Sony @ E3 Rapid Reaction

(ed.note: Here are viciouspjurahead’s unfiltered thoughts from watching last night’s Sony E3 keynote)

 Will Sony unveil the box? Will Uncharted 4 be announced? Will the new PS4 be able to a full kidney transplant.  All of these questions are now answered now that the Sony presentation is finished. here’s the good, the bad, and the super badass!!

-Gaming platform first. Good job.

-System wide sharing is positive. Being able to help a brother out in a jam.  Anyone wanna beat Final Fantasy 13-2 for me?

-Bit of a long delay here. Oh god. I missed it. Sad face. Oh ok, i didnt miss it. I was welcomed with the sounds of Ni No Kuni.

-During the opening video I thought I saw the actual console.

-Started off with the Vita. Seems like Sony is really pushing for the Vita to be a success.  I didnt know the amount of apps it has on it.  Makes it almost a mini iPad mini.

-Walking Dead: 400 Days announcement. Followed by a video of The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.

-GT6 looks just beautiful? Nothing else needed to say about it.

– Sleek design.  And looks relatively lightweight.

-Now we are getting a look at the games.  The Order seems like a game I can do without but the Killzone game looks absolutely amazing. And it’s a launch title so double bonus.

– I think it’s safe to say that the look of games will no longer be in questions. It will most certainly come down to gameplay and what you’re exactly looking for in a game.

-Did Xbox even show us any independent games?

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Prepare Your Ark: Playstation 4 News Deluge

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Since I’ve already worked like 60 hours this week and I don’t have the investigative legs to track everything down for you guys, I can (and have) provided all you late comers with a slew of links featuring the highlights from tonights festivities.  Which, if you live under a rock which is actually under a series of other rocks, was the grand unveiling (kind of) of the Playstation 4. lers and screenshots over the next few days, when I’m not bone-tired.

TECH

 First look at the Playstation 4’s new camera & controller along with some detailed specs

PS4 stays hidden, but tech specs are revealed

Second screen funcionality via iOS & Android

Unreal Engine 4 running on the Playstation 4 

No initial backwards compatability for PS1 ,2 or 3 games, but they will be streamable via the cloud

GAMES

inFamous: Second Son trailer

DriveClub trailer. What the hell is DriveClub?

Killzone 4 screenshots!

Knack 

The Witness from Jonathan Blow (Braid!),

Watch Dogs

Diablo 3

Destiny from Bungie

Deep Downthe codename for Capcom’s new IP

F’reals Playstation 4 Controller **Updated**

U-G-L-Y YOU AIN’T GOT NO ALIBI YOU UGLY.

From Kotaku and their sources:

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Kotaku says “An industry source familiar with the new system tells us the photo is the real deal. But bear in mind, it may not represent the final form of the controller. The touch-pad on the front of the controller is particularly interesting. According to the official Orbis documentation that was shared with us a few weeks ago, it will be a two-point multi-touch capable “pad” similar to the one on the back of the Vita. It can also be clicked for an additional input. Curiously, this prototype seems to not include a “Share” button, despite that button being described in the documentation.

I don’t know…looks pretty chunky & cheap to me.  But keep in mind that this is a prototype and isn’t the final form. Sigh….this is clearly a reality that I need to accept. Even if the PS4 launches this year, I’ll still probably wait to see how Microsoft & Sony’s next gen offerings shake out before I back either particular horse.  Can’t be running all wily-nilly (ed. note: or nimbly-bimbly) out to my local big box electr-o-mart to pick one of these guys up on launch day.

What I am particularly interested in seeing is how the games that are currently slated to be released this year deal with the imminent arrival of next gen systems.  Are any going to be delayed to that they can debut on the PS4/Xbox 720?  I seem to recall God of War 3 was ready to go for the PS2 but they held it back so it would make a bigger splash on the PS3. Whatever happens, February 20th should prove to be a very interesting day.

02/15/13 Update after the jump – Two new shots of the Playstation 4 controller

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Sony’s Latest Guessing Game

Sony just dropped this banner on all the major social networking sites. Here are my guesses as to what it could mean.

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1) Orbis, also knows as the PS4

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2) Finally putting the PSP to bed

3) Finally putting the PSVita to bed

4) Announcing a worthy sequel to Monster Madness: Grave Danger

5) A Star Wars: Force Unleashed/Shadows of the Damned crossover.

But it’s probably the Orbis announcement.

Sony to Broke Gamers: F*ck You

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday Sony Computer Entertainment of America filed a patent application describing a method for embedding RFID tags in game discs. The intent is to allow the next gen Playstation, codenamed Orbis, to prevent any given disc from functioning in more than one console. Like, ever.

If this super awesome customer loyalty program gets the green light, no more buying used games at Gamestop (whose shares took a nose dive today, thanks to this little nugget of information) or selling them back for a pittance of store credit. No more loaning games to friends or trading on internet swap-meets like swap.com. No sir, Sony wants alls the monies. You budget-minded consumers who can’t afford to buy every worthwhile title at full price can go play fucking Farmville. So what if a game is three years old and already has two sequels by the time you get around to trying it? Tough shit, kid. Sony hates you.

[via NeoGAF and Kotaku]

Robot Chicken Shills for Playstation All-Stars; I In Turn Shill For Both **UPDATED**

This doesn’t make me want a PS Vita any more, but it doesn’t make me want one any less, either. What it definitely does though, is not make me want to play Playstation All-Stars. I may be the only person who never really cared for Super Smash Bros. and that game actually has a deep roster of interesting characters and IP.  PAS isn’t even trying to hide the fact it’s a rip off; the shallow talent roster doesn’t help either. Anyone played it? What did you think?

 

** UPDATE 11/27/12 2:22PM –  Apparently NO ONE wants a PS Vita.  What a shame.