Last night, ladies and gentlemen all over the world were invited to share in the beauty of the Playstation 4. Many were expecting the news at some point but few thought it would come so early. Many wondered why on earth Sony would announce now rather than at E3 and others were just mesmerized by the many differing accents and bright lights. But one thing is for sure.
This "meeting" would be talked about.
Many developers took to the stage to show their beautiful new games that would run on Sony's newest addition to the Playstation family and we were introduced to the new controller. As well as a peek at the new Kinect-like device called the "Eye" that will accompany the console.
We learned that the new controller will not only have all the buttons we currently know and love but will have the addition of a touch pad and a "share" button. Because, you know, we can't function without Ustream, facebook and twitter in this day and age. In all honesty, I do think it's a cool idea to be able to press a simple button to send gameplay footage straight to Ustream. I'm eager to see how well it functions.
As well as the peripherals coming with the console, Sony announced the "second screen" capability that can turn your PS Vita, Android, iPhone or iPad into a second screen with a downloadable app. This will allow you to use your smart phone to do things like view maps while you keep the main screen for action. You will also be able to buy games from any location and download it remotely.
Two new alliances were also announced. Blizzard came with the news that Diablo 3 would be coming to the new console anf that Bungie is thrilled to have Playstation fans step into their universe for the first time with Destiny.
Some games were cute, some were gory. Some had a bleak view of the future, while some wanted to tap into our creativity. Sadly, with open creativity comes the notion that immature people will find ways to use these games to further their penis making abilities.
My personal favorites from the show and tell were:
Watchdogs - Ubisoft's big-brother game where information is everything. This seemed to be one of the only games with actual game play being shown. Was it mind blowing? Not really, but the idea was new and cool and seemed like a modern day Assassin's Creed. Think if Desmond grew out of his whiny early 20s stage and had a whole game to himself.
Drive Club - Now, I suck at driving games but the thought of being in a driving clan does sound pretty cool. And to have the challenges revolve around team participation as well as skill seems wonderful. Again, let's see how it actually works but it's an exciting concept. The car graphics were painstakingly accurate and quite beautiful. As was explained, they took every detail into account including things like the rainbow effect the light throws across headlight covers.
Here's a listing of all the games shown:
Driveclub (WWS Evolution Studios)
inFAMOUS Second Son (WWS Sucker Punch Productions)
Killzone: Shadow Fall (WWS Guerrilla Games)
Knack (WWS Japan Studio)
Deep Down (working title) (CAPCOM)
Destiny (Activision Publishing, Inc./ Bungie, Inc.)
Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.)
The Witness (Jonathan Blow)
Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Entertainment)
Oh right - I should probably show a pic of the new console right? Here you go:
Yes, absolutely brilliant. For two hours, Sony talked... and talked... and talked about how great the system is. All of the new sharing, the new games, the new rendering, the new developer goodies. But what? Yeah. No console and no price. Hype machine engage. Roll on E3.
Here's a real video of Watch Dogs for you to enjoy: Skip to 3:33 for the good stuff.
Oh, and did I mention the sad lack of women on the stage? Again? Yeah... Maybe all of them saw what was going to be presented and ran away screaming? Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.