P2P – PlayStation 4 And The Next Generation
On February 20th, Sony made history when they revealed their upcoming console, the PlayStation 4 to the press and to the world. Featuring a redesigned Dualshock controller, Gaikai technology, social and sharing features, as well as support from hundreds of development studios around the world, Sony is positioning the PS4 as the developer’s and gamer’s console. It’ll be easier to develop for, easier to use, and easier on the wallet compared to the PS3.
Fellow JTM writer Jordan Shaw and I recently had a conversation about the PS4’s reveal, it’s technology, and how it will compete with the next generation, considering that it’s going up against Nintendo’s Wii-U and Microsoft’s next console. One thing’s for sure, this next-gen arms race is heating up; and the ensuing battle royale is sure to be a barn-burner.
Join our discussion after the break.
Jordan S: The PlayStation 4’s announcement and features were interesting, that’s for sure. I’m guessing the price point is going to be pretty high though
Jan H: From what I’ve heard it’ll be around the $400 – $500 range. Granted that’s purely speculative right now, but we’ll definitely see more at Tokyo Game Show, E3, and Gamescom later this year.
Jordan S: Yeah, my gut says that it’ll be higher. It’s got 8 gigs of screaming-fast RAM – from my understanding no one was expecting it to have more than 4. Of course, they might sell it at a steep loss and try and cover themselves with game sales, but we’ll see. Also you have to remember that the PS3 launched at what, 650?
Jan H: Yeah about $599 for the 60GB and $499 for the 20GB SKU’s. From what I’ve been told and from the February 20 press event, it looks like Sony’s really learned from their technical and marketing gaffes and are working with developers to keep the PS4 as easy to develop for as possible while keeping the cost as low as they can for consumers.
They even made quick jabs at their own “Cell” engine mishaps in the show so there’s a big chance that the PS4 won’t be priced as high as the PS3; but again it’s all speculation at the moment. Now it’s MS’ turn to bring the heat to Sony with their hardware reveal in April. With all these big reveals and technical powerhouses, I think the Wii-U has a tough road ahead.
Jordan: Well, not in any more trouble than Nintendo has been in for the past 15 years. Everyone was expecting this.
Jan H: You’ll be able to remote play/second screen games from PS4 to Vita and Microsoft has Smart Glass technology that connects the Xbox 360 to phones, tablets, and even iOS devices. In my opinion those apps and featueres lessen (if not nullify) the Wii-U gamepad’s uniqueness.
Jordan: Well not really, because you need to own a Vita to do any second-screen or remote-playing. That’s an added expense that’s hard to justify given the Vita’s current software lineup and competition.
Jan H: Still though, for a struggling tech, Remote Play and second screen functionalities will give the Vita a new lease on life. But not only that, even if I’m away from my PS4 I’ll be able to connect to it using a Wi-Fi connection and remote-play my games from wherever I may be at the time. I can only imagine how awesome it would be to play Diablo III on my Vita whenever I’m in Vancouver, Seattle, or Los Angeles. One thing that concerns me about PS4’s Remote Play is security. But I think that’s for another discussion.
Jordan S: If anything, I think all three consoles having second-screen functionality helps the Wii-U in the end because developers can create cross-platform games with dual-screen tech now; especially if Microsoft boosts their Smart Glass technology.
Jan H: That is unless the Wii U hits a technical ceiling and can’t match it’s next gen counterparts graphically. And to be honest, I’m still not sold on Wii-U being a next-gen system, technically speaking. But then again, Nintendo games are quite fun regardless of their graphical presentation.
Jordan S: It never will, graphically – but historically, that hasn’t hurt the Wii, the Gamecube, or the N64. Nintendo’s always walked to the beat of a different drum, and seemed to manage just fine doing their own thing
Jan H: Oh agreed, but you have to wonder how long they can rely on that strategy given the vastly different and constantly evolving marketplace. Don’t misunderstand though, I plan to get a Wii-U once I save up enough money (or after a price-cut). I think it’s got great games coming and has unique Nintendo-ness to it that’s hard to emulate. Plus I’m always wary whenever Sony launches new accessories, especially dual-screen support in their games. I’m still annoyed at their horribly dwindling support for the PS Move.
Jordan S: Hmm, we’ll see. I tend to think the social media and sharing stuff is a bit of a fad, at least how it’s currently implemented. With Nintendo’s experience in handheld and history for innovation, I think they’ll do OK, personally. I think they’re in a stronger position than Sega was at the end of their era with the Dreamcast.
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What did you think of the PlayStation 4? Do you think it’ll be a strong contender in the next-generation console race?