Originally Posted by fido2
Day before the expected announcement. Shall we have a game and see who can guess closest to announced specs?
Originally Posted by CMonMan
I thought that's what this thread was?
Originally Posted by fido2
Yes, however its the day before. I just thought its the best time to pool thoughts based on final rumours/leaks. Might even give someone bragging rights for the closest guess.And after some of the in depth comments I've seen so far, I don't even think I'll post my uneducated guesses.
I just hope they have some excellent partnerships for media stream (netflix, hulu, etc...)
1) Rumored specs seem to be pretty pretty well accepted as accurate. I think the technical specs are probably going to be just that or slightly better and will be released in Sept-Oct,, just in time for holiday shoppers.
2) I think that controller pic is just a teaser. The whole release seems a bit fishy, and I think it was Sony's way of testing the water with hardcore gamers that actually read these rumors/leaks to see their opinions of it. They don't want a repeat of the Sixaxis failure. I bet that it's pretty close to that, but could certainly be slightly different and/or have additional features such as "trigger shaped" L2/R2 that EVERYONE complains about the controller. I can't imagine that Sony would not have heard people's cries about it. Make it slightly bigger/more room between sticks and make the L2/R2 triggers concave. Nobody seems to argue against these two issues, so if they have ANY team of researchers reading user's opinions- they MUST have done this. Or they didn't, in which case I am wrong.
3) Got to have 3d capable blu-ray drive, and although I do not know all the details on what is needed for 4k, I would certainly expect to see some form of 4k (or 2160 or whatever the "standard" is) capability.
4) I think the interface is likely to resemble that of a smartphone. You will be able to customize it and have your most used apps (or widgets or icons or whatever they want to call it) at front and center and be able to customize it to how you use the console. If you want a facebook app and messenger app on your main page, great. If you want a blu-ray player button and a netflix front and center, you can do that too.
5) It will use phones and tablets somehow. I think it will be optional features in most games like a weapons list, GPS, menu, touchpad interface, etc. But it could also use your phone/tablet as a remote control for the blu-ray player/netflix capabilities. I think it could also be used to give you "updates" about things in the game you play (if you choose to enable it). "Your friend, ZombieKilla69 just beat your score on level 8 in Tetris". Or it could be used to give you notifications while in game, like "SuzyQ57 just messaged you on facebook, do you want to pause the game and chat?" etc. I see it being used in creative ways, but I don't think they can allow it to be intrusive without permission. If I don't want to use my phone, I don't think I'll be forced to.
6) I also think you will see even more linking or games/apps/advertisements in different ways. They will build on the idea of getting achievements to give your character a new hat or shirt in PS home type of deal, only the PS home will be more integrated. You might launch into the home environment and walk to the movie theatre to start a blu ray or go to the Gamestop store with your character to download a game "thin advertisements". You will get a headstart in certain games for having played other games from that manufacturer. There will also be more connections between companies. "log-in with your netflix account and start with 50,000 points in game-x." or "Scan the barcode on your Monster Energy drink to get 20 free nitrous fill-ups". They won't be mandatory but they will be tempting and beneficial to some players. I also think you will start seeing more advertisements squeezed into different areas.. possibly with "upgrade to blah blah" to remove these ads! ... like many apps on your phone.. I could also see the console somehow able to track what discs you have played etc.. That may be how a possible PS3 Backwards compatibility will work- You put in your physical copy, and it will recognize that game. Once recognized, you can download that game online. It would be like right now being able to put in my PS2 disc on my PS3, the PS3 somehow recognizing that disc and giving me a code to redeem on it's playstation store to download the PS2 game onto my console for free. If this does somehow work, I would imagine that the disc would somehow need to be marked to know that copy has been downloaded already, or there may be an actual disc serial number built into each disc? I don't know. but I see it being possible. Another way to utilize a possible ability to keep track of discs used would be on titles such as batman.. You watched The new batman movie? Here's some DLC or bonus points for your batman game... Much like having saved game content on a memory stick being recognized by another game.. I think the possibilities here are good. Consumers are not forced to pay more money, but are rewarded enough to at least influence their purchases allowing Sony and companies advertising on Sony's console and games to profit off these purchases. Everyone wins. The possibilities are endless, but I would expect to see more integration between purchases and advertising to play a good size role if Sony and game manufacturers want to increase profits without being obtrusive.
7) I think you will start seeing the same games offered on disc and online, with the online version being cheaper. Eventually they will give you more free DLC, a bigger advantage to the start of the game (money/points/weapons/etc) and/or a big enough price difference to the point that users will be STRONGLY encouraged but not forced to download their games online instead of use a disc... This will undoubtedly lead into the next-next gen (PS5) being entirely online/streaming with no physical discs.. This console will bridge the gap and ease gamers into the digital world.
8) 1080p/60fps will be standard and anything less will soon be irrelevant.
9) It will attempt to play an even larger role in the living room, especially as a media center. There will be surprises tomorrow. One possibility would be If it can say use a, phone or tablet as a keyboard and the internet browser on the console is usable, you could theoretically replace the average user's PC/laptop. At home, you have the internet browser on the PS4, with the tablet/phone as a keyboard while on the go, you've got the phone or tablet to access internet/facebook etc... Gakai could also be used as a way to offer a remote desktop on your phone/tablet giving access to anything stored on your computer
10) could the phone/tablet be used to play minigames within larger games? Example:If your life interrupts your Red Dead gaming session, and you find yourself in a waiting room with only your phone, could you play some poker to win John Marshall some money for when you get back home? OR could you have limited access to parts of your EA sports games like Madden? If you are playing a campaign/manager mode, you could check into rosters and stat charts in your league while on the go, so you can make more informed decisions when you get back to the game. I think these integrations need to start small, being non-mandatory with less intrusive interactions.. allowing people to only benefit (at this point) from taking advantage of it. Slowly people will open up to it and some games will make these integrations more important to in-game success if they prove to be popular.
11) Expect more social interactions. (Hopefully just optional at this point!) Youtube, facebook, cross-chat, etc. Sony knows a lot of people want to utilize this stuff and people posting about their game in other aspects of their life is basically free advertising for Sony and their game manufacturers. Think of how many people post 15 minute or less videos on youtube with gameplay going on while they discuss their console wars and games... If more people have the ability to do this, not only will the "film-makers" be more apt to buy this console, but more poeple will see others playing this console while crusising youtube... that means free advertising. Old high school love posts a video of the fun she is having in GTA7? Might force someone to buy the game and discuss it with her... Kids/teens especially.. they want to interact with their friends without actually interacting with their friends. If a certain console makes it easier to do so, they will buy that console.. That is why MANY young gaming circles currently use X-box, crosschat. If a teenager can talk to any of their friends with cross-chat, check their facebook and twitter accounts and link their text messsages from their phone onto their tv screen, all while playing an online Need for Speed tournament..They will steal their parent's money to buy that console.
12) I think that there will certainly be an equal or greater number of quality "hardcore" games like Red Dead, Grand Theft Auto, Assassin's Creed, Unchartered and they will not abandon those high dollar paying customers... but I also think they will attempt to get a cut of the angry bird/words with friends customers too. They will try to link the phone and somehow get a cut from $0 to $10 games. It will be easier for developers to develop games and although they will not replace phones or Steam type devices, they certainly will try to get a chunk of the fun.
Sorry.. rambling again. But those are some of my thoughts, looking forward to tomorrow. If it's a Vita 2, I will be buying the Xbox 720. lol