After seeing the live PlayStation 4 reveal, I was under-whelmed. Why?
Okay PlayStation fangirls and fanboys, I’m not here to bash Sony per se, but here are some of my observations. Please keep in mind, this is not an” Xbox is better than PlayStation because” conversation.
A good bulk of this rant came about because I was chatting with two friends on Facebook whose PS3’s bricked just days before the PS4 announcement. After seeing what Sony had to offer, neither gamer seemed all that enthused about purchasing the new console. So we talked about why.
Nothing truly innovative
The PS4 represents the next generation of gaming experiences, but what does that actually mean? What titles will truly challenge gamers while giving us what we really want at the heart of it all, fun? I will say, the thing looks cool as all get out!
I, for one, am pretty tired of playing the same games in a new package each year. I can’t lay game development at Sony’s feet, but, I’m hoping this console will open up the field to new and innovative types of games. What does this console offer that will contribute to that? There’s an opportunity to push things to the next level, not only graphically, but with gameplay itself, which brings me to my next point.
Too little to be excited about.
How will the PS4 set itself apart from the other consoles this go ’round? We’ve been buzzing about the Steam Box and how it could change the way we play PC games, but what about the PS4? What exclusive games does it have to make us scream, “I gotta have it?” What proprietary goods does it offer to make us want to potentially spend $400 or more on the system before we even shell out the cash for the game(Note: the price of the PS4 hasn’t been announced. This is just my rough guesstimate.)? Which exclusive titles will suck us in? The next Grand Theft Auto? God of War: Ascension? Are these games really enough to be worth the investment, especially given the fact that you will probably be able to play them on the PS3?
As my buddy, Slaus pointed out, the bulk of the DLC content of nonexclusive titles is released to the Xbox 360 first, often several weeks before coming to the PlayStation. We’re all interested to see how Sony is going to position themselves in that area.
New, to you, apps.
Sony is attempting to capitalize on the popularity of integrating their console into everyday life beyond gaming. Microsoft has done this very well with the Xbox 360. Sony’s playing catch up, but how are they going to make their offerings better? Many gamers have more than one console in the home. How is Sony going to entice us to spend more time with them than the others?
Still a few steps behind.
As I mentioned in the previous section, Sony is attempting to keep its console relevant in the ever changing marketplace. When the Wii became a phenomenon, Sony answered with Move.
I’ll wait for you to stop laughing before I go on. All done? Breathing normally? Okay, good!
When the Kinect came onto the scene, representing several steps up from the Wii, Sony answered with the Eye. With the PS4, they’re introducing a fancy light strip!
Sony follows the trends, but they haven’t improved on them, or truly made them their own. The results are, essentially, throw away technology.
What do I know?
I can only speculate on what may be in store for the PS4 given the Sony “reveal” announcement of this console played it pretty close to the vest. As it stands now, I’ll wait and see as the release date gets closer. E3 may give us more insights, but for now, Sony’s keeping mum as they seemingly hold their breath for Microsoft’s next move.
Did you see the PS4 announcement? What did you think? What games are you excited about playing? Has your PS3 conveniently bricked in time to purchase the next gen console?