Digital Foundry gave us a good look at what is inside PS4, and by all standards, it seems as if Sony is building a beastly machine, while Microsoft’s latest console, even though powerful, won’t be as manly as PS4, and will focus more on OS offerings than pure gaming prowess. The next-gen hype train has been turned on.
Not only is Sony beefing up its next system to outer-world standards, the firm is also ditching the longstanding DualShock controller, with rumors making the rounds claiming the latest will feature a front-facing LCD touchscreen and even biometrics on the grips.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is opting to include a more robust operating system (OS), saving 3GB of RAM for that alone. Many have questioned such a move, but people with knowledge of such says it’s because MS is hoping to make the next Xbox much more than just about games, so expect a lot more ads on your dashboard and even while playing. Expect Smartglass, a lot of apps and the like. Remember, Microsoft has stated over and over again that Xbox is no longer a gaming machine, rather a multi-media device it uses to get into your living room, offering up a wide variety of content to consume.
But it doesn’t matter which console you’ll be choosing (well, it does matter), because next-generation will be one epic ride. I spoke of this at the start of the new year, when I predicted that 2013 would be the biggest year for the games industry. See my detailed opinion piece here.
The only question that remains is, are you ready?
This weekend I actually don’t have much to do! Thank God! So I’ll get some gaming on (currently playing LittleBigPlanet 2 with my wife, fighting for points), and I’ll also try to get back into God of War: Ascension’s multiplayer to see if there’s something I’m missing. I didn’t like the thing. It felt like chaos.
I’ll also be prepping for a video shoot of sorts (we’ll talk about that later), but that’s not even related to gaming. Anyway, yeah, that’s my weekend. I’m sure yours are more interesting.
What are you good Games Thirst people up to this weekend? Do share! And have a blast!