The lights are on
Sony's reveal of the PlayStation 4 excited the industry with its visions
of next-gen games, the ability to play legacy PlayStation titles, the power of
cloud gaming, and more. But will we see all of these features as stated, or are
they just empty promises?
Here are a list of some of the PlayStation 4's features as
we currently know them, and given the info at hand, I assess how likely it is
we'll see them come to fruition as planned.
Old PlayStation Games Offered
Chance of Happening: Low (at least in the way that we'd like)
Sony and its cloud company Gaikai say that they want to
offer PS1, PS2, and PS3 games for the PS4 via download. This sounds great, but
even when it was announced, Gaikai co-founder David Perry said it as an end
goal, and that the PS4's cloud strategy would come in stages.
While we don't doubt that there will be past PlayStation
downloadable games available for the PS4, there's no simple switch that will
make it happen. I also don't believe the selection will satisfy those who
wished the system had disc-based backwards compatibility.
Different Hard Drive Sizes/Multiple Iterations
Chance of Happening: High
It may be annoying to gamers when hardware manufacturers
offer different variations of their hardware, but companies seem to like it
because it lets them advertise cheaper price points and presumably sell to
different consumers. Given Sony's past history with different system configurations – including its love of bundles in general – we don't see this trend
changing for the launch of the PS4.
The PS4 Hits Its Holiday Release
Sony seems to be on track with the PS4 even though it has
not shown it to the public apart from the controller and camera. Developers
have kits and Sony is loathe to lag behind the release of Microsoft's next
console. Thus, I'm confident Sony will do all it can to make sure the PS4 comes
out this year.
The PS4 Knows What You Like
Chance of Happening: High. Chance of It Being Correct? Low
One of the bizarre moments of the recent debut of the
PlayStation 4 was when Sony thought that the PS4 surfacing ads and content that
the system predicted you'll like was cool. When has a website or algorithm
really gotten what you like correct? Think of all the bizarre pop-up ads or
retail website suggestions you've gotten because you once searched for a cat
sweatshirt as a joke. I expect the PS4 to get things similarly wrong.
Read on for more predictions.
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