Sony Wises Opts Not To Let the PS4 Suck

Just Monday I explained, in no flattering terms, my biggest problems with the push towards a new generation of gaming console: the focus isn't on the gaming, and hasn't been for a while now. The PS3 has a dozen menus that I've never needed to go near, because the only commands I need are "Play Game" and "Shut System Down." Everything else is fashion or ego. Turns out, this might just be a Microsoft problem.

Happily, I can state that Sony took to heart each of my complaints, complaints I feel are common among gamers, and I am muchly pleased with their E3 announcements of the PS4 specs. Addressing my specific concerns, the PS4 will not require an internet connection (updates will presumably still be possible via USB stick). It will not authenticate games, and what is on the disc is what is on the disc. There will be no restrictions on used or rented games. Those seeking to play multiplayer games online will have to pay for a PlaystationPlus Account (existing accounts will carry over), but that's something that will never be an issue for me. There was no word on storage size, though one assumes it will be close to Microsoft's announced 500 GB (the top PS3 size is 320 GB, though a 500 GB Super Slim model was produced). And the price tag, $399, is a full $100 cheaper then Microsoft's Alienation Box. Both systems will be released in the late fall, to directly compete in the holiday market, and one assumes Sony will hand Microsoft it's own ass.

It appears my earlier complaints might have just been complaints against Microsoft. Because from this announcement, it seems to me that Sony is still interested in making a gaming system, rather then a Motherbox. The focus, despite agreements with Netflix and Gaikai, is on gaming. And they have created as close to a modern system that conforms to my ideal: plug the system into the wall, put the game in the system, play.

And I kind of dig that it looks like the PS2.

Via Uproxx and PC Magazine.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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