Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:18 PM
Edited by Lightning Strike, 10 June 2013 - 08:34 PM.
Though we've actually got no confirmed data saying that the PlayStation 4 will be announced this Wednesday I suppose we might as well have a bit of a chat about what we've supposedly seen thus far from Sony's supposed leaks.
First there's the new controller, now don't get my wrong it looks okay, but it's not up to the usual standard I expect from Sony. I prefer the PlayStation 3's controller over that of the Xbox 360's, why ? Because it's lighter, more portable and in my opinion better designed for the human hand. So I'm not too thrilled at the fact that Sony's prototype looks more bulkier each time I see it, when I play a video game I don't want my hands to get tired of holding the controller before I get tired of playing the game. This happened too often with the Xbox 360 and its' predecessor the original Xbox. There can be no doubt in my mind that the controller of the PlayStation 4 should remain a Dualshock controller and not some sort of Xbox 360/Dualshock hybrid.
Not only does the Dualshock look nicer, sleeker and thinner than the the Xbox 360's controller but it also doesn't have one of my hands in a disproportionate pose to the other, I just can't do the same stuff on the Xbox 360 that I can on any of the PlayStations and that's probably down to the fact that I don't have that weird disproportional thumbstick taunting me when I play. Not to say that the Xbox 360 pad wasn't a good controller it just wasn't my preferred controller of choice and if we didn't have choices and opinions then the whole world would be so very, very boring. I'm saying this just in case anyone take what I've said above as some sort of Sony fan boy anger and it's not, it's just the fact that over the years I've become accustomed to the PlayStation's unique and consistent design and I'd prefer if it stayed that way.
Let's not go down the banana route again Sony, please ?!?!.
Now let's talk about the rumours regarding the fact the Sony's new machine will be able to stream PlayStation 3 games live. Now, I don't see this as too much of an issue though I can see how some might perceive it as Sony's way to quash the second hand games market without being roadblocked by not having their machine be backwards compatible (which is one of the area's that the Xbox 360 bested the PlayStation 3). I can't honestly see what Sony have against the second hand games market (I'm going to guess that it's something along the lines of what ever issue Capcom's currently having with it) but when I was at school one of the biggest reasons me and all of the other children owned PlayStation 2's instead of an Xbox was down to the fact that it was not only cheaper but also because we could exchange games with one another.
This is perhaps Sony's biggest flaw, if they go all out crazy on second hand games then there's no doubt in my mind that their console will suffer sales-wise because of it. They should realise that whole companies (primarily companies that invest a lot in card games like the Japanese media) thrive off of second hand sales as they make more money from it in the long run. It's true because I remember that back in primary school I'd literally save all of the pocket money that I got from doing chores and helping around the neighbourhood to buy new cards so that I could build better decks (I was really rather terribly addicted to both Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh at this point in my life) and trade off my newly bought cards for cards of equal value from other kids, thus creating an never ending profit cycle for the card companies.
Finally the pricing needs to be talked about as it's by far one of the most important things when releasing a new console. Hopefully we don't get a flashback to Sony's PlayStation 3 2007 release in which you had to be one of either, a Sultan of Arabia, Oprah or the Royal Family to actually purchase one of the stupid things. I suppose I was lucky since I saved cash from the moment it was announced to its release and that's most likely the only reason why I had a PlayStation as early as I did, and it wasn't to due with any parental involvement which something that Sony definitely doesn't want to happen if it intends to not have to wait another six years to surpass the XBOX 720 (or whatever they're going to call it) in sales.