The Big PS4 Reveal on Wednesday night, or rather Thursday morning, was appropriately exciting, with lots of flash and, more importantly, lots of substance. If this had been at E3, then I think the "who won E3" question would be easily answered with "Sony".
But as impressed as I was with everything that was shown and said, I haven't bought my ticket for the PS4 hype train just yet. Mostly that's because I feel that what was shown was more encouraging than lustworthy. Here's the thing that I've realised about the PS4, post the reveal event afterglow wearing off. It's basically a PS3, minus all the things I hate about the PS3.
My Xbox 360 has always gotten more of my attention than my PS3 simply because the Xbox 360 has typically been a less clunky experience. Long load times, mandatory installs, constant updates, etc. With the PS3 there was always something else I needed to do before I could actually play my game. There are few things more infuriating than putting a game disc into the PS3 and then only getting to play the game 45 minutes to an hour later. That is a thing that has happened. And more than once.
Now the PS4 looks to be a machine that will eliminate those qualms, which is obviously a positive thing and shows Sony's commitment to its new "consumer centric and developer inspired" mantra. Then of course there are all its integrated social media features which the anti-anti-social among us will find very appealing. All those extra goody gats are nice and all, but for me it is always about the games and it's in that respect that the PS4 has my brain machine in cautiously optimistic gear. At the moment there are twelve confirmed games for the PS4 (check out the one's with trailers at the bottom of the page):
- Deep Down (working title) - Capcom
- Destiny - Bungie
- Diablo 3 - Blizzard Entertainment
- DriveClub - Evolution Studios
- Infamous: Second Son - Sucker Punch Productions
- Killzone: Shadow Fall - Guerrilla Games
- Knack - SCE Japan Studio
- The Witness - Jonathan Blow
- A Final Fantasy game - Square Enix
- Untitled PS Move sculpting game - Media Molecule
- Watch Dogs - Ubisoft Montreal
- The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt - CD Projekt RED
Which of those will be available for launch is unknown, but of the twelve exactly three have my interest, Watch Dogs, The Witcher 3 and Destiny; and two of those are confirmed for current generation consoles. At the moment, nothing in the launch - or rather confirmed - line-up makes a compelling argument for buying the thing. And it should also be said, that none of them look that different from what's currently available.
Be honest, if you'd seen the trailers for Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous: Second Son
outside of the PS4 reveal would you think they were next-gen games? As a first look preview of the PS4's games library, with hindsight, I thinking it was pretty underwhelming. Having said that, there are 169 companies that have signed on to develop games for the console and come E3, I'm sure we'll see something innovative and compelling from at least a few of them.
Right now, I kinda like what I'm seeing and hearing. Sony is making some good moves with their social integration strategy and breaking down barriers between players and their games, but nothing is really blowing me away. And we haven't even discussed the South Africa price and release date yet.
I'm quite open to being convinced otherwise about the PlayStation 4, but for right now, all Sony has my attention. But they don't have my wallet. Not yet anyway.
InFamous: Second Son
Killzone: Shadow Fall
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
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