4 will require an always-on Internet connection and that it will not support used games. Both are completely false, so everyone worried about can breath a sigh of relief. I'm guessing similar rumors regarding the next Xbox will also be debunked. No native backwards compatibility confirmed though, but they did say that they're looking into emulation and of course online streaming, as mentioned in the OP. In the case of emulation, they don't have any comment on what the plans for that would be.

Also, I didn't even realize they didn't show off the console itself until people started complaining about it, lol.

Edit: Looks like while the PS4 will be able to play 4K video, games will still be stuck at 1080p.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

In case you want to watch the presentation and you want to see it in a nutshell, here's everything you missed about PS4 in less than 3.5 minutes.

 







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