The date has finally passed and Sony announced their next-gen console, the PlayStation 4. Fans around the world had waited in anticipation to the big announcement during a press conference in New York; that conference proved to house some immense statements. Now that the PS4 has been officially confirmed rumors will come to a halt and facts should start flowing in.
The PS4 press conference was watched by hundreds of thousands of fans, each with their own opinion. There is no doubt that what was seen during the conference was very impressive, especially compared to their current-gen system. It is clear that PlayStation 4 intends on standing tall against its competitors. Most of what was seen in the press conference proves Sony is going to be a top contender but some was a bit off. There were surprises that took players off guard and announcements that made people take a step back and think, ‘What are you thinking?’
With that being said, we believe the Sony February 20th press conference was a huge success with some of what was said to be praised and other things we heard to be worried about.
First off, Sony did one major thing right. Put all the outstanding specs aside for one moment and think about the press conference as a whole. What Sony did was amazing to a hardcore gaming crowd; they stayed true to themselves and offered gamers games and not gimmicks. Before the announcement was made official it was a worry in hardcore players minds that next-gen stood for a change in the way we game. That was diffidently a worry but what Sony did was confirmed to their hardcore fans that, yes gaming is changing but that change is beneficial.
The changes that the PS4 brought forth to the industry were changes that will only making gaming as we know it progress. We aren’t going to be forced into an impractical experience like the motion controls of the Wii or becoming the controller like the Kinect but we are going to be able to sit down, hold a controller and experience games like never before.
The social aspects that are being added to the PS4 are a few steps up from what they have with the PS3 and a step up from what is currently seen on the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 has always been the front running when it came to social aspects in gaming. PlayStation has now stepped up and let players know that the experience they can expect to get on their 360 is not only being matched by the next-gen hardware but it is being beat. They are standing tall and showing players that the need that seemed to be once neglected with the PS3 is now being fulfilled greatly in the next-gen consoles battle.
While as most of the press conference posed to be of great delight there are a few things to be concerned about while thinking of the PS4. First off, the specs that were seen are nothing short of amazing but that doesn’t mean that what was seen cannot be matched by Microsoft. As nothing has been confirmed for the next-gen Xbox yet it still can be assumed that they will do something to keep up with what Sony is presenting in the terms of actual hardware. This is more of a statement than a disappointment though.
The one disappointment about what was seen during the PS4 announcement revolved around the release date. While we know that the PS4 has been in development for far longer than the rumored announcement started/ ect a 2013 release date almost seems rushed. Of course players want to get their hands on the console as quick as possible after they learn exactly what it is but it is important to know that timing is key. Rushing to get a console out on the shelves isn’t the best idea but waiting hyping and showing off what you got is the main way to catch attention. Who knows, maybe the release date is this way for a reason. It just brings worry to players that it’s too soon. All in all, the announcement was great we just hope nothing seems rushed once players get their hands on the upcoming console.