by Elena Sanchez
Imagine a utopia where imagination is unlimited, creativity is unbarred, and a dream becomes interactive. With unreal technology that the ps4 provides, players can now breathe life into their wildest dreams. Sony’s PlayStation4, scheduled to be released holiday of 2013, is the key to the next big step in the evolution of gaming. The masterminds responsible for the PlayStation4 have discovered and executed the perfect harmony between hardware, software, capabilities etc… of the PlayStation4, that when unified, create dreamlike experiences that can only be experienced through the PS4.
The PlayStation’s finest collection of technology and content is finally here. There are so many new ideas encompassed in this great piece of gear, it would take the actual experience to fully appreciate its illusory capabilities.
To begin, there are several new features introduced to the PlayStation Network. One of the social aspects of the network include a new “share button” built in the DualShock 4 controller. This button allows players to instantly upload their gameplay recordings- as lead system architect Mark Cerny describes it, players simply “hit the share button, scan through the last few minuets of gameplay, pick a portion, tag it, [then] return to gameplay.” This means that any player can upload their gameplay videos.
In addition, players can now browse the live gameplay of their friends at that exact moment. There is even an option to comment while their friend is playing. But, the masterminds didn’t stop there, they made it possible to where, if a player becomes stuck in a game, they can pass the controller to a friend on their PSN, who has already completed the game, and allow them to takeover. Imagine handing your controller to your friend on the couch, but over the Internet; players can now reach out through PSN and take the controller. These new features support the idea David Perry, the CEO of GaiKai, expressed in the PlayStation 4 conference that, “Nothing would come between the platform and the joy of playing.”
The PlayStation 4 has taken an approach to an enhanced system performance with the word “immediate” in mind. Coming in this new age, with all of its’ new technology, it is expected to be swift, powerful, and accessible, which is exactly what the PS4 creators have done. It has new reduced lag time for its basic functions. For example, players may stop their gameplay by pressing the power button, then resume at the exact spot where they left off just by pressing the same button instantly; the minuets it takes a console to boot and the time it takes to load a saved game are a thing of the past.
As expected, things didn’t stop there. This mind-boggling piece of gear allows players to perform background downloads/updates even with the power off. But wait, here’s one of the juiciest bits: Digital titles are now playable even as they are being downloaded. This means players can download a game, but before it even finishes full installation, players can begin the experience by playing during the downloading process without lag or delay.
One of the most anticipated aspects of the ps4 is the new, crisp experience it offers to players. Graphics have truly evolved from console to console, and in the early years of the console, only 350 polygons were supported . That number has drastically increased to 30,000 polygons with the new PS4. The graphics that the system offers provide a surreal, unheard of new experience that enhances the overall emotional tug that game creators strive for.
Some new titles to be expected with the release of the PS4 include “Knack”, “Driveclub”, “Infamous: Second Son”, “The Witness”, “Destiny”, “Watchdog”, and “Killzone: Shadow Fall”.
The PS4’s new and improved Dualshock 4 controller comes equipped with insane new attributes. The most noticeable new addition is the touchpad in the center of the controller, where the select, start, and PS buttons normally rest. There is a headphone jack installed on the controller as well as a new light bar that is used to determine the location of the controller. The share button, also a new addition, is the perfect new feature to expand the PlayStation Nation, seeing as it allows players to better connect with their circle of PSN friends.
Overall, the PlayStation 4 is truly the next step in the world of gaming. The new ideas it brings to the world allow players to play through a whole new experience never before felt until now with its new technology which will allow the unthinkable in possibilites. The well anticipated PS4 is truly a revolutionary instrument; elegant yet simplistic, it has captured the essence of what imagination truly is.