PlayStation 4 console review

February 22, 2013

On Wednesday, Sony unveiled a new generation PlayStation 4 system and laid out its vision for the “future of gaming” in a world rich with mobile gadgets and Play streamed from the Internet cloud. Forget about the pomp and color at the launch held in New York. The Japanese company disappointed me by not clearly stating what plans they had regarding music, films, television episodes and digital content offered on the PlayStation 4. To make matters worse, the PS4 launch video shows there was no glimpse of a PlayStation 4 at the launch event and to me, It was odd that Sony did not show a physical device that has become part of any manufacturers launch of new products. How do we trust what we can’t see? Despite not seeing the actual gadget, am impressed that a PlaySation App will let iPads, iPhones and Android powered smartphones and tablets to be used as second screens augmenting play that takes place on televisions connected to PS4 consoles. Using Gaikai streaming technology to let people play PlayStation 3 titles on PS4 hardware is aimed at eliminating fear that fans switching to the new system would be forced to give up beloved older games. I was also impressed that PS4 would integrate with Facebook as it has become a trend of syncing with the leading social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Although Sony spoke positively about the device, it left much to my imagination during the launch that aimed primarily at game publishers and players. My thinking is that Sony intention was to impress developers like me and excite us with what is going on without any substance. According to Sony, PS4 was designed to get to know players, ideally to the point of being able to predict which games people will buy and have them preloaded and ready to play. PS4 also allow gameplay to be broadcast in real time, letting friends virtually peer over one another’s shoulders and game makers act as “directors” guiding players along. Also, I do believe that by combining PlayStation 4, PlayStation Network and social platforms, the company vision is to create the first social network dedicated to games. Making PlayStation technology available on any device would fundamentally change the concept of game longevity, making any game new or old available to get up and running on any device, anywhere and the end result is a society full of game addicts. There is no doubt Sony need to adapt to changing lifestyles while not alienating videogame lovers devoted to its hardware.The Sony latest move confirms what I have long been saying that low cost and free games on smartphones and tablets have increased the heat on video game companies to deliver experiences worth players’ time and money.I am looking forward to the new console hitting the market later this year.

Contador Harrison