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.