Alright, so It’s finally time to hear what’s known about the PS4. Sorry it’s taken so long, but hey, life happens.
So let’s jump right into this thing, Sony is making it mandatory for developers to include the Remote Play function in all the games that do NOT require the PlayStation Eye Camera. So that’s good news for VITA owners, because that means if it doesn’t require the PlayStation Eye, you can play that game on the VITA!
The console itself is still heavily under wraps, but the controller itself has been overhauled for the first time in PlayStation history. (Meaning, third time’s the charm). The button arrangement and basic outline are the same, but the major differences are that it’s smoother and more ergonomic and it has a touch pad added to the front. The controller will also feature a speaker, such as the wii-mote has, as well as a light bar and “share” button. They’ve also changed the triggers so they are a bit easier to use.
The Share button is an integral part in how the console will work, as they are making it VERY social. Sony recently registered for the PlayStation Cloud, so there will be a cloud service, but we’re not sure to what extent, it’s been talked about, however, that it will be used for older PlayStation games.
The Share button will allow you to scan through the last few minutes of gameplay, tag it, then return to playing. The video will upload as you play, so that’s pretty awesome. It will allow you to share your images and videos with your friends on Facebook or Twitter, or any other social networking site.
The light bar, according to the Sony press release, illuminates to match the color of characters in a game to identify players. The light bar also changes during gameplay to provide information to gamers, like when a character is low on health or takes major damage.
Great news for PlayStation owners, You can charge your controller when the console is in standby! PlayStation gamers rejoice! They finally made it happen!
The analog sticks look the same, but are massively improved, they are more precise, the center area is more useable, meaning, you have a better range when using the analog sticks, so it’ll be easier to drive, for instance. Smaller motions will be detected better, so you’ll have better control of everything.
Now sadly, the PS4 will not be backwards compatible. HOWEVER, they have been talking about making the cloud service able to have the older PlayStation catalog. No mention yet on if we’ll be able to play games that we already own.
Good news is, that when you install or download games, they will install and download in the background while you play.
The PS4 also adds more to spectating by letting gamers to broadcast their gameplay in real-time to friends using live streaming services. During live broadcasts, friends can comment on the gameplay and, if someone gets stuck on a level, friends can also join the game in a completely new way. For example, friends can offer health or special items when a player needs them during actual gameplay. It’s pretty awesome sounding, hopefully at E3 they will show this happening.
When a player buys a digital game, it will download in the background, as mentioned before, so you can play it while it downloads. Not only do games download and install in the background while you play, but they can also update and install while in standby mode.
Now for the news you’ve been waiting so patiently for. In an interview with Eurogamer, Shuhei Yoshida, the head of Sony Worldwide Studios, said that you can play your games offline! Social is a big thing for them, but they understand people can be anti-social, or have issues with internet, so if you don’t want to connect, you don’t have to. They obviously hope you’ll still leave it on, but online requirements will be left to the developers and publishers. Sony will NOT require you to be online for any period of time, or once every so often. You can be offline forever if you want to.