2. So, before we start, a reminder: This came out 19 years ago.
3. This came out 13 years ago.
4. And this came out 7 years ago.
5. So, we don’t get to SEE the console yet.
6. BUT this is what the controller looks like:
It’s got a touch screen, motion sensors, and a built-in Kinect/Wii-style sensor bar camera. But it’s a lot like the current SixAxis controller you get with a PS3, at least in terms of shape.
8. On the inside, it’s basically a PC:
That means it’s got an x86 processor, not a “Cell” processor like the last console. And it’s got a PC-derived graphics card. This means, among other things, that the console will not play PS3 games natively.
10. Anyway, this is what it looks like when you turn it on:
The homescreen is totally different from the PS3.
12. Digitally purchased games are playable as soon as you start downloading them:
More importantly, Sony *claims* to have fixed one of the PS3’s biggest problems: the seemingly endless updates needed to play games or even start the system. Those, Sony says, now happen in the background.
13. There’s also real-time screen sharing:
You can record your game session for sharing or watch others play in real time.
14. There are some pretty cool games coming out for it:
15. “Killzone: Shadow Fall”
20. And it’s coming out for the 2013 holiday season.
So what do we think? Well, the games look great, as they should, being as it’s been almost a decade since a new Sony console was announced. And the instant-playing and instant-sharing features seem pretty forward thinking. Of course, as with every console, it’s the games that count. The lineup of games and developers that Sony trotted out tonight was a good start, especially their partnerships with Blizzard, Bungie, and Jonathan Blow.
Sony didn’t announce a price or show what the system itself looks like, so stay tuned to FWD for those — somewhat — important details.