Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Xalaga21
A Day With the PlayStation 4: Reality Check…
Oh, wow! The new video that came out at SCEJA’s Press Conference nearly made me cancel my Xbox One pre-order. With this type of interactivity, and amazing game play, plus sharing, there will be no time to play with the Xbox One. Until, I start to look at the commercial closer…
The video reads (thanks to Google Translate) “Closing video Combining the daily life and network jump out the living, life game of “PlayStation” will continue to spread. Surprise and excitement born game and people, between people “lead” by. New gaming experience, with a new game console.”
It opens with a guy playing the PlayStation 4, but then he hits the share button and a friend of his gets it on his phone.
Reality Check: The phone used is a “Docomo X” an Xperia phone created by Sony. The good news is that is an Android based device, that might be using Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread). So there is hope for us Android users to be able to use this application once the PS4 comes out. Sadly, as history has taught me, and Popcap releasing “Plant Vs Zombie 2” ONLY on iOS devices, I’m not holding my breath on being able to do this right away. Currently, Playstation Mobile only works on Galaxy phones , (here is a list of the available phones and tablets Playstation Mobile works with) and even though I have an Android running Jelly Bean (Gingerbread was 3 OS before Jelly Bean) the application won’t run correctly on my phone, and no efforts to update it have been made. My vote on this is that I won’t be able to use this feature, and most likely, it will be exclusive to Sony phones, at least for a while.
PS4 game placed on pause. Being able to access game on your Vita while you are at your school lunch time:
Reality check: Most of Asia has an amazing infrastructure when it comes to internet. No matter where you are, you can find wi-fi or an internet connection of any kind. Sadly, our internet is at least 20 years behind from what they have. Japan is special, in that, they have speeds we can only dream off, while we look like we are still in 14k modems. Also, we gamers lost our mind when the Xbox One announced a 24hr check in for the system, knowing full well that not many people have a good connection or connection at all to the internet. How many Americans won’t be able to use this feature? For me, being able to do this would only work when I am home and someone wants to use the TV. Great! No problems there right? Well, let me rain some more on your parade. The WiiU is also able to do the same thing, but it is only on **SPECIFIC GAMES.** Meaning, I can’t play ZombieU on the little screen if I want, and New Mario Bros. U just mimics the TV screen at all times. My hope is that this system will be better and not limited to specific games like “Knack” which is the game shown here for this particular demo. Perhaps Google Fiber will stop being a dream and we will get the internet we deserve in the years to come.
Playstation Vita Tv
Reality check: I’m just not convinced about it yet. For the approximate price of $100 for 1GB, or about $150 for the 8GB version, this Japan only release of the device left me feeling a bit deflated. Yes, if you can save up another $100 and get yourself a Vita, I guess I can see the use of it. Portability to take it to a classroom a play? Sure! But lets be honest. Everything now a days can play Netflix and/or some sort of movie streaming player. Other apps seem weird running in this device. The only argument I have heard that made some sense, was made by our very own Malcom Spineddi, that said “I would be able to screen capture and record Vita game play for walkthroughs to post on YouTube.” Is it worth the extra money for it? I guess time will tell. Perhaps we don’t have to worry about it and it will never see a USA release.
The equivalent of a Gaming Flashmob tournament.
Reality check: So ok, Ustream will be handling this portion of the sharing part of the, well, share button. Not only will you be able to see the competition on your PS4, but Tablets as well as posting on Facebook and twitter. Neat! My concern is that, with everyone having that capability at the touch of a button, all I can think of is that you should “brace yourself, because sharing is coming.” Finding your friends feeds without a direct link, most likely will be a nightmare. I know I’m a minority in this, as MLG and League of Legends competitions get more and more viewers, but I like to play games, not watch other people play. I’m sure I might give this feature a go, once or twice, to show the world how awful I am at whatever game I am currently playing. Mainly it will be only to say “I tried it, did it once, will sit there collecting dust. Like my WiiU.”
In conclusion, yes, I’m probably being super nit picky, but years of experience and promises never really fulfilled from the previous generation, has taught me that all this video really means nothing. To be fair, the video is intended for the Asian market, which is a very different market and culture than ours. All these “sitcom” scenarios that we saw in the video, is really possible over there. I can not help to be mesmerized and excited about what is in the video, if all of it did work the way the show it. But knowing the limitation we all posses, it is hard to get excited about it. I hope they make a US version of this video so we can see how different it might all play out for us.
Edit: This edit is simply to add this video that we found from Gamesis that we thought was funny and on par to what our concerns are. We really want to thank our community and readers for the tons of comments on this site, twitter, reddit, N4G, etc. Positive and negative. We really wanted to open a dialogue and it has happened. Thank you guys for being such an awesome community.