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Sony Officially Announces The Playstation 4

The Playstation 4 exists, and will be released “this holiday season”. Sony didn’t show off the physical console, and only showed the controller in passing. We haven’t been told how much it will cost either. We didn’t get much concrete info, but we did get to see some games, and get an idea of what the features will include.

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The Playstation 4 has been designed as a very high end PC, which means it will be much easier to develop for. Sony recently acquired Gaikai (over $300 Million) and the president of the company came out saying they plan on using their cloud expertise to bring hundreds of the PS1 PS2 & PS3 games to the console via the “cloud”. You will also be able to use the PS4 as a server to stream games directly to your Playstation Vita. One of the areas stressed was social integration with Facebook, and UStream specifically. The DualShock 4 will come with a “Share” button that will allow you to instantly show off whatever you just experienced to your friends. Speaking of the controller, it now has a touchpad in the center of it, altered analog sticks, and different shoulder buttons up top. Apparently, the PS4 will come with a sensor bar that will sense the location of the controller in the room.

Killzone: Shadow Fall was the first game demo shown and it was impressive. My mind didn’t melt like it did the first time I saw Killzone 2, but this is a definite leap over whatever we are playing right now. Evolution Studios, the guys behind the game MotorStorm’ showed off their new racer called ‘Drive Club’. A very realistic looking racer which is said to be all about “team based racing”. We saw a little game called ‘Knack’ that will be cross playable with the PSVita. We got a trailer of ‘In Famous Second Son, which I am personally excited for.

Absent from this event were big names like EA, Uncharted, Gran Turismo, Last Guardian and a ton of other franchises and companies.

 Capcom showed off a new game called Deep Down, which is a working title, and actually caught my interest. Blizzard Games came out and announced that Diablo 3 will be coming to the PS4 and PS3 later this year. This is big news because Blizzard hasn’t made a game for consoles in quite sometime now. Halo creators, Bungie came out announcing that their new game, Destiny, will be out on PS4 & PS3 with exclusive content coming soon after. Epic Games showed off their new Unreal Engine 4, and Square Enix showed off their new game engine. They also announced that a new Final Fantasy is in the works without disclosing any further details. Probably the most impressive demo that was shown was Watch Dogs, a game being made by Ubisoft. It looks like this is going to be the Assassins Creed of this console’s generation. The game looks great and the gameplay looks even better.

And now it begins! The eighth console generation is upon us. Sony has come out first, and Microsoft is waiting for the right time to show what they have to offer. This event wasn’t all that exciting to me. I expected something to blow my pants off, but looking at it now I think Sony did what they needed to do, while leaving enough surprises for E3 this June. Check back for more videos and news.