PlayStation 4: Sony Is Done Fucking Around

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On a bitterly cold evening in Manhattan, Sony managed to set the gaming world on fire amidst weeks of rumors and speculation. Journalistic hyperbole aside, the PlayStation 4 looks like it is going to kick ass when it becomes available to purchase at the end of the year.

While we all knew what was going to be unveiled on February 20, we didn’t know exactly just how much Sony had in store for us. Not only did we get to see exactly what the PlayStation 4 is going to be capable of, we were given a list of games and developers already on board and ready to launch this holiday. Having seen the presentation, Nintendo and Microsoft had best get their shit together at a time when Sony already has the most momentum in the battle of consoles.

Sony didn’t waste any time getting into the technical specs of the PlayStation 4, whose final exterior design is still likely being hammered out and should be seen some time around this year’s E3 in June. PC aficionados will be quick to point out that any console will never be able to match the sheer power of a computer with the latest upgrades, and while they are right, there are millions of us who simply don’t feel like dropping hundreds every few months to be able to play the latest games.

All that said, the PlayStation 4 is thus far the closest competitor to a top of the line PC that we have seen in a living room. A custom processor equipped with 8 GB of memory somehow dwarfs anything that the current lineup of game systems, Wii U included, are capable of doing. The company’s number one focus is said to be ease of development not just for major companies like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts but independent game makers who might just now be able to realize their goal of releasing their creation to the world.

Developers big and small will be integrating the newly designed DualShock controller, which is seeing its biggest redesign since Sony conceived the idea of using two analog sticks. Gone are the typical Start and Select buttons, replaced with a Share button. Showoffs and Mountain Dew addicts alike will be able to boast and rage about their accomplishments or lack thereof with one simple press. Sony also seems to once again be going the route of “anything Nintendo can do, we can do better.” The controller contains a touchscreen, speaker, headset jack and light bar. All of these features come on an accessory less than half the size of the Wii U Gamepad.

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So, the PS4 is a powerhouse. Who fucking cares? What good is a supermodel if she doesn’t know how to tickle your bag while sucking you off? Sony has us covered in the software area, and they came out with some serious ammunition.

Watch_Dogs, the new IP from Ubisoft that blew us all away at last year’s E3, will be appearing on the PS4 and likely utilizing whatever features the controller’s touchscreen has to offer. Everything from Killzone to Final Fantasy is already lined up for the new system, but what caught my attention was the revelation that the entire catalog of PlayStation games dating all the way back to the PS One will be available through the Gaikai cloud service. If you start bitching and complaining about having to buy and download games all over again, piss off. Backwards compatibility has been a bonus in every generation; the fact that Sony is making a conscious effort to bring nearly 20 years of games under one operating system should be commended.

Here is something else to consider: while Microsoft has abandoned their independent distribution platform, Sony will be allowing people to self publish directly to the PlayStation Store or whatever the PS4’s equivalent will be. Maybe this is why Braid creator Johnathan Blow decided to make his next game The Witness a timed exclusive to the next PlayStation. You hear that, indie makers? DIY, motherfuckers.

The confidence displayed by Sony about their new technology makes you wonder what Nintendo and Microsoft’s next moves will be. The Wii U has been slow out of the gate, and while some people are predicting the downfall of Nintendo far too soon, the fact that they only sold 57,000 Wii U systems in January has to have them a bit concerned. Of course, they also have the 3DS to fall back on, and by now it has likely passed 30 million total systems sold.

Microsoft, however, does not have the luxury of a handheld. In fact, they have flat out been pissing me off for months. I dropped my Xbox Live Gold subscription a while ago and can no longer see any need, even if I were an avid online gamer, to reactivate for features that are available to me for no cost on every other conceivable platform. Their bulging erection for the Kinect is nauseating and I have yet to be given a compelling reason to consider purchasing one.

Sony gave us a lot of information to digest at their New York event today and still left us wanting more, much of which we should see in a few months when E3 begins in Los Angeles. It is great to see a company like Sony be so up front about what is going on in their world while the fiasco that is Aliens: Colonial Marines continues to generate black eyes for gaming.

Your move, Microsoft and Nintendo. It better be a good one.

– Anystrom0

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3 Responses to “PlayStation 4: Sony Is Done Fucking Around”

  1. johnxfire says:

    Unfortunately no. The PS4 isnt close to a high end, even mid end PC. The 8 core processor is probably 8 logical 4 physical cores. The 8GB DDR5 RAM is RAM for GPUs which means a bottleneck for The CPU. The CPU is from AMDs Jaguar, a low power NETBOOK CPU.

  2. Rayes says:

    You don’t understand how dedicated game consoles work, John.

  3. Lordredek says:

    johnxfire… YOU ARE A NERD!!! Just kidding I’m a nerd too.