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PS4 Announcement - Abridged Version

By: BatRastered Feb 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

If you don't have time to watch the whole 2 hour presentation, check out the 3 minute version and have some LOLs.

Your dollars are your vote in shaping the future of gaming. Will you keep the walls up or promote the end of first party games?

  Microsoft and Sony tell us the next generation is here! Now! Why doesn't it feel like it? Why are no industry experts telling us just how amazing console games will be for the next 7-10 years? As you've probably heard, these consoles are nothing more than PC components on a custom Micro ATX motherboard. The specs are on everyone else's website. Dorito it. As usual, there are some technologies that will give these consoles legs like: a true shared memory pool for the PS4, an ultra fast GPU cache for the Xbox One and GPGPU acceleration for physics and procedural AI algorithms across both platforms.  All of these technologies have been fleshed out for years and have not been able to get any traction on the PC.



  Barriers for these and many other technologies lies in the software realm. On the PC, they have to be supported by Microsoft in Windows or in the game engine, or both! How can you convince a company that has its own interest in Xbox to add technology to Windows, that will improve game performance on your PC, so you won't buy that Xbox?

  So let's assume that support for said tech was in the driver there has been a lot of resistance by game developers to spend a lot of time and money, adding optimization for something that will only help them sell copies on the PC build of their games. It is easier to design the game to the lowest performing platform rather than the higher performing one, meaning that PC games in particular have been at the mercy of the consoles. The PC version tends to be a direct port with higher texture quality and resolution support. Current generation consoles and PCs not being the same architecture held back the industry's growth. It has kept game developers from reaching out and pushing the envelope on PC hardware and reduced their likelihood to make a PC port at all, since the sales on the platform is just lower and porting across architectures is an ugly thing.Who's to blame them? There are so many more consoles than gaming PCs in the wild.  So where does this leave the consumer and the industry entering the next cycle?

  Everyone has the chance to have more games of better quality with the next gen and PC sharing hardware. All PC only game houses will be more likely to make big money selling on more platforms with a lot less work to port to console. Console only developers will be able to cross the streams and put their games on Steam and maximize their profits! With Steam, you don't have to worry about physical distribution expenses (duplication, console royalties, shelf space, price changes...)  Hardware optimizations that are not platform specific are also far more likely to be used by third party publishers since it impacts more consumers. In turn, Microsoft will be more likely to serve their customers request to adopt standards like HSA, in the kernel, because it would be impacting more of their users.

  This generation has much more, away from the hardware to consider. Xbox wanted to move closer to a walled garden, tougher DRM and add some digital only options. Sony is interested in offering gamer perks like spectating, streaming, digital distribution and indy games. And then there's the PC...

  Consider this, the WIntel box is so mature of a platform and Steam has been refining their game for many years now as well. Recently Gabe has been saying that they aim to reduce the bottlenecks that have kept Greenlight games from releasing more often and faster. Their Big Picture program has been encouraging developers to bring full controller support to their games because they intend to release Steam hardware as well. Now more than ever, your dollars will shape the direction of gaming in the future. Let's talk money.



  You can buy an Xbone with Kinect 2 for $499 and a PS4 for $399. I spec'd a PC with a more powerful 8 core CPU (the 1.6 Ghz CPUs in the next gen consoles are not available to consumers. The lowest available was 3.5 Ghz), otherwise on spec to the PS4's graphics and Xbox One's memory speed, for $730, after rebate and 2 free games from AMD. I know, that's a lot of dough... but there are a lot of things to consider:

I play fighting games. Our arcade joysticks start at $129. If you also have invested in current generation peripherals like headsets and additional controllers, you may want to consider the PC as well. All of your current gen stuff just works with the PC. If you choose a next gen console, it has been stated on both sides of the fence that no peripherals will work from last generation. The value equation is hidden from plain sight from the consumer. You will be bleeding money if you are a serious gamer.



  It is not an accident that Live for Windows is shutting down before Xbox One's launch. They are trying to make the PC less attractive and make you buy an Xbox for "The Ultimate Online Experience". This will leave Origin, UbiPlay amd Steam to fend for themselves for matchmaking with your friends list. This is a very strange position for Microsoft but it is reality. They are all in for Xbox as their premier gaming platform.  When you think about it, it looks more and more like Sony and Microsoft are doing all they can to keep everyone else paying them as much as they can. Gabe Newell of Steam, very much wants the Steam Box to break up with Windows, and go Linux/OpenGL, to stop having dependency on them. Sony is not as obvious about their anticompetitive agenda but be sure that they don't want anyone else to have their money. They are so quick to share the evildoings of M$ at every chance to keep that cash coming in as well. I'm not trying to suggest that Steam isn't partaking in thier own money grab, because they are, just that sometimes we need a fresh start on things. It's way overdue in gaming. Maybe Steam is or isn't that horse in this race...

  Peripherals and first party games are Sony and Microsoft's ways of making money and keeping you coming back. Is it worth it anymore? You can buy a way more powerful box that plays the same third party games, can run more background tasks with all that extra CPU and post to Gouki.com about the fall of the giants because you didn't give them your money! Strong words I know but I GoukiJones plays Halo and was a reason to keep buying Xbox. He says the franchise is dead. He says his game is ruined. I have not played a single first party game on Xbox and have only played Journey on PS3. Sony has always struggles with first party games and has leaned heavily on second party. First and second party games are dead in my opinion. Console exclusives are very expensive for Sony and M$ to lock down and there seems to be less and less of them as time passes. Gaming PC sales are on the rise while the rest of the PC industry sees more and more decline. Developers demanded that they have more of the cut and begged these industry giants to use PC hardware for multi platform porting because it's cheaper and easier for everyone to have return on investments. My current generation peripherals are great! I have no desire to replace my amazing stuff that I payed good money for, especially for no reason, besides to pay out for compatibility to next gen hardware!

  Capcom has come out of the closet and said that everything they are making is coming to PC. EA and Ubisoft have been ramping up their infrastructure into UbiPlay and Origin for a couple years now because they all had early insight to all of this happening. They have been getting their developers and tools ready for this too! You will gain access to more games than you will be losing access to by jumping over to PC. There's League of Legends, DoTA, WoW, FFXIV and that is just scratching the surface. Everyone else besides those that actually get paid by Sony and Microsoft know that they are all leaving money on the table by not making PC games and they are actually stifling growth of their industry by playing their game. Just some things to consider before you keep those preorders.

Got the entire show right here for your viewing (Fastforwarding) pleasure.

Thanks for watching. Please leave any comments about this PC below. 

 

There's still plenty of time to lock down an Playstation 4. Pre-order today. Check out these options. If you have another suggestion, please leave a comment.

Amazon

PlayStation 4: Standard Edition

Launch day PS4's are sold out. You can still order the standard edition. This just means you will get it 2-3 days after the release. There's also the chance that you may be upgraded to launch day status. No guarentees.

PlayStation 4 Killzone Launch Day Bundle

If you Killzone (which is a PS4 exclusive) you can pre-order this launch day bundle & also get a year of PS+ for $499. You save like $10. Maybe.

PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller

Don't forget about an extra controller. What about these next-gen controllers being $60, is that normal? Fuck!

inFAMOUS: Second Son (PlayStation 4)

Another exclusive PS4 game, but who knows when it's actually coming out. 2014 is the bet.

LOL. PS5 Jimmy!

GameStop

 You can get the COD PS4 for $460, but I can't confirm on when it ships.

BestBuy

Sony - PlayStation 4 Gaming System

Just the "regular edition" from BestBuy

Walmart

Just the regular edition here. 

Sony has released a instructional video on showing the consumer how easy it is to share a used game with a friend. Check it out!

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GoukiJones & FnJimmy describe what all of the hub bub is about in the Playstation booth. E3 2013.

IF I NEEDED to get 1 of these next-gen consoles it would be a PS4. Mostly because of the price. But there were no exclusive games I saw that had me really wanting a PS4. I'm not excited about either 1 of these systems. I'm more excited about building a PC just to play games & then downloading my entire collection again from steam for like $17.99 or some shit. Titanfall PC.

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Catalog update: PS4 release date revealed

By: BatRastered Aug 20, 2013 | 1 Comments

The Playstation 4 gets an official release date, which means Killzone does as well. PvZ Garden Warfare gets cover art.

The big news from gamescom is that the PS4 is shipping on November 15 in the US and 29th in Europe.

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Sony has finally revealed the console of the Playstation 4. Check it out!

Sony Playstation 4 looks like a futuristic PS2 and comes in a lot smaller than the Xbox One. There was also some really good news coming out of the Sony conference in relation to used games and always online rumors.

President and CEO of SCEA Jack Tretton said that the PlayStation 4 will not impose any new restrictions on the gamer. PS4 will allow used games and the ability to rent, trade in, or loan your disc based games to friends.

Also the PS4 will not require an online connection to play your single player games nor does it require a 24 hour internet check in. In fact it requires no internet check in at all.

So basically all of the nasty things that Microsoft is doing with the Xbox One is not happening on the Playstation 4.

The PS4 is also coming later this year at $399.

What do you think about the PS4 and the no DRM and no Always Online? Tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

Exclusive Gouki.com weekly podcast. #104. Talking about flipping PS4's.

Shout out to the stream viewers that night. It was a record number! 8. 

Thanks for watching. 

With the PlayStation 4 dropping today & us trying to unload 3 of them ... here's a look back on last weeks podcast as we discuss whether to BUY or SELL?

That fuckin' Jimmy!

So there's this site/app that will track major retailers stock. of Xbox One & PS4. Walmart, Target, ToysRUs, Newegg ... EVERYBODY! If you're going to be looking for the new Xbox One or Playstation 4, you gotta check out these links.

BuyVia has this sweet app right. Although I can't really test it until Friday for the PS4, you can check it out now & hopefully share some success. IF you'll be hunting down a new Playstation 4 this Friday.

PS4 Tracker

Xbox One Tracker

Download the app.

We'll all be watching closely this Friday. I failed my first attempt, so I hope this boards show the systems sold out everywhere. Then I can post my EBAY again for $5000! C'mon!

Thanks for reading. 

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Kontrol Freek Giving Away 4 PS4's on Launch Day

By: goukijones Feb 25, 2013 | 1 Comments

KontrolFreek Invites Gamers to “Score” a PS4™ KontrolFreek Sweepstakes Will Give Away 4 Brand-New PlayStation 4 Consoles

From Kontrol Freek:

KontrolFreek Invites Gamers to “Score” a PS4™

KontrolFreek Sweepstakes Will Give Away 4 Brand-New PlayStation 4 Consoles 

ATLANTA – Feb. 21 – Gamers around the world heard the Sony® PlayStation 4 announcement yesterday. Today, KontrolFreek, creators of the popular FPS Freek®, Speed Freek™ and other performance gaming gear, announced it is giving gamers a chance to win one of four Sony PlayStation 4 pre-orders.

In celebration of Sony’s next-generation gaming console, KontrolFreek is inviting gamers to “Score” a PS4. Popular YouTube gaming commentators and personalities, TmarTn, Ali-A, OpticMidnight and HipHopGamer will join KontrolFreek as promotional partners for the PS4 Score sweepstakes.

To enter, contestants only need to "Like" KontrolFreek on Facebook. Contestants can gain additional entries by recruiting their friends. The PS4 Score sweepstakes runs from Feb. 21 through March 5, 2013. 

“We are excited about Sony’s announcement and the opportunity to give our community of gaming enthusiasts a chance to win the new PS4,” said Ashish Mistry, CEO of KontrolFreek.

Enter PS4 Score Sweepstakes at http://sdqk.me/bYSDR9Rn.

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