ImaJAN Media Network
MeltedJoystick Home
   Games  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

The PS4 Debuts... Without the Actual PS4

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 02/21/13 at 08:20 PM CT

So Sony had been hyping their big Feb. 20th meeting for some time. Granted, most everyone knew it was going to be about their next generation system - but what would they show? The big tease is finally over and what we got was.... a controller - some game trailers - some specs and a promise that at E3 they were really going to show us the goods.

The good news is that, despite early rumors, the PS4 (as it is now officially known) will not have to be connected to the Internet to run and it will be able to play used games. Granted, they're pushing the social aspect (much like Microsoft) but people still living in the Internet stone age (often not by any choice of their own) can at least know they'll be able to play games offline. Of course my main gripe - the lack of backwards compatibility - isn't going to change - so I'm still going to be a late adopter to the next system.

Although the PS4 was nowhere to be seen, they did debut a new Dual Shock 4 controller. While it's not a huge departure from their current controller, it does have some intriguing features including a touch screen, buttons that push the social aspect (Start and Select are now Share and Options) including the ability to upload the last 20 seconds of gameplay to PSN, as well as a lightbar (replacing the Move) and an integrated headset jack. No word on whether the shoulder buttons are still crap - but at least it looks like the analog sticks are recessed and it has a better grip material to it. It has also joined just about every other major electronic device (well, except Apple) at having a micro USB cord instead of the current mini USB.

I haven't had any major issues with the Dual Shock 3 (other than those pesky shoulder buttons) but it should be interesting as things go along to see how the touch screen and light bar will utilize new games and, I'm hoping, a better online experience. Even though it is interesting, I'm glad they didn't go the full WiiU tablet mode myself.

What we didn't get were: a price, pictures of the actual unit or a solid release date (holiday 2013 is as good as it gets people). We did get some solid specs, however. This includes an x86 processor, a customized graphics processor and GDDR5 memory - it will still have Blu-Ray capability, USB 3.0, Ethernet and Bluetooth and up to 170GPBS bandwidth. I'll let the techies tell me whether this is awesome enough or not.

What is awesome are some of the trailers that they unveiled:

Infamous Second Son:

Killzone: Shadow Fall


Watch Dogs

While Watch Dogs is likely going to be multi-platform, InFamous and Kill Zone are exclusives, meaning at least the opening game salvo looks like it will be pretty good. However, it all depends on what they say the price of the machine and each game are going to be before I make any solid conclusions on whether this is going to be worth the opening-day purchase. Granted, I'm probably going to wait up to a year before I even think about purchasing one for myself, at this point anyway.

Did anything jump out at you at the launch - good or bad? Will Sony redeem themselves or will they suffer the same fate as the WiiU? While I think this announcement was just another tease in of itself, it looks like we're going to have to wait until E3 to get the full scoop. Still, they've one-upped Microsoft this time - I'm interested to see how they respond.

MeltedJoystick Gaming Blog RSS Feed

Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   

View Chris's Profile


Wrote on02/24/13 at 12:58 PM CT

Sony only said they wouldn't block used games from the system but I have a feeling that they may try some trick to get more money out of you - a fee to play used games wouldn't be out of the question - therefore they can say they won't block used games - but you still have to pay to use them. Eh - we'll see what more they have to blab about in the coming months.

Write on Profile +

View Nick's Profile


Wrote on02/23/13 at 02:41 PM CT

We are already seeing used games on the PS3 have limitations. The game itself will still work just fine for local play. But if you want to do online play, which many games of today have, the online code is already used up and you have purchase a new one for $10. I see this as being common place on the PS4. Maybe even as bad as having to pay a fee to get the used game to work at all, who knows.

Write on Profile +

View Matt's Profile


Wrote on02/23/13 at 09:40 AM CT

AND now maybe the four silly people who bought the Vita - yes I am sure there are only four of them out there - will be able to use that as a second screen. I also heard mussings that iOS and Android devices could also be second screens... So Sony didn't need to go all WiiU by creating a monolith of a controller/tablet/whateveritis.

Write on Profile +

View Jonzor's Profile


Wrote on02/22/13 at 08:20 PM CT

It actually seems like they're saying used games will be allowed... and dancing around the issue at the same time, like there will be a WAY to play them... but there's still some sort of gimmick they have up their sleeves for it.

Maybe it's reading too much into it... but the fact that they won't just SAY "Used games are A-Okay!" is odd.

Write on Profile +

View Nelson Schneider's Profile

Nelson Schneider

Wrote on02/22/13 at 06:48 PM CT

OMG, they didn't show the PS4 because it's actually going to be NOTHING but streaming!!!!1!

Naaah, Sony isn't quite that dumb. Of course, I didn't actually see ANY reason to covet this thing. Their game previews were uninspiring. The social networking feature seems like an even bigger PITA than MiiVerse. The new controller looks like both an improvement (no more mushy triggers, better d-buttons) and a WTF (motion tracking a controller you hold in 2 hands). Sony also didn't directly address the NO USED GAEMZ apocalypse, so the biggest question is still up in the air.

Write on Profile +


Previous Blog Posts


All Posts

July 2024

June 2024

May 2024

April 2024

March 2024

February 2024

January 2024

December 2023

November 2023

October 2023

September 2023

August 2023

July 2023

June 2023

May 2023

April 2023

March 2023

February 2023

January 2023

December 2022

November 2022

October 2022

September 2022

August 2022

July 2022

June 2022

May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

Log In
For members wanting to use FB to login, click here
remember me

What Members Are Doing

Comments about...

New Game Reviews

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred... game review by Nelson Schneider
Ori and the Blind Forest: ... game review by Nick
House Party game review by Chris Kavan
Persona 5 Royal game review by Chris Kavan
Pikmin 4 game review by Nelson Schneider
A Hat in Time game review by Chris Kavan
No Man's Sky game review by Nelson Schneider
Cthulhu Saves Christmas game review by Nick

New Game Lists

Backlog (Multi-Player) by Nelson Schneider
Top Xbox 360 Games by Megadrive
Top PC (Steam) Games by Chris Kavan
Games I Own: Switch Digital by dbarry_22
Top Nintendo (NES) Games by Nick
Backlog by Matt
Top Game List by SIngli6
Top Game List by Jonzor




Contact Us Public Relations MeltedJoystick Friends    

Advertise and Business

Contacts Us


About us



Support Us

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use


Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?