Sony’s PS4 reveal event this week gave us lots to look forwards to and get excited for over the coming months. Unlike Nintendo, they revealed the system specs straight away, which in the long run could be a big boost in gaining support from third-party developers at an early stage -the same area that is killing the Wii U right now.
We were always going to have questions left unanswered by the event though. Some for obvious reasons, like Sony themselves not even knowing yet, others a little less clear. We’ll be tapping Uncle Sony on the shoulder for info and leaning heavily on known squealers until launch day, so keep an eye on our news section for all the updates. For now, here’s what I thought were the seven most important items missing from the meeting.
Even a US price would have given us an idea of a ballpark figure. Naturally, we can expect to pay more for the console than our American cousins thanks to the usual currency conversion rates getting lost in translation.
There are a few other reasons we’ve not seen any solid pricing details yet. Sony will most certainly be keeping an eye on Microsoft. When Microsoft finally releases some details and specs Sony may be able to take an educated guess at how much MS are likely to charge for their machine, as they won’t want to be significantly more expensive again.
Sony will also be keen to build momentum and enthusiasm for the PS4 by revealing more essential features, exclusive games and killer footage to make the price less of an issue (or soften the blow) when they finally announce it. If you spend months wanting something and that desire is only built upon, chances are you’ll sell a kidney to get a taste.
The event promised a release in time for this Christmas, but didn’t specify in what territories. They certainly didn’t mention a simultaneous worldwide release. With the event being held in New York, I think it’s a safe bet that the US will be propping up Christmas trees with PS4s. But what about Europe? Will we be left with an awkward March (2014) release again? Dear Sony, if you’d like to make a fucktonne of money, give it us at the same time.
Different Models at Launch
The PS3 may have only launched with the standard 60GB model, but today there are many varieties available with some weighing in at 500GB. So with the PS3, 360 and Wii U all sporting different SKUs, it makes sense to have some variety available at launch. Well, unless you make a hash of it by releasing a pointless 8GB model like the Wii U.
Apple still have the most disproportionate price per GB, but Sony’s memory cards for the Vita are extortionately expensive, so we hope they stick with the PS3-familiar SATA hard drives to keep costs down. We already know they won't be bothering with the marginally faster, but much more expensive SSDs (Solid State Drives). Being able to buy your own laptop-sized SATA drive on the PS3 is a great feature and hopefully we'll have the option again.
What the Console Looks Like
It’s not the end of the world that we haven’t actually seen the physical console body of PS4 yet. We’re sure it’s real. Well, 98%. While we blasted Nintendo for only showing the controller off at E3 a few years ago, Sony have already given us the system specs and explained a great deal about what they are trying to do.
I’m a big fan of the visual design of many of Sony’s consoles, in particular the slim PS2 and the original PS3 - except for when I’m lugging it between the upstairs and downstairs TVs that is. I’m happy to wait for Sony to spend a bit more time working on the visual design to get it just right.
As long as they don’t let their creative team from the ‘This is Living’ advertising campaign near it, I’m sure it’ll be fine. If they do, we’ll end up with a cymbal-clapping monkey toy tied to a see-through balloon with a cloud and a frog in it. Or something weird.
It’s all very well saying we’ll be able to switch off the TV and carry on playing the PS4 on our Vita, but maybe we’d like to play something on it before Christmas. Where are all the other Vita games? I’m still trying to get over the trauma of Black Ops: Declassified. Just give me another Uncharted game and I’ll stop bitching for a few weeks at least. At least Ken Levine can get started on the Bioshock title now Infinite is finished.
Seeing as the Vita has just received a price-cut in Japan, we’ll hopefully see one in the US and EU as Sony really need to start shifting more units if they’re to convince third-party developers to dedicate the time to making some quality titles.
The Missing Big Games
We were surprised to hear nothing from the likes of Gran Turismo and third-party titles like Grand Theft Auto V or Metal Gear Solid. Older Sony fans will be a still clinging onto hope of hearing the words “Ridge Racer!” belting out across the stage at E3 or sooner too. Destiny aside, this was very much about Sony’s games. To be fair, they’re looking pretty hot.
The Last Guardian Continues to hide which didn’t really surprise us, but Sony need to stop messing us around and admit the game’s not going to make it to PS3. We have so much hope for the game that many of us would prefer to see it reach its full potential on the PS4 if it’s struggling on the PS3.
Why Have the Helghast Turned Into cats?
I love Killzone, especially the Helghast and their iconic, scary glowing orange eyes. While I was trying not to lose cool points by fist-pumping the air during the live feed reveal of Killzone: Shadow Fall, my better half chipped in with, “ha he looks like a cat!” on seeing the first Helghast soldier appear. I can’t unsee it now. Meozone. Kittizone. Helloghan Kitty. Thanks hun. I’m banning her from seeing anything related to Bioshock Infinite.
Well, that’s another Sunday 7 in the bag dear readers. How did you enjoy the PS4 reveal? Were you howling at the screen because they forgot to tell you something? Sound off below and let us know what you think Sony should be telling us next about the PS4, Vita and the still very much in action PS3.