Whaaaaaaa???? I can just hand over my old disc copy of a groovy game I’ve loved playing so my buddy can enjoy playing it too, and maybe, if he likes it, he can go ahead and buy his own copy? What a crazy idea! Playstation, you guys are nuts!
In case you haven’t heard, “sharing” games with Microsoft’s upcoming XBox One will be a tad harder than it used to be. There was something about adding friends for 30 days, then once you “shared” the game you can’t get it back, or some idiotic thing like that. I was never a big fan of the XBox, and everything I’m hearing/reading about their new console pretty much justified it.
Playstation, uh, apparently doesn’t think sharing your games should be that hard. In fact, they even made a swanky little video showing you all the intricate steps that will be required to share games using their latest and greatest Playstation 4 console:
Geez, I hope I can remember all those steps! Remember, though, this is only for your DISC based games. So you still can’t just “share” games you bought online and downloaded.
The PS4 does have its problems, though, namely they are requiring you to have a PS Plus Subscription if you want to play online multiplayer, which currently goes for $50 a year. That sucks. Online multiplayer is basically where 80% of the gaming fun comes from. You can only play single-player campaigns for so long. Heck, I know people who don’t even bother with single-players!
The console itself will cost you $399 and it will be available December 31, 2013. Amazon.com, which is currently accepting pre-orders, has your full specs for the console.
The big sell:
- PlayStation 4 redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second-screen features.
- “Suspend mode” eliminates the load time on your saved game and allows you to immediately return to where you left off by pressing the power button.
- Background downloading and updating capability also allows you to immediately play digital titles as they download, or update the system when the hardware is powered off.
- PlayStation 4 lets you instantly share images and videos of your favorite gameplay moments on Facebook with a single press of the “share” button on the Dualshock 4 controller.
- Broadcast while you play in real-time through Ustream, allowing friends to comment or jump into your game in new ways.
- Games already announced for the PlayStation 4 include first party titles Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFamous Second Son, Driveclub and Knack as well as partner titles Destiny, Diablo III, Deep Down and Watch Dogs.