So, Sony's big PS4 blowout is finally finished, and I've got to say, I've never really felt more lukewarm toward a console release in my life. I don't know if I'm just losing interesting in gaming in general, or if it's the fact that if it's not a Nintendo announcement, then it's usually boring, but I just couldn't get into it. To me, the PS4 seems like literally nothing more than a more powerful PS3, which would usually be fine, but... Why would I want to get something that doesn't do anything new? If graphical power is the only thing to really look forward to, then I honestly couldn't care less. Hell, my favorite console of this past generation (and one of my favorites of all time) was the Wii, so that should tell you how much I really care about photorealism.
The main reason I'm not interested in the PS4 is because of how much the system is going to rely on having a high-speed Internet connection. I have a pretty good connection, but I don't exactly have unlimited bandwidth. Seeing as how ALL backwards compatibility is going to be streamed through the cloud, I've already put that on my list of PS4 features I would literally never use. The problem goes beyond bandwidth, too -- What about the people who can't even get decent Internet connections? Look at the comments in this story.
Bandwidth issues, living in countries that don't get good Internet connections, and simply wanting to own the games you purchase -- These are all the same things that I complain about when I hear about 90% of games on the PC. You simply CANNOT go back and play games from the past when something is done in this way, and most of the time, it prevents you from being able to play current games, too. In a sense, I'm almost happy this is seeing the light of day, because maybe people will get angry enough that these horrible restrictions will be done away with even on other platforms. On top of that, just like the DRM that digital content currently has, I'd be willing to bet actual money that these games will all be tied to one account.
Another thing that made me cringe (although, I suppose if it's all optional, then it's not necessarily bad) is how social network-oriented the PS4 is going to be. Hell, the controller even has a "Share" button.
I can safely say, without a doubt in my mind, that I don't give two shits whether or not my Facebook friends know what I'm playing every second of the day. Half the time I play my PS3, I'm not even logged into the PlayStation Network as it is. NO ONE CARES what you're playing during the wee hours of the morning. Seriously, no one does. I can't even imagine how many awesome features could have been added to the PS4 if this social networking bull wasn't the main focus of the system. Simple functionality is fine, but wow, Sony is going overboard a bit here. Amazon has even called the PS4 (on Facebook, of all places) the "first social gaming network with meaning." Funny, because I don't see any meaning here.
Anyway, that's my obligatory PS4 post. While the PS4 does indeed seem like the natural evolution of the PS3, I'm perfectly fine with what we already have, and I don't think even half the extras the PS4 will offer will be worth the price of admission. Not only that, but there are far too many restrictions in place here, and since we haven't actually SEEN the console yet, we don't know how much it'll even use physical media or if it'll be mostly digital, which wouldn't surprise me at all at this point. I guess we'll see what the future holds, but I know for a fact that I won't be picking the PS4 up for a long while.
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