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Initial post: Feb 20, 2013 11:07:00 PM PST
who is AEK says:
I'm sure a lot of us here at the VGF either saw or heard basically every detail about Sony's Conference today, so I think it's fair to open up a discussion about the vague details we know about the PlayStation 4, the content showed, and the conference itself.

WHAT I LIKED:

THEY FINALLY ANNOUNCED THE PLAYSTATION 4! Now people can shut up with the ridiculous rumors. "ZOMG It's going to have 16 cores and two GTX 690's!!!!" *sigh* I AM glad they finally decided to become more modern and include 8GB of RAM. Maybe now we'll have party chat? Here's hoping. Anyway, the CPU is now an 8-core X86 APU, meaning that both the CPU and the GPU are on the same die. Now THIS ISN'T CONFIRMED (as far as I know), but I'm thinking that this combination is being produced by AMD since they already make APU's for the desktop and laptop markets. My laptop has an APU in it. They did NOT tell us what style GPU is being put into the PS4 unfortunately, but I doubt it'll be anything on the same level as a high-end card you can put in your PC, with price being a very good reason. However, it may be a mid-grade(ish) GPU considering what they showed looked very good. I did notice some lack of AA in the titles, but they're just showing off early builds and it's still better than what we have now, so I'll give that a pass........for now. I wonder if this will utilize an SSD upgrade? THAT would have me very excited.

ON THE FENCE:

The new Killzone game. I still can't remember the full title of it, because I wasn't excited to see it. Killzone 3 left a horrid taste in my mouth, so this is a game that, while I want it to be good, I'm going to have to see it first-hand in order for me to make a final opinion on it.

Driveclub. I don't like the name at all, but I LOVE the idea since I'm a gearhead. As long as it has customization, I'll be looking for it. If it doesn't, I'm skipping it.

The controller. To me it looks like they took a Vita, moved the touchpad from the back to the front, and slapped it unto a DS3 shell that's a little bit bigger and has a share-button. Ehh, as long as it feels comfortable then I don't care so much, and it looks like they made the triggers concave...........?????? at least from the pictures I saw. I've heard they're still convex. If they are, shame on you, Sony.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:

The Witness. It looked nice, but looks like a game that's simply not my style.

Knack. See above.

Motion controls. I don't think I'll ever like motion controls. I don't want to move anything except the analog sticks and my fingers when I'm playing a game. I also don't see them allowing the Move to work on PS4 since I don't remember it doing too well here in the states.....I think it did well in Europe, though.

That Kinect-ish camera. After hearing so many conspiracies and stories and articles on how "Big Brother" is watching me, and reading the Facebook App agreement on my phone that says the camera and mic can be turned on at anytime without my permission by the app, and the whole Verizon patent where they want to listen to you engage in sexual intercourse so they can push condom ads to you (for example), I'm not excited AT ALL to see something along the lines of yet another camera going into my home and watching me. That's just me being a bit crazy, though.

WHAT I WANT TO KNOW:

Sony, what are you going to do different about PSN? The reason I sold your last console is PSN was literally boring me to tears. Is it going to be much much more user-friendly like the 360, but without the limitations?

Hey Sony, how upgradable is this system going to be? How universal is it going to be? What normal peripherals are we going to be able to use? Can I put in my MicroSD card in the SD adapter and store my music on the console? Can I finally play whatever song I want in whatever game I want, a la Xbox 360? (yes I know Microsoft has a patent on the way they do it) How customizable is it going to be?

I honestly wasn't impressed with the conference because a lot of the things they showed didn't interest me, but I am happy that they finally stepped up to the plate and making a next-gen (or what seems to be) console. So what are your thoughts on the conference? Anything you agree/disagree with in regards to the long text I typed above? Anything you want to add to it?

OH! tl;dr version: Fond of the hardware, waiting for more info to excite me.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:13:37 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:14:28 PM PST
Brandon says:
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Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:15:06 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
Do we really need a thread for every individual to post their thought on the conference? Why not just post your opinions in one of the other threads?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:16:35 PM PST
who is AEK says:
The same reason why you felt the need to write your comment ;)

Adrian, we still have E3 to look forward to, but I wasn't impressed with it either. If the PS4 came out right now, I'd still stick to building a gaming PC.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:19:11 PM PST
Brandon says:
I hear a lot of people talking about building a gaming pc, but there are some problems with that. A, the general population doesn't want to deal with upgrading it, it gets expensive quickly, consoles are a closed environment so comparing specs are apples and oranges etc etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:23:58 PM PST
Modern Bear says:
You made your own individual thread for the same reason I criticized you for doing it?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:26:29 PM PST
who is AEK says:
True, but then again it comes down to what gaming experience do you want. A friend of mine will never get into PC gaming because he wants his experience to be as simple as possible.....honestly I don't blame him.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:27:16 PM PST
It's a trap!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:43:20 PM PST
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Modern Bear says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:56:28 PM PST
Jonathan says:
That is the most beautiful thing I've seen today.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 11:57:21 PM PST
who is AEK says:
there's my laugh for today.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 12:01:10 AM PST
You shouldn't have. It's so beautiful.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 12:56:18 AM PST
AndrewA says:
You can't repel awesomeness of that magnitude.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 1:07:40 AM PST
cool pic

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 3:37:01 AM PST
Odette says:
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Posted on Feb 21, 2013 3:45:53 AM PST
I went in expecting to be jadded and happy with the current gen, I left really excited for the new gen. The tech seems impressive and the games look awesome. Even if some of those games aren't my style they have me really excited for the direction things are going.

Also by having Blow they said "we won't forget the indie devs and that even this guy is able to develop for the PS4"

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 3:48:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2013 3:50:37 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
LIke:

8 core with 8GB 'DDR5' shared memory- thats a HUGE pool of FAST RAM for graphics at any given time.
Not 'always on' internet handcuffed- not a big deal, but people won't cry about it
Still free online MP - big plus going forward
& Free Party chat across devices- nice!
Faster downloads- A++++++
Sleep mode for games?- NICE!
Vita remote play for all PS4 games (Sony 'Shield')- big plus as a Vita owner
Will not block used games- HUGE
Better designed controller- Much Needed
Mic w/ every console- Much needed
Bungie Destiny EXCLUSIVE CONTENT- Wow! Really?
Games- Drive Club and Knabk- new IP, KZ: Shadowfall and new Infamous- look great

Did not like (or care for):
No price announced
No official reveal of hardware
Gaikai still sounds half baked
BC plans non existent

So far the perks more than outweigh the negs.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 3:52:05 AM PST
I also liked that low power instant boot thing. It's like someone there really remember the NES days where you'd keep that game on all night.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 3:52:07 AM PST
M. says:
Seems like Sony spent a lot time talking about cross compatibility between PS4 and the Vita. I have no interest in getting a Vita, so that was pretty disappointing for me.

They didn't go into pricing specifics. The console itself seems very powerful but expensive. The controller looks expensive. The cross platform play seems expensive and they didn't talk about the cost of PSN or PSN+. My guess is this is going to cost almost as much as the PS3 when you factor in everything.

I was hoping they would completely change the controller. It looks like a wider version of their old controller with a mouse pad in the middle. The triggers didn't seem very much improved. And what's with the Facebook share button? I don't want people on my Facebook following my gaming.

The graphics looked amazing, although the majority of what we seen was prerecorded CGI. Killzone looked amazing but seemed like it was all about presentation.

All the gakai "fastest network ever" talk was cool. I would have liked more details on what PSN and PSN + offered and pricing.

The highlight of the show for me was Watch Dogs.

I liked how Sony seemed to recognize that the PS3 wasn't developer friendly and they are trying to change that with the PS4.

As a last resort I would buy a PS4 but I'm really hoping Microsoft does better than that.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 3:54:28 AM PST
Futzbucket says:
Before, when I thought the touchscreen on the front of the controller was simply a touch screen, I estimated the controller to cost about $80. Now that I know it's both a touchscreen and a digital read, I'm going to say it'll retail about $120.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 4:11:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2013 4:13:12 AM PST
WeaKeN says:
what did you think about The Witness? it seems different and i want to try it out.

i agree with pretty much everything you said here. Gaikai actually seems cool as long as it delivers. instant streaming of game demos seems pretty huge, along with playing a the game while it is downloading. they put a lot of money into Gaikai and i could see it being used for some pretty great stuff.

i was extremely happy with the conference. my number 1 thing was seeing some launch games and exclusives, and i was not disappointed. they have some amazing looking games coming to the ps4 and hopefully i'll be able to get a ps4 day 1.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 4:14:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2013 4:15:23 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
It'll be a multiplat and looks like something that will be on XBLA/PSN/Steam. Not the biggest fan in the world of puzzlers, but i'll give it a shot.

I suppose the 'launching with PS4' was supposed to me more of a 'hey look, we launched Braid exclusive to XBLA, and we on Sony' than really anything substantially related to the PS4 reveal or what the machine can specifically do/offer.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 4:15:48 AM PST
klopas says:
Where's the official OT thread?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 4:19:44 AM PST
They confirmed you can cross chat to any Sony enabled device. This includes Vita, PS4, and smartphones.
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