Controllers: Remarkably similar to the leaked prototypes reported on by The Times last week, the new Dualshock 4 controllers have a touchscreen in the center, a share button and feature color-coded sensory bars, which will interact with a light bar to determine depth, location and more.
Social as a priority: There were rumors that Sony would pursue a significant social infrastructure in the PS4, and they were right.
"Right away, even after the first inspection, I knew that it was going to be a good track for me, and I think there's also something to be said for not winning the test events.
Online purchasing: Sony promised that downloadable games would be playable the moment they begin downloading, with the game forcing the downloads into the background initially. : Two crucial questions remain in the wake of Sony’s PS4 announcement.
What wasn’t mentioned in the event was whether Sony would continue its current Play Station Plus system, which provides basic online gameplay and functions for free while putting a cost premium on additional features, or if it would move toward something like Xbox Live, which puts a paywall on pretty much anything worthwhile.
Credit: Emanuel Dunand / AFP/Getty Images French musician, writer and video game designer David Cage, head of game developer studio Quantic Dream, talks during the Play Station event.
Credit: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images Video game designer Mark Cerny talks about the social features of the Playstation 4.
Eric Hirshberg, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing, talks as Sony introduces the Play Station 4.
Credit: Emanuel Dunand / AFP/Getty Images Video game designer Mark Cerny talks as Sony introduces the Play Station 4.
It appears to have been built from the ground up with social in mind, integrating real-world identification, Facebook and dynamic real-time sharing.
Players will be able to not just quickly cut clips of recent gameplay footage, but stream live game sessions to friends, thanks to Sony’s dealings with Ustream. : It’s been forever since Blizzard, the company that has dominated PCs with “World of Warcraft,” “Starcraft” and “Diablo,” has released a game for consoles.
But that’s all changing with the release of “Diablo III,” not just on PS3, but on the PS4 as well.
What the game looks like on console hardware, and what the reconfigured interface looks like will be unveiled next month at PAX East.
I think I have enough of that, so I don't really need anymore.