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Obviously the biggest news from Sony’s PS4 announcement was that they never actually showed their new console. Fine. But what about what they did show. Now that we’re more than 18 hours removed from the conference, and I’ve watched it again, I think I can wade through all the noise. Ready? Ok.
First, I don’t care how many developers Sony had on stage or which games they were showing off. The console isn’t out yet, so we have absolutely no idea what the games will look like, or what the hardware is actually capable of (yes we have specs but specs don’t mean anything).
We don’t know what it will look like, but we know what it will feel like.
Right at the top of the show, not 5 minutes in, Andrew House said:
“The living room is no longer the center of the playstation ecosystem, the gamer is.… With mobility and the ability to share content and experiences becoming an increasingly important part of the gaming experience, connectivity between devices and the ease with which they connect has been essential to meeting the demands of today’s casual or core gamer.”
While we didn’t see what the box looks like, Sony did show us a new controller. They’re calling it the DualShock 4 and it looks like a DualShock 3 with an added touchpad along the top.
But forget the touchpad for a second, the most interesting part of the new controller is a share button. Yes, nestled right in between the D-pad and the touchpad is a button labeled ‘share.’ The share button can capture the video on your screen and broadcast what you’re doing to your friends. They’ve baked in live streaming capabilities via UStream.
They also alluded to the PS4 hooking into existing social networks to enhance your experience. I can imagine something like starting a live broadcast and tweeting the link. Or making a Facebook post of a video you’ve recorded.
Sony has just announced the PS4
-But that’s ALL THEY DID. Sony did NOT show off new hardware. They did NOT announce a release date and they did NOT give a price. I guess we’ll get that at E3.
We do have some facts though:
-A new controller with a small touch screen and a share button (yes a share button… for screen shots and live streaming with UStream).
-Social was a theme throughout the entire conference. Smartphone, tablet, and Vita apps keep you connected to the PlayStation universe even if you aren’t near your PS4.
But it almost doesn’t matter because THERE IS NO HARDWARE. Sigh.
You can hit up my friends at Polygon for everything you need to know about the PS4.
[image via Polygon]
Last Wednesday the PlayStation Network went down. 7 day’s later it’s still down and information is scarce. This. Shouldn’t. Happen.
On Monday, the Japanese electronics giant said it is keeping its PlayStation Network videogame service offline indefinitely following a hacking attack it now says may have compromised user’s information.
To ensure the network’s integrity, Sony said it is currently rebuilding the service, which connects more than 75 million PlayStation customers over the Internet, letting them play videogames and chat together. “This is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly,” Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold said in a blog post. - Wall Street Journal
There are so many things to talk about from those two paragraphs alone, though it’s worth it to read the entire article. First of all, if my personal information has been compromised why hasn’t Sony put out a press release about it? Why haven’t they emailed the users of their service to tell them that their information has been compromised? And why are there only 4 sentences about it on the Playstation Blog?
Sony unveils S1 and dual-screen S2 Honeycomb tablets with PlayStation Suite
They’re coming in the fall. Sony has done some really custom UI stuff to Android 3.0 which I’m really excited about, “The tablet has a modified UI with an emphasis on tiles…”
Read about this developing story at This Is My Next.
Sony announced that the PSP Go is no longer going anywhere. Sony has killed production of their often mocked handheld after only 18 months. The PSP Go was always thought of as too expensive, launching at $250, and never got the support it needed from Sony to make an impact at that price.
A few months ago Sony announced the PlayStation Suite coming to Android. Their flagship device for this service would be the Xperia Play, the phone with a form factor similar to that of the PSP Go. I assumed the Go would be to the Xperia Play what the iPod Touch is to the iPhone, all the functionality, without the contract. It’s a solid strategy.
But before the Go could fulfill it’s purpose it has been killed. It was bound to happen especially with the NGP (PSP2) coming. We’ll probably have more details on that next month at E3.
UPDATE: Sony is now saying that the PSP Go is not discontinued in America… it sounds like BS to me. It’s more likely that Sony doesn’t want to cannibalize sales before the PSP Go can properly be replaced with the NGP (PSP2).