The console wars have begun! Nintendo has already launched their preemptive attack, and Sony and Microsoft have finally retaliated. Out of all three attacks (all which were pretty unimpressive, honestly) Sony has given us the most hope in the future of console gaming. Here are a couple of facts that we know about the PS4.
Sony kept it simple with the name
Don’t call it an Orbis. It’s not a PS-U. The PS-720 is just offensive. It’s none of those. Sony kept the tradition going and made it very simple for us: their next-gen console is called the PS4. Maybe, in the future, people will be a little more sensible and guess the future name of their next-next-gen console as “PS5.”
You can expect to see the PS4 this year
That’s right. Sony vaguely announced that they would be releasing the PS4 to the general population during “the holiday of 2013.” Which holiday? We don’t know. But we don’t care, as long as we get it sometime this year.
They’re bringing in a new controller
Surprise, right? Okay, not really, but there’s plenty to look forward to with the Dualshock 4. The iconic “Start” and “Select” buttons have been replaced with a touchpad interface. Don’t worry though, I’m sure that this will still function properly as those popular buttons when you need them to.
This controller has a “share” button
It seems like Facebook and the rest of social media has had an influence on this controller. This “share” button will supposedly allow you to share clips of your gaming experiences with your friends in a quick and easy fashion. It’ll also let you browse through your friends’ profile to see what gaming trophies they’ve earned. Sounds like a great way to make the PS4 a little more competitive between friends…or enemies.
Your PS Vita can interact with your PS4
Sorry, Wii-U, but you won’t be very “unique” on this front. You’ll be able to use your PS Vita for remote play and possibly additional interaction with your PS4 games.
The PS4 interacts with other devices
You’ll be able to connect your PS4 to your smartphone or tablet. Although we don’t have too much information on what this will allow us to do, we look forward to what Sony will give us!
Cloud gaming and storage
The PS4 will be utilizing cloud technology. You’ll be able to store information and games on your cloud. This is a great solution to backwards compatibility issues for games and will even let you demo future games.
Strong opening lineup
Sony realizes that they’ve had very weak lineups in the past. This generation, they’ll be rolling out popular games with their PS4, such as new installments to the Killzone and InFamous series. Capcom, Ubisoft, and Bungie have also confirmed that they will be releasing games on the PS4.
Hopefully, Sony will be delivering more good news at the upcoming E3.
About the author: Michael is a blogger for Smith Monitoring, a company that provides the best Southlake home security system and home security San Antonio residents need. He spends most of his time procrastinating by playing video games and can be found glued to his TV.