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Cool Stuff You Probably Didn’t Know About The PS4

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The PSN Friends Limits Is Increasing

Norton said at the beginning of the conference, “Core gamers are our primary audience.” PS4 is going to serve that group by increasing the number of PlayStation Network friends from the current cap of 100 to… well, Norton didn’t say. He just said it’ll be increased.

 

“A Very Large Hard Drive in Every Console.”

Again, Norton didn’t offer specifics as to what the exact size of PS4 hard drives would be, but he stated there will be “a very large hard drive in every console.” Food for thought.

 

Buttons: They Are a Changin’

Back on the PS3, the D-pad and the face buttons of the DualShock were analog – meaning that they could sense pressure and change input based on it. Norton said that developers didn’t use that option, however, and the DualShock 4 ditches analog and replaces them with digital buttons. The touchpad resolution on the controller is 1920x900, and the L2/R2 buttons are curved to help avoid accidental Netflix fast forwarding.

 

The PS4 Charges Controllers When It’s Sleeping (Finally!)

One of the biggest gripe about the PS3 is that when it’s in sleep mode, its USB ports are off. This means that you have to have the console on to charge controllers. With PS4, that will no longer be a problem. When it’s sleeping, the PS4 will charge DualShock 4s.

 

Headset in Every Box (Ooohhhh Yeah)

The PlayStation Network is a quiet place right now. Why? Well, the PS3 didn’t bundle a mic with the console, so lots of players never grabbed one. The PS4 will put a headset in every box so that communication is easy.

 

“The PS4 Eye Will Enhance the PS4 User Experience.”

The PlayStation 4 Eye is well documented on IGN. Dual cameras, 1280x800 resolution, 12 bits/pixel, 60Hz, etc. However, it’s also going to have a dedicated port on the console with an exclusive SCE connector. This means two things: 1) The camera won’t eat up a USB port on the console. 2) The camera probably won’t work with other devices. No. 2 is what I, Greg Miller, think; Norton didn’t say that. However, Norton did list a bunch of potential uses: walkthrough videos, taunting in killcam, login, and speech recognition. Need more? Well, if you’re playing a split-screen game and switch places with your friend, the camera can read your controllers and flip the splitscreen so that you’re lined up better.

 

Your Real (PSN) Names

At the February debut, Sony showed the PlayStation 4 dialing into your social networksand then using your real name on the console. This, as predicted, is something you’ll need to enable. If enabled, when you import your friends from social networks, you’ll use your real name. You can decide which of your PlayStation only friends see your real name, too. If any.

 

Recording Is Mandatory

Norton spent a portion of his presentation making sure developers knew the PlayStation 4 does a lot of heavy lifting. Recording footage? Sharing content? That’s all on the console. The developers don’t have to put anything special in their code. It’s all built to do it on its own.

 

Remote Play Upgrades

Remote Play’s been around for a while, but it’s never been fantastic. With the PS4 and Vita, PlayStation’s looking to change that. When you connect via a local network or the Internet, the screens will be mirrored. That means unlike the PS3/Vita, one screen won’t be dead – they’ll both be showing the game. Plus, rather than have to enter into a separate mode, you can start Remote Play at any time on the PS4.

 

Colors > Numbers

The light bars on the DualShock 4 are going to identify players. We knew that. What you might not have known however, is that the color/player relationship is always the same. Player 1 will always be blue, Player 2 red, Player 3 green, and Player 4 pink. Plus, that light bar can be used to display muzzle flashes from your gun, health and so on.

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Im Hyped for the PS4 ... i liked what ive been reading so far aswell ... 

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i don't understand the thing about the buttons changing...yes many developers used the sensitivity of the analog buttons and theres many games that use this...digital buttons??  don't care for that idea myself but thats just the way the ball rolls i recon..

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“A Very Large Hard Drive in Every Console.”

Again, Norton didn’t offer specifics as to what the exact size of PS4 hard drives would be, but he stated there will be “a very large hard drive in every console.” Food for thought.

 

A large HDD means nothing. What we as consumer should be caring about is: will the PS4, like the PS3, use laptop HDDs & allow us access to the HDD bay.

 

 

Headset in Every Box (Ooohhhh Yeah)

The PlayStation Network is a quiet place right now. Why? Well, the PS3 didn’t bundle a mic with the console, so lots of players never grabbed one. The PS4 will put a headset in every box so that communication is easy.

 

I hope these are good headsets. From my experience the PSN is not  quiet place but one packed with people broadcasting subway noises. What we need is for people to understand the importance of clear voice chat.

 

 

Recording Is Mandatory

Norton spent a portion of his presentation making sure developers knew the PlayStation 4 does a lot of heavy lifting. Recording footage? Sharing content? That’s all on the console. The developers don’t have to put anything special in their code. It’s all built to do it on its own.

 

Recording is mandatory? I will be accusing all of you of peeping toms. Then again, who wouldn't like to see me Smiley Very Happy

 


 

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Not sure about YOUR PS3 but MY PS3 charges the controllers whether they are on or off.
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Not sure about YOUR PS3 but MY PS3 charges the controllers whether they are on or off.

But not when the PS3 itself is on standby. This is what will change with the PS4. Even when the PS4 is on standby the USB ports will still be live.

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Not sure about YOUR PS3 but MY PS3 charges the controllers whether they are on or off.

I think he means that the PS3 will not charge the controllers if the PS3 is off, so you have to leave it on. I know before I bought the controller charges I had to leave my PS3 on to charge my controllers.

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Oh OK I see so while the PS4 goes to sleep the controllers will charge and the PS3 doesn't charge the controllers while on stand by. OK got confused and forgot about the sleeping feature on the PS4. Totally my bad guys lol Smiley Tongue
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Muzzle flashes on the controller light?  That sounds more like a distraction.  If developers are going to make use of the controller light, make it something that is useful to the player.  Also, I don't see how colors are better than numbers, when referencing which player is which.  It's not like there's a universally accepted color scheme for numbers.  When you're looking for a number, nothing gives you that information better than a number; certainly not a color.

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