Sony held a special conference last night to introduce the new PlayStation 4. I think the most notable thing about the conference is that they failed to actually introduce the console. Sony didn’t show the console hardware and they didn’t announce any pricing or availability. I’m not really sure they even confirmed the name or anything. After all, Sony’s webpage simply says “PlayStation: See the Future” and directs Twitter traffic to the #playstation2013 tag
So, what did we see that matters?
There’s the mundane and expected:
- Lot’s of studios working on great games.
- x86 chip, 8GB RAM, huge hard drive, etc.
- Social gaming network
There’s the Questionable:
- Can’t play your old Playstation games, streaming only
- Touchpad on the controller – bad location and what’s the point
There’s the New and Notable:
- DualShock 4 controller finally gets some curves and comfort.
- Continue games on PS Vita portable console (if you have one)
- A “Share” button right on the controller
I Spotted One Experience Delight:
- I love the instant Suspend and Resume from a power key on the DualShock 4. That definitely reflects modern computing appliances like smartphones and tablets, but it is not a game-changer by itself.
I hope there is much more to come from Sony on this generation. I don’t think instant on/off is enough to stand out. I do understand that the serious console gaming market is really about the games. Sony is delivering in that area and the games looked impressive. Still, they held out on showing the console design itself at the Introduction. Why?
Images from Sony and Kotaku.com