The lights are on
Sony's Mark Cerny laid out some of the PlayStation 4's powerful sharing and game-downloading capabilities at Sony's New York event this afternoon. Simple video capture and sharing, a download system that lets you play while the system is still pulling down files, and predictive software that aims to show you games you might be interested in make PS4 a clear step forward for Sony.
Using the "share" button on the DualShock 4 controller, players can scroll back through recent gameplay -- captured via the PS4's hard-wired video encoding capabilities -- and select sections to tag and upload to the Internet. Presumably you'll be able to set them as private, public, or friends-only for viewing, but Cerny didn't go into that level of detail in his presentation.
Similarly to Blizzard's existing launchers for World of Warcraft and Diablo III, the PS4 will allow you to fire up games before you're done downloading them. You'll still have to grab a certain amount of your digitally purchased title or demo before playing, but the experience should be much smoother than on PS3.
Sony's goal is to use its prediction software to study your gaming habits and seed your console with downloads it thinks you might like for a truly instant play experience. In addition, the company should be able to use its predictive data to serve players personalized news and content.
As rumored, PS4 owners will also be able to access chat and other services via their smartphones, tablets, and Web browsers as well. Cerny didn't provide any further details, but coming up with more ways to integrate those devices into the next-gen PlayStation experience isn't difficult.
I am really excited about being able to stream my gameplay to friends online. It seems like a really promising feature.
Practically a Theater mode for every game...EPIC.
Just step towards the totalitarian world in 1984 i guess...
I can't express enough enthusiasm for the "recent gameplay footage" feature. That's the kind of thing I wish more games had in general, so the fact that it's a default system feature is really pretty brilliant. I just hope it doesn't interfere with game performance at all.
I really couldn't care less about the other "features" in this article, though.
I like not having to wait until the full game is downloaded, some of those puppies take a while!
This is a wonderful idea on Sony's part!
custom tailored downloads? Go on...
This is epic. I'm already hyped.
Interesting. I don't usually go online with my console, but I'm still interested in how this is going to work. This is very interesting indeed.
(sigh) That's nice and all, but that really doesn't matter to me, frankly. I can attest that most gamers are gonna simply want some sweet launch titles to play, not sharing some mundane game-screen we pulled up. Whatevs. . . see what else the PS4's got for us.
This is great for all those PS+ games I download
The idea of sharing game video easily is great. Especially when you are playing a game like Dark Souls. I know I have watched quite a few videos on how to accomplish tasks in that game.
They should also make sure the PS1 sound plays on the system.
Aah the memories.