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PlayStation 4: The Coolest Stuff You Probably Didnít Know

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  • PlayStation 4: The Coolest Stuff You Probably Didnít Know

    While there have been morsels of PlayStation 4 information doled out since the consoleís coming out party, Sony really hasnít had the chance to speak at length about the product since February. At least, not until today. Here in San Francisco, Sony Computer Entertainment America Senior Staff Engineer Chris Norton hosted a Game Developers Conference panel titled ďDeveloping for the PS4.Ē

    While a lot of the speech was heady technical stuff, there were some very interesting reveals. Here they are.

    1 Friend Limit Is Increasing

    Norton said at the beginning of the conference, ďCore gamers are our primary audience.Ē PS4 is going to serve that group by increasing the number of PlayStation Network friends from the current cap of 100 toÖ well, Norton didnít say. He just said itíll be increased.

    2 ďA Very Large Hard Drive in Every Console.Ē

    Again, Norton didnít offer specifics as to what the exact size of PS4 hard drives would be, but he stated there will be ďa very large hard drive in every console.Ē Food for thought.

    3 Buttons: They Are a Changiní

    Back on the PS3, the D-pad and the face buttons of the DualShock were analog Ė meaning that they could sense pressure and change input based on it. Norton said that developers didnít 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.

    4 The PS4 Charges Controllers When Itís Sleeping

    One of the biggest gripe about the PS3 is that when itís 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 itís sleeping, the PS4 will charge DualShock 4s.

    5 Headset in Every Box

    The PlayStation Network is a quiet place right now. Why? Well, the PS3 didnít 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.

    6 ďThe PS4 Eye Will Enhance the PS4 User Experience.Ē

    The PlayStation 4 Eye is well documented on IGN. Dual cameras, 1280x800 resolution, 12 bits/pixel, 60Hz, etc. However, itís also going to have a dedicated port on the console with an exclusive SCE connector. This means two things: 1) The camera wonít eat up a USB port on the console. 2) The camera probably wonít work with other devices. No. 2 is what I, Greg Miller, think; Norton didnít say that. However, Norton did list a bunch of potential uses: walkthrough videos, taunting in killcam, login, and speech recognition. Need more? Well, if youíre playing a split-screen game and switch places with your friend, the camera can read your controllers and flip the splitscreen so that youíre lined up better.

    7 Your Real (PSN) Names

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

    8 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? Thatís all on the console. The developers donít have to put anything special in their code. Itís all built to do it on its own.

    9 Remote Play Upgrades

    Remote Playís been around for a while, but itís never been fantastic. With the PS4 and Vita, PlayStationís 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 wonít be dead Ė theyíll 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.

    10 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.

    Source: IGN

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