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Wednesday night Sony came onto the stage, in a
location that I do not know, to announce its foray into the next-gen of video
games. Playstation 4 was officially revealed to the world, well sort of, since
the console wasn't actually shown. Still, Sony gave a universally well received
presentation. Regardless of this, I am still wary of the Playstation 4.
Disclaimer 1: I
did not watch the conference myself, I was busy emailing my girlfriend,
watching avatar, and working on a paper while it was on. So alas, I has no time
to view it, but I have kept up avidly with the newest updates as well as plenty
of the videos and news coming out of the conference.
Disclaimer 2: I liked this show, I really did. I
liked the news that came out of it and I really think it's the best showing
Sony's given us in a while. I do not own a PS3, nor do I really want one. I
really liked what the PS4 had to show, but I do have some issues. These very
issues are keeping me from jumping on the PS4 bandwagon.
No hardware shown
This isn't a big one. I recognize that, but still it
is something I would love to address. Sony managed to show off a lot of great
stuff,but never once showed the system. I just want to know what going next to
my sleek matte finished Wii U. Is it black, white, circular, boxed, or any
other variant of those things. How big is? Is it incredible bulky? But the big
reason is more about how sturdy the system is. The PS2 wasn't exactly known for
sturdiness. I'm not sure about the PS3, but regardless I would like to know if
the Ps4 is gonna fall and then snap on two. I know all in all it's pretty
trivial, but I still would like to know what I'm putting on my shelf.
Data doesn't transfer/Not backwards compatible
This one doesn't effect me A LOT, but it does affect
me to a degree. There are a lot of great Ps3 games out there that I missed
because I can't afford a PS3. So if I were to get a Ps4 I would have loved to
play some of those old games for cheap. Buy them used and play the, on my brand
new Ps4. If Microsoft has backwards compatibility, you can almost be certain
I'm going to go with that one. That way all of my old Xbox games aren't
completely wasted. The data transfer thing doesn't affect me, but I can't
imagine that that is that hard to do. It just seems like that really sucks for
everyone who has a lot of games and things saved on their PS4. It's not a deal
breaker by any means, but when looking at the Wii U that is almost pushing
backwards compatibility, it seems like Sony is lacking behind.
No super compelling games
Killzone and infamous don't exactly thrill me, as I'm
sure they won't thrill others. I do believe that they are solid games. I've
never personally played them, but I am not doubting their quality. What I do
believe is that they won't move systems like a Halo would. I'm not saying that
they don't exist; most likely they are going to
announce some killer games at E3. At this point though Killzone and
Infamous aren't moving the system off the shelf. Knack looks interesting, but
that seems like a cult hit. I can't imagine Knack being a huge system seller.
Everything else appears to be multi platform, so I'll just take the new
Microsoft system for those, since that's what I'm used to know.
No launch line up confirmed
Even more than no amazing games, it's the lack of a
launch lineup that's really holding me off. If Microsoft can show me a lineup
with some great games that are definite launch titles then I'm gonna go that
route. I know there is still a lot of time to announce this, and of course it
will be announced, but who knows if games like killzone or infamous will even
be at launch. Look at the 3DS and Wii U, which were both supposed to have Mario
games and pikmin and all kinds of fantastic games that weren't ready on time.
Who knows if all or ANY of these games will really actually be out at launch.
No price point yet
And of course the biggest is PRICE POINT. I know you
saw that coming right? But it is a big deal. I don't have money to just buy
everything that comes out. Most likely I'll get one or the other, PS4 or the
new Xbox. Which is cheaper will probably be the way I decide which to get. I
know it's going to be high, but can it be reasonable? The PS3 was 500 to 600
dollars at launch, which in my opinion is far to much. It's simply unrealistic
to charge that much and expect it to sell incredibly well, as evidenced by the
Xbox 360 and Wii sales being so much greater. I think that the cost will
probably have to be in the 400 to 600 range, but if it's more than that or even
on the upper end of that then I'm not going to be so inclined to buy it.
In conclusion, I really like what's been revealed
about the PS4, and it may very well be the next system I pick up. Still I think
that jumping on the PS4 bandwagon may be a little early for me. I'm certainly
going to sit back and watch the Big 3 battle it out for system dominance, but
know that at this point I'm wary about the PS4.