The Console Wars (PART VI.2): Discerning PS4 Fact from Fiction

THE FINAL RECKONING

Continued from the previous article found here!  The article will be further updated after the launch of the PS4 this holiday season.

EVERY DEVELOPER ON THE PLANET IS ON BOARD

This was the amalgamation of developers said to be churning out games for the PS4:

Quite the resume, no?

Quite the resume, no?

VERDICT?

FALSE

First let’s point out that at first EA was comically left off this giant list.  Whoops!

Besides the fact that Sony already reneged on their claim, the above list was never meant to be studios with games already in development, or even in the planning stages.  Said teams were those that Sony shipped dev kits to.  That’s all.  Doesn’t mean shit for launch titles. 

 

 

SEAMLESS LIVE STREAMING INTEGRATION VIA USTREAM

We’ve also partnered with Ustream to give gamers multicasting capabilities, and that means you can schedule a set time and broadcast your gameplay live to anyone that you want to invite.

VERDICT?

FACT

This is a must have for Sony.  Microsoft will undoubtedly have a similar service in place and it’d be just embarrassing to be left behind.  It also represents a legitimately useful function for the Share button.

Furthermore it’s encouraging that Sony is approaching this the right way.  Rather than build a streaming service themselves they’re buddying up with an established leader in the streaming world.  That also means a built in base of users, at least if Sony plays their cards well. 

 

 

NEW UI SHAMELESSLY RIPS OFF XBOXLIVE

Better A...

Better A…

VERDICT?

FACT

...or B?  About the same?

…or B? About the same?

Just sayin’. 

 

 

OLD PLAYSTATION GAMES WILL STREAM ON ANYTHING

We’re exploring some very unique opportunities enabled by cloud technology with the long-term vision of making PS3 games ubiquitous on any device. The technology is so advanced that someday we could easily put PS1, PS2, PS3, and the PS Mobile games on any device.

VERDICT?

DOUBLESPEAK

First lets qualify this statement: Sony means that said games will stream on your PS4, not any device.  Your Vita will not be streaming anything from 1996.

Backwards compatibility is always the first promise to be broken when a new generation rolls around.  Why is that?  Licensing fees is one reason – although individually minimal, taken together it’s a significant time and money sink.  Part of the licensing deal would involve further funneling all of these games into a single subscription service.   Pain in the ass.

If Sony is already using words like “in the future” and “someday” and “we’re exploring” then don’t hold your breath.

Sony’s back catalogue is one of the few unique advantages they have over Microsoft – don’t blame them for wanting to leverage it.  That doesn’t mean Sony is willing to go out of their way to realize any of their hair brained schemes.  At this point Sony has merely OK’d Gaikai to look into it. 

 

 

PLAY ANY PS4 GAME ON THE VITA

Our long-term goal is to make every PlayStation 4 game playable on the PS Vita.

VERDICT?

FALSE

This is Sony taking a shot at the Wii U now.  Nintendo’s selling point is the ability to play your game while your significant other watches that inane reality show that you couldn’t care less about.   Not a bad act to follow.  They’re further threatening the old regime by offering a second screen via an iOS and Android app.

But it’s inconceivable that such a feat happens without the publisher putting in some extra elbow grease though – why should they care with such a tiny install base for the nascent handheld?  Then there’s the problem of retrofitting the modern controls – with all their fancy bells and whistles – onto a ‘controller’ that’s already two years old and was never intended to do stuff like work with the Playstation Eye.  Expect such support to be patchy at best.

Again notice the fuzzy language of “long-term goal”. 

 

 

USED GAMES?  NO PROBLEM

Yoshida in an interview with Eurogamer:

So, used games can play on PS4. How is that?

VERDICT?

FACT

I like to think that this is Sony playing chicken with Microsoft.  Careening his Formula Gran Turismo straight towards Don Mattrick’s F430, Yoshida is taunting him to blink.  He knows Microsoft wouldn’t dare – or would they?

At least Sony has the minimal collective intelligence to know who to side with when the competing interests of publishers and consumers are at stake.

 

 

 SONY SWALLOWS ITS  3D HUBRIS

Said Hiroshi Kawano:

We made [3D] a big thing, because it was led by [the] consumer electronics side of Sony.  Now the consumer electronics side of Sony, and all the companies have shifted focus from 3D TVs to something else. So, they’re not talking about it. Why are we?

VERDICT?

FACT

Wow.  Just wow. 

 

 

SONY FURTHER SHOWS THAT IT LEARNED ITS LESSON BY IGNORING THE BURDGEONING 4K

Said Yoshida:

The official answer is that the PS4 supports 4K output but for personal contents, like photos or videos. Not games.  PS4 games do not work on 4K.

VERDICT?

…FACT?

Unprecedented. 

 

 

Author: Wu

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