Editorial: Sony Doesn’t Show PlayStation 4, But Does It Really Matter?

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By now, you’ve probably already read the technical specifications for the PlayStation 4 and heard about some games in production like InFamous: Second Son and Killzone 4, which look absolutely stunning. With new games for the PS4 come new ways for players to interact with their world, including a new controller, called the DualShock 4, which incorporates a touch bar. With the PlayStation 4 announcement nearing an end, it soon became apparent that we would not being seeing the PlayStation 4 in person, despite games like Killzone 4 running in real time on the hardware. This of course has some gamers annoyed and up in arms, but why?

We should first take into consideration that there are plenty of opportunities left for the PS4 before it launches in holiday 2013, indicating a November release. Those include PAX East, E3, and TGS. If Sony had laid all of their cards on the table, there wouldn’t be much content left other shows, outside of just games which is certainly what E3 will be all about. But even if there were no more major press events left and we’d only get to see the PS4 once it was nearing launch, the reality is that it doesn’t matter. What a system like the PS3 or PS4 is about is what it offers, be it hardware or software. Unlike the PlayStation Vita where aesthetics matter so much, the PS4 is all about the combination of powerful new hardware and interesting social software that you will experience via your television. The truth is that the design of the box does not matter.

In fact, it could be square, it could be round, it could be a big, white noisy box like the Xbox 360 and it doesn’t matter, as long as what it offers is compelling to consumers. While things like the controller design matter, a console design itself should never matter in the long run. Especially not 9 months before its launch. This isn’t to say that beautiful design isn’t appreciated and if Sony is known for one thing, it’s for bringing forward compelling hardware. Instead, take the announcement for what it was: a booster shot from Sony to the game industry and a shot across the bow of Microsoft.


Does it really matter to you that Sony didn’t show off the PS4?

  • I’m siked.

    “In fact, it could be square, it could be round, it could be a big, white noisy box like the Xbox 360″


  • :)

  • Massacred

    This was Sony’s best
    press conference in years. They focused on what the core gamers are looking for
    games! The new controller looks beautiful and added everything gamers wanted;
    headphone jack, improved grip, sticks, d-pad, and triggers. (Aside from the share
    and options buttons [seriously bring back start and select])

    In fact the only thing that most
    people I’ve talked to were disappointed in, was in regard’s to 3 games:


    Final Fantasy Versus XIII

    The Last Guardian

  • What matters is that you didn’t see the hardware run the stuff in real time… I’m not saying that Sony has a history of lying to us… fuck it… they’re a liars and I don’t trust a word that comes out of their mouth… pics or it didn’t happen as they so love to say on the interwebs

  • killzone was in real time moron

  • personally I was hoping, but not optimistic. Hardware reveal is probably the least important but also the most exciting for a new console, and so of course Sony is going to save something juicy for E3! I’m excited we saw some hardware, the motion bar and the controller,so I can wait a little longer for the casing :)

  • Killzone: Shadow Falls was playing in real time. As was as Knack which was being run on a PS4 to the PS Vita.

  • This is absolutely true. This was to give consumers and journalists an idea while allowing developers to come out of the dark. Only at E3 will we really learn what games the system has to offer.

  • Not surprised about Square. This is not the company that gave us all the gems on PS1 and PS2.

  • cueil

    yes… I know… real time running on a PC that had approximated the power of the PS4…

  • nope, it was on PS4

  • cueil

    no… it was on a PC running similarly powered AMD hardware… believe what you want, but this is known. It’s not a shot at sony since it’s not like they are NOT using nearly the exact same hardware

  • Yeah I know, but it was on PS4 for real

  • From what I’ve gathered, it’s a mixture of what you’re both saying. It was on the PS4 and PC at the same time. Meaning that at the time, the design of the unit was not finalized though internal specs were. Thus, it was running off of a box, think dev kit which in turn will eventually be what the internals of the PS4 will house. I shy from saying it ran off of a PC because a lot of times, devs will show a game running off of a 16 core machine with 24GB RAM etc. etc. and you finally get it on your say PS3 which only had 8 cores and 512MB RAM and are like wtf. Killzone: Shadow Fall for example will look exactly as you saw it.

  • Vera

    Damn, you’re so FUCKING DUMB!

  • What talking about your mom???