PlayStation 4 E3 Preview

After a long wait, Playstation 4 was unveiled to the world today at E3 show. After the cancellation in February with some teaser information, we finally saw the new PS4 and the upcoming games.

Sony CEO also revealed some changes in the Playstation Network and their policy with the game ownership in Playstation 4 (details below).

What attracted me to Playstation 4 in comparison with Playstation 3 was mainly it’s expansion in hardware spec. According to Sony, they went back to the drawing boards and came up with a solution that allows games to expand beyond the hardware limitations faced by Playstation 3. Some games like Elder Scrolls or DC Universe Online struggled with this hardware restriction in Playstation 3 and they were unable to release their full potential. However, all of that is about to change. With Playstation 4, the hardware has been enhanced to support the current games as well as future games with seamless gameplay.

Main Processor: Single-Chip Custom Processor.
CPU: x86–64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores.
GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine.
Memory: GDDR5 8GB
Hard Disk: Built-in
Optical Drive: BD 6xCAV, DVD 8xCAV
I/O: Super Speed USB (3.0), AUX
Communication: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T), IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, BlueTooth 2.1 (EDR)
AV Output: HDMI, Analog-AV Out, Digital Output (optical)

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Sony Announcements

Sony CEO Jack Tretton had the sense to understand people’s dissatisfaction regarding DRM and he made sure he took a jab at Microsoft with the quote “Consumer trust is essential in everything we do”. He made several announcements that needs to be highlighted one by one.

Gaikai Streaming

For those who aren’t aware, Gaikai is the new cloud based gaming where the gaming rendering happens in a remote server thereby reducing the hardware requirement in your device. So you can play the same quality game in variety of devices. Sony is bringing this technology for Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 users thereby providing Console quality on all devices.

What’s the benefit? Backward Compatibility. That’s right. By going Cloud gaming, Sony can allow PS3 games to be playable in PS4. While it’s not the same as putting the disc and playing in PS4 which Sony didn’t do, this is an alternative solution.

However, this feature will not be available during launch. Sony said that they will provide this in 2014 and it will be first released in USA before going International so we must wait for a bit. But I don’t mind waiting for such a feature. Better for them to fix any issues before releasing it don’t you agree? We don’t know much about the games available either. But I really hope they put in all the popular titles in there.

Used Games

Sony has finally accepted that people will like them more if it allows them to trade their games. According to Jack, “When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to use that disc. They can sell it to another person, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever.” This is a huge factor amongst gamers who hate the restriction on games not being exchangeable and play online. Xbox One on the other hand said they won’t allow any exchange at launch and they are exploring the possibility in the future (in other words, maybe).

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Another major factor was the rights of the games. During the demonstration of Xbox One at E3, Microsoft informed of the need to have online access to enjoy any game played in Xbox One. Rather than requiring Xbox One users to have the device always connected to the Internet, Microsoft explained, the console will conduct an online check once every 24 hours in order to ensure that the user still owns the license for the copy of the game they are playing. 

Playstation 4 on the other hand does not need online checking. His exact quote was, “It [the game] won’t stop working if you haven’t authenticated within 24 hours”. Sony pulls a lot of gamers their way with this one.

Cheaper than Xbox One

Sony have announced that when Playstation 4 hits the market, it will be sold for $399 in the US, €399 in Europe and £349 in UK. That is cheaper than Microsoft’s Xbox One prices of $499 in the US, €499 in Europe and £429 in UK.

So to summarize, Sony has decided to listen to it’s consumers and provide them the best options possible. Gamers don’t need to be concerned about DRM or restriction in game exchanges. They will have a good streaming technology through Gaikai. The console hardware is significantly powerful than it’s predessor (Playstation 3). And they are giving it for a cheaper price than it’s competitor. What more can you ask for?

Upcoming Playstation 4 Games

The hardware spec is something to look forward to when playing the games that was lagging in Playstation 3. From what was shown in E3, the games were performing beautifully with great graphics in all scenarios (FPS, MMORPG, 3rd Person). While I’m not someone who plays all types of games, I look forward to some of the games that was showcased in E3. They are popular titles that has a big fanbase and I would like to share my own views.

Batman Arkham Origins

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Anyone who knows me know how much of a Batman fan I am. And this game series has become one of my favourite. Arkham Asylum was awesome in it’s graphics and game quality while Arkham City goes further with a bigger city and more characters. Arkham Origins from the trailer captures the intensity of the game with more action. See for yourself below.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII (now as Final Fantasy XV)Final_Fantasy_XV_logo

Ever since Square Enix released the awesome trailer of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, this game has been a must play in my list. But for a long time there have been no information of it’s progress or release and I considered it to be a scrapped project. However, I was thrilled to see the new trailer and the announcement that it will be released in Playstation 4. I guess the game was not capable for the hardware at that time so they have been waiting for Playstation 4 to release it to the public. I can hardly wait. While I was disappointed with Final Fantasy XIII, I have high hopes for this game and it’s intriguing story.

Assassin’s Creed IV – Black FlagAssassin's_Creed_IV_-_Black_Flag_cover

You’ve been an Assassin of the Order. You’ve been a Latin playboy turned Assassin. Then you’ve been a Native American Assassin. Now you become a Pirate Assassin. Wanted to be Captain Jack Sparrow with killing instinct? This is your game. In the 4th installment of the series, the story moves onto the waters where you play as a pirate. Not much information was available due to the game crashing during gameplay (not a good sign for Ubisoft) but the main point was the seamless way you are able to move through various environments which Ubisoft has been maintaining since the first Assassin’s Creed. I look forward to this game once they sort out all the bugs and issues.

Watch DogsWatch_Dogs_box_art

This game has been promoted by Sony ever since they started releasing information regarding Playstation 4. It is an Open World Action Adventure Stealth game that has a lot of potential to be great. In my opinion, it felt similar as GTA but more focused towards hacking than stealing cars. The game graphics seem to be really good and the open world was loading seamlessly in the demonstrated gameplay. I hope it lives up to the expection.

DestinyBungie_-_Destiny_(logo)

This is a game I wasn’t aware of and caught me completely by surprise at E3. From what I saw, it seemed to be a mix of Call of Duty and Halo. It’s a MMO action oriented RPG game that doesn’t have a sequence of events that is predictable (or so they say). The game is supposed to keep the players interested by making things unpredictable thereby keeping the players in their toes. The graphics felt like Call of Duty during demonstration but the final part got really interesting with sudden invasion and players being pulled into an open public event. It would be really cool to play this game once it’s released.

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