Feb. 25, 2013 | 1:45 p.m.
It’s nearly been a week since Sony partly lifted the veil on its long-awaited PlayStation 4 with a lengthy demonstration of some of the hardware and games expected to land in stores by the end of the year. Now Sony has released even more details about the console and upcoming titles. Although no one but Sony knows what the PS4′s console actually will look like or how much the PS4 will sell for, several fan concerns have been addressed. The PS4 will not require an Internet connection to play games, a worry among fans who have observed the creeping ubiquity of digital rights management and online passes. In the same vein, the PS4 will not block used games. DRM is a blanket term for a variety of measures to limit the use of devices or content after the point of […]
Feb. 22, 2013 | 3:40 p.m.
CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK On Wednesday evening in New York, Sony threw one of the biggest magic shows of the year. “PlayStation wants to win the war against reality,” the company declared at the start of two-hour press conference to introduce its new video-game console, the PlayStation 4. Moments later, Andrew House, president and group chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., declared that the machine “represents a significant shift from thinking of PlayStation as merely a box or console to thinking of PlayStation as a leading authority on play.” That may very well prove to be the case when the PS4 is released this holiday season. For now, however, it remains an illusion. The period between the announcement of a new system and its launch is one that typically provides more questions than answers. As it was with Nintendo’s Wii U, the answers likely […]
Feb. 21, 2013 | 12:20 p.m.
The PS4 was unveiled last night — did you miss it? Don’t worry, we’ve got your recap. In an event that stretched on for hours, Sony showed off the Playstation 4 for the world to see, even if it didn’t show what the physical console itself looks like. Amid Sony’s hype, bold promises and the claims of the PS4’s inevitable superiority were a number of game demos, conceptual trailers and more from both first- and third-party publishers. Look below for every clip you may have missed, or wish to re-watch, from last night’s event. “Killzone: Shadow Fall” Sony’s premier first-person shooter, the fourth installment of “Killzone” follows in its predecessors’ footsteps, looking to be a continued spectacle of explosions, iron-sight gunplay and a seemingly never-ending stream of Helghast. “Watch_Dogs” Ubisoft’s new IP stole the show during last year’s E3 conference, […]
Feb. 21, 2013 | 10:26 a.m.
PS4 has been unveiled, and now it’s your turn to react. Sony showed the world its next-generation offering in a lengthy event that revealed the system’s hardware, controller, a few games and several long-term promises. Hero Complex laid out the details of the pitch, from their newfound focus on deep social integration to every PS4 game, their retreat from the PS3′s controversial cell processor and their swipe at Nintendo’s Wii U with the integration of “remote play” between the PS4 and PlayStation Vita. Sony was confident that its pitch of simple, flexible playing options and beefed-up graphics will carry the day come the PS4’s ambiguous “Holiday 2013” launch window, but what do you think? Tell us in the comments below after you take a look at reaction from some of the industry’s biggest names: 10 things you need to know about […]
Feb. 21, 2013 | 5:57 a.m.
PS4 is finally here. Sony delivered its next-generation console plans to the world Wednesday, debuting the PlayStation 4 during an event in New York City. Broadcast worldwide, with an admittedly shaky feed, Sony spoke about its new hardware, new games and new plans for the future. The event ultimately lasted about two hours, and there remains much to dissect. So let’s run through the biggest announcements, and absences, from Sony’s major conference. Release date: At the very end of the event, Sony revealed a vague launch window for the console — “Holiday 2013.” Whether that means October or December remains to be seen, but at least there’s confirmation that the PS4 will launch this year. Controllers: Remarkably similar to the leaked prototypes reported on by The Times last week, the new Dualshock 4 controllers have a touchscreen in the center, […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 2:26 p.m.
Sony is expected to release details of a new PlayStation 4, a long-awaited entry in its line of home consoles, today at 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EST. The news to be revealed — any release date, controller or games — is still up in the air, though that hasn’t stopped leaks and rumors as anticipation of the announcement has grown. Tune into the stream above for Sony’s live announcement. Among the speculation is that the system will launch by the end of the year, the controller will feature a touch-enabled screen, the initial price will be around $400, and it will feature extensive mobile integration. The questions are many. Will anticipated PS3 games such as “The Last Guardian” and “Final Fantasy Versus XIII,” long kept in the dark and speculated to have been shelved, reemerge as PS4 titles? […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 11:12 a.m.
It’s been seven years since the launch of Sony’s Playstation 3, the longest gap between console releases in the company’s history. But if speculation about their event Wednesday afternoon on the “Future of Playstation,” holds true, the wait for the next Playstation will soon be over. Hero Complex will be hosting a live stream of Sony’s hotly anticipated announcement, starting at 3 p.m. Pacific time (6 p.m. Eastern), so stay tuned for the reveal of whatever it is that Sony has up its sleeve. Look for Sony to build off of recent industry trends, including the integration of movement-recognition hardware, a la the Microsoft Kinect, an extension of Sony’s efforts to dethrone Xbox Live with its Playstation Plus offerings and of course, upgraded hardware. PHOTOS: A look back on the Playstation The event hints that Sony may have adjusted its […]