PlayStation 4: At A Glance

Posted February 27, 2013 by Matthew in Latest

It’s official: The PS4 will arrive. At some point.

Gaming blogs and websites have been talking about little else. This is in part down to curiosity and excitement, but this is also in part to the announcement itself. It raises more questions than answers, a move that probably did not go unnoticed by Sony.

I mean, they didn’t even reveal what the console looked like!

Little was also mentioned of backwards compatibility, or the ability to play used games on Sony’s latest console. All we were really left with was a picture of the controller itself – which is probably going to change – and some launch titles.

And a hilarious parody.

The gaming community has many questions about the console, no doubt fuelled by worrying rumours that the PS4 is going to be horribly restrictive about what you can and can’t play.

I’ve provided some answers, because I’m just that nice. You’re welcome.

Is the PS4 backwards compatible?

Nope. Technically. As IGN reports: “In a roundtable conversation with journalists, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios noted that PS3 games of both the retail and downloadable variety will not be compatible with PlayStation 4, at least not natively.”

This means that digital titles like The Walking Dead and Journey won’t carry over to the PS4, in addition to physical copies.

This excludes emulation through the PS Store, though. Sony has announced the use of cloud gaming to stream games from the PS1, PS2 and PS3. How this will be integrated is not yet known.

Personally, I’m expecting companies to use the opportunity to flesh out their titles a bit and then sell them off as HD remakes.

Can the PS4 play used games?

Yes. I think.

Tom Bramwell of Eurogamer sat down with Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios boss. The answer Shuhei gave in response to this very question was incredibly tentative. Bramwell’s account can be read here.

Surely if the company was going to allow consumers to play games bought by someone else, they’d market it as a massive selling point? This would force the hand of its rivals. This is a dealbreaker for many gamers. We can’t all afford to purchase new titles all the time, after all.

Shuhei’s guarded response is less than decisive, in my eyes. The anti-used game patent was also explained away as having nothing to do with PS4. What would it actually be used for?

Still, perhaps this is verging on paranoia. The quote is that “used games will play on PS4”. Make of that what you will.

When is the release date?

“Holiday 2013”, according to the conference. This reflects rumours that the console would be released in November 2013, in time for Christmas.

What games will be available on release?

There’s a lot of speculation as to what other games will be available, but the ones that have been confirmed for release are as follows:

• Knack
• Drive Club (Evolution Studios)
• Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerrilla Games)
• inFamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch)
• Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
• Final Fantasy
• Deep Down (Capcom)
• The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED)
• The Witness
• Diablo 3 (Blizzard)
• Destiny (Activision)

What about the controller?

Check out the article’s image. The main new features include a touchscreen for interaction with games, a ‘share’ button for use with the console’s video sharing capabilities, and a speaker and headphone jack, located at the bottom of the controller between the analogue sticks.

Okay. So how much?

We don’t know, yet. ShopTo has taken a punt with a preorder price of £399.95 (RRP 449.99), but everything is pure speculation.

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