The PlayStation 4 Exists

Posted by Alex (2449 posts) -
Mark Cerny talking informed system architecture.

Well, that was interesting.

Sony today did what pretty much everyone expected it to, and unveiled the PlayStation 4, the company's first new home console in seven years. The system will run on an x86 CPU, with an enhanced PC GPU and 8 gigabytes of on-board GDDR5 memory. The new controller, titled the DualShock 4, features a touch pad and a move-styled light bar on the back, which will allow it to interact with a new PlayStation Eye device. It was not stated as to whether that device would come with the console or not.

Among the many key features Sony touted, the system's various online and user interface functionalities took center stage. Seemingly responding directly to much of the infrastructural criticism lobbed at the PlayStation 3, the PS4 is aimed to make loading up and getting into a game easier than ever. Players who want to leave their game, for instance, now can actually power the system down to a lower power state, and resume the game exactly where they left off prior. When downloading games off of the PlayStation Network, you will now be able to start a game before it's even finished downloading.

Also much pushed (and occasionally maligned on social media) was the system's new social media functionality. A share button on the new controller lets you recap the last several minutes of gameplay you've just experienced, and share specific portions via your social media networks through a quick, presumably easy-to-use process.

Gaikai was also a big focus of the event. Dave Perry arrived to explain how Gaikai's game streaming service will benefit the PlayStation 4 tech, including allowing streamable demos of every game in the PlayStation Store, and made the case that eventually (but likely not in the immediate future), all PS1, PS2, and PS3 games could be available via cloud streaming. This is sort of key, as the PlayStation 4 will not feature backward compatibility support for PlayStation 3 games.

Of course, the event was also replete with tech and game demos, designed to show off the hardware's prowess. Here's a list of some of the bigger games announced and shown at the event:


A new action platformer from Sony's Japan Studio and PS4-lead Mark Cerny. Knack is a tiny robot creature...thing that can resize itself by controlling and reforming other objects in the game world.

Killzone: Shadow Fall

A new sequel in Guerrilla Games' long-running PlayStation shooter franchise. Unlike previous Killzone games, this one appears to be in color.

Drive Club

A new racing title from MotorStorm developers Evolution Studios, which includes numerous social features and challenges. While little in-game action was shown, game director Matt Southern made much ado about the game's visual prowess, and the experience of getting into a virtual car. It was kind of a weird demo, to be honest.

Infamous: Second Son

A follow-up to Sucker Punch's acclaimed superhero action game, which appears to feature a new protagonist, and a decidedly anti-government paranoia-infused storyline.

The Witness

Jonathan Blow's long-awaited follow-up to Braid will be coming to the PlayStation 4 at launch.

Deep Down

A fantasy action game from Capcom that was shown largely in tech demo form. This was, in many respects, the most visually impressive demo of the program, though considering the relatively early state of the project, it's tough to say how much of it would carry over into a playable game.

Final Fantasy Something

After showing the same next-gen tech demo it showed at last year's E3, Square Enix also briefly teased that a new Final Fantasy offering would be coming to the PS4, and that we can expect to see it for the first time at E3 2013.

Watch Dogs

A new demo of Ubisoft's paranoia-fueled open-world game was shown. This marks the first time Ubisoft has directly addressed Watch Dogs as a next-gen title, something it assiduously avoided doing when it debuted the game at E3 last year.

Diablo III

Yes, that Diablo III, from that developer Blizzard, is coming to both the PS4 and PS3 later this year.


Bungie briefly appeared to show off roughly the same footage and content we saw of Destiny earlier this week, but also mentioned that the PS4 version would be featuring exclusive content of some kind.

Finally, Sony let slip that the PlayStation 4 would be arriving on store shelves sometime this coming holiday season. Though no price was announced, nor was the actual form of the PS4 box shown, it seems likely we can expect to hear about those things at E3.

So, honestly, what did you think? If you watched our live chat, you undoubtedly noticed that much of our editorial staff was largely impressed with the quality of Sony's showcase. I think I'd echo that sentiment, especially considering I wasn't really expecting to see more than one or two games demoed during the event. Still, we're early in this process, and haven't had hands-on time with any of this stuff. If nothing else, this Sony event seemed to demonstrate a lot of good ideas. We'll see soon enough if the company is able to execute on them.

#1 Posted by StormTrooper (41 posts) -

i'm already in. that was a cool show.

#2 Edited by dcgc (879 posts) -

Can you feel it?

#3 Posted by Leviathan2000 (34 posts) -

If GTA 5 will be out for this platform, maybe I will buy it in the end of the year!

#4 Edited by gerp (191 posts) -

Do we know if all 8 GB of RAM are gddr5?

#6 Posted by Peanut (956 posts) -

Wasn't great, but I know I'm in day one either way, so I guess it really doesn't matter.

#7 Posted by SlashDance (1845 posts) -

I'm stocked about video games again.

#8 Posted by LiquidSaiyan3 (476 posts) -

I wasn't expecting much, but I'm left thoroughly impressed. I feel much better with Cerny at the helm of the next-generation.

#9 Posted by Draxyle (1903 posts) -

A much better show than anyone could have expected. I have blind optimism right now. New damned hardware! Finally!

SE not giving me much hope for them though. They announced an announcement and showed a trailer we had all already seen. Definitely the one weak link of the conference.

#10 Posted by cannonballBAM (617 posts) -

Infamous: Second Son sounds great. I hope they go with the original idea for it to feature Cole's brother.

Big ups for Troy Baker already invading new consoles.

#11 Edited by Ulfghuld (25 posts) -

I was unimpressed. I honestly thought a lot of what they showed could graphically be done with the PS3. But, I will wait to see more in the months to come.

#12 Posted by i8Donuts (96 posts) -

Is Drive Club in the same universe as Wake-up Club?

#13 Posted by reflekshun (219 posts) -

Do I lose all the games I have bought from PSN on PS3?? or can I carry them over? lol doubt it's possible!!

#14 Edited by Arx724 (232 posts) -

Some smart network/connective things that actually have to do with video games, color me excited.

I'm personally mostly interested in Capcom's thing and From Software's logo being on the big logo wall. Slightly disappointed about the lack of Team Ico, but it was a long shot to hope for them being shown anyway.

#15 Posted by misterpope (381 posts) -

I like video games. They had cool games. I'm hyped.

#16 Edited by MooseyMcMan (11496 posts) -

I cannot wait! I am already sold!

#17 Posted by weezel42 (4 posts) -

Microsoft is gonna tear sony up, again

#18 Posted by loudgeekjr (20 posts) -
#19 Posted by hughesman (312 posts) -

I think it looked fantastic. Can't wait.

#20 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@weezel42 said:

Microsoft is gonna tear sony up, again

Nope. Microsoft are now screwed because everything they announce will likely be similar to the PS4 inviting a much more tame response.

Unless Microsoft innovate in some way, but it'll have to top the streaming/sharing stuff and instant on/off Sony have already unveiled.

#21 Edited by GuyIncognito (445 posts) -

Pooping on the parade: Where's the Last Guardian?

Also, where's the PS4?

#22 Posted by kindpixel (2866 posts) -

Honestly, it was a wonderful show. Sony really impressed me this time, even if most of the titles announced have little to do with my tastes. I loved the game-centric discussions and reveals, and cannot wait to see what the damn thing looks like at E3.

#23 Posted by Tajasaurus (1067 posts) -

I just expected 'Hey, look at this new Playstation maybe?', but the amount of games and stuff shown was impressive. I skipped all of the PS3, but I think I'll be on board for this.

#24 Posted by metalsnakezero (2365 posts) -

Very good, good job Sony.

#25 Posted by PDXSonic (120 posts) -

No price or hardware pictures leaves me somewhat on the fence about this. Sure the new features seem cool, but nothing left me thinking I should buy this day 1 (or 100 for that matter). Did that with the Vita and got burned.

#26 Edited by LegendaryChopChop (1263 posts) -

I thought the showing was stellar, and smart in that they kept a lot of things in the dark until E3 so they have more to show instead of Microsoft's offering taking center stage.

I have to say, I was a 360 guy this generation, but that's mostly due to how frantic the marketing was and how it came out first and cheaper. Before that, I was all Sony with the PSX and PS2. I'm thinking Sony might win me back this generation.

I do wish that they'd have shown the system, but that might be because they're still designing it.

#27 Posted by JamesJeux007 (513 posts) -

I was really looking forward to this, but scared that Sony would completely fail to say anything new and interesting. Personally, I think they nailed it.

Video games, I'm back in.

#28 Posted by weezel42 (4 posts) -

@sooty:Of course both systems are going to be similar just like last time. Xbox will have a better UI

#29 Posted by Seppli (10250 posts) -

I'm in. I've heard everything I wanted to hear from Sony. Microsoft most likely won't get my business this time around. Microsoft would have to rethink their subscripiton model for Xbox Live, as well as deliver everything Sony did today. I don't think either is going to happen.

And I'm glad, that gaming is exciting again. It's been too fucking long.

#30 Posted by MegaMetaTurtle (414 posts) -

Sony having sorted out their online stuff makes me more excited than an improvement to graphics and AI for some reason. Actually more interested than I thought I would be. Just need to see what Microsoft do...

#31 Posted by ScreamingGhost (216 posts) -

They had me at the new inFamous have to scrounge up some cash and stick it in the safe.

#32 Posted by Elwoodan (886 posts) -

honestly what I'm most excited about is that new, more powerful consoles means better looking games on the PC, so many ports are held back by the current hardware.

#33 Posted by DeathByWaffle (657 posts) -

I really would have liked to see what the PS4 is gonna look like (and a price point), but overall I was pretty impressed by Sony. I've done the vast majority of my console gaming on the 360, but the PS4 was looking pretty interesting. Really want to know what the new Xbox is gonna be like.

#34 Posted by Cykke (54 posts) -

Thought the conference was pretty terrible. Was really wanting them to pull me away from the Xbox but that just didn't happen. Not showing the console, the only interesting game being Watch Dogs, and I don't care for all that social aspect and streaming crap.

Just bad.

#35 Posted by BaconGames (3614 posts) -

@i8donuts said:

Is Drive Club in the same universe as Wake-up Club?

My first thought as soon as I read that.

Can anyone speak to hard drive flexibility? If you can use an SSD to hybrid drive this sumbitch, I would be really compelled to get one.

#36 Posted by bkbroiler (1651 posts) -

I wonder if this will force Microsoft to get very specific in their hardware specs too. Wee!

#37 Edited by switters (60 posts) -

@guyincognito: PS4 will be shown in June. Have to save something for E3

#38 Posted by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

I'm interested in seeing what will come, but looking back nothing they showed blew me away. None of that online stuff interests me and even if it did I could never use any of it the way they talked about because I can't get the blazing fast internet that you would need to do so. While the games certainly looked much prettier, the game play part all just seemed more of the same and none of the games they showed were of gameplay that I enjoy or find appealing. I saw nothing there that is going to pull me away from my PC as my main platform.

#39 Posted by Eaxis (971 posts) -

Thanks GB crew for the livestream. Had me cracking up the whole time, great stuff. Also Sony had a good showing.

#40 Posted by ddensel (388 posts) -

Looks like a lot of cool stuff, could tempt me to jump ship from Microsoft over to Sony.

Stupid question: Is there a photo of the console itself? I can only find UI and conrtoller pics.

#41 Posted by Asurastrike (2180 posts) -

I really wasn't all that impressed.

  • I don't even touch DIablo 3 now, and I have it on PC.
  • Another Killzone game
  • Another inFamous game
  • Watchdogs, a third person shooter
  • Destiny, a first person shooter
  • An already shown Square Enix tech demo

My PC already looks better than current hardware, so I would rather see games doing something different, rather than just looking prettier.

#42 Posted by Kidavenger (3642 posts) -

@gerp said:

Do we know if all 8 GB of RAM are gddr5?

They wouldn't have labelled it unified if it wasn't, that's my take on it anyway.

#43 Posted by Fobwashed (2282 posts) -

I'm wondering how close the specs to the next 360 will line up with what the PS4 is offering. Most games being multi-console, I'm thinking games released on both systems will basically be the same just as it was this generation. There's sure to be a bit of disparity in the framerates, but beyond that, more of the same just better.

More than ever, it's going to be a battle of non-hardware features that determine which system will come out on top. Sony has way more in this field than I would have imagined with their social sharing focus. Microsoft will have to play follow the leader for the first time since the 360 launched in terms of what they'll need to add to their existing service. Lookin forward to E3 this year =)

#44 Edited by TheMasterDS (2197 posts) -

Genuinely impressed, great showing, I feel like I've been sold on a PS4. Which is weird because I felt like I played the PS3 the least of last generations 3 platforms. Whatever. Ball's in Microsoft's court.

#45 Posted by Jondan (83 posts) -

Yep, I'm back in on video games. This Christmas? Let's do this.

#46 Posted by Punizher (5 posts) -

No console, no price, is it official yet dat ps3 games discs wont be compatible with the ps4? ( pretty sure they will put them on the store for u to buy even tho u already own the damn game ) conference took toooooo long not enough games showed it was pretty boring i have to say.

how can u call a conference to show/talk about a product and not actually show it? FAIL imo

but happy about the whole last years OnLive options, play/record/watch

good they keep the same design that i am used to on the controller

i expected more from a +1h30mins bla bla bla conferance, but ofc i will still buy it hopefully they keep the date and we can get one for xmas :P

#47 Posted by mcain99 (23 posts) -

I didn't hear at the meeting that the PS4 would have a Blu-ray drive. Download only games?

#48 Posted by Jace (1097 posts) -

Diablo III

Yes, that Diablo III, from that developer Blizzard, is coming to both the PS4 and PS3 later this year


#49 Posted by Video_Game_King (36271 posts) -

Why does the presentation have a picture of a brain for memory? That's not even the right type of memory!

#50 Posted by fisk0 (4701 posts) -

This may be the first console (unless we count the original Game Boy) that I'll get near or at launch. The promised continuing support for indie games, and some impressive looking first and third party titles along with the streaming and Vita integration looked really interesting. I got pretty hyped watching that press conference, even though I missed the first 30-40 minutes of it.

Were they clear on backwards compatilibity other than the fact that it won't run PS3 games natively? Will it still do PS1 games like the PS2 and PS3 did, and possibly PS2 games? PS3's software emulated titles prove that PS2 games run quite well on that machine even after they removed the actual PS2 hardware from it (even though they opted for selling you the games again rather than just letting you buy the emulator and play your current PS2 DVD's), and surely the PS4 could run that emulator as well, considering this is a powerful x86 PC, and PC's have been able to emulate PS2 games for quite a few years by now.

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