Sony Teases PlayStation 4 Console Reveal Ahead of Microsoft's Xbox Announcement

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Does it require an always-on Internet connection to play games?

Does it require a monthly fee to play games?

The hardware that answers, "No!" to both questions wins.

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Jox

Great. Now I have epilepsy.

-Jox

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Glycerin

See the problem with these new consoles coming out is that I already own a PS3, three 360's (you know, in case one breaks, because they're SO reliable) and a nice gaming PC.. so I won't be getting either of them. If I'm dropping ~$500 for new hardware, it's gonna be for my PC.

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John Pombrio

I basically feel cheated about my PS3. My sons would not touch the games after trying them a couple of times even tho I bought some of the best rated. I found that Blu-Ray was over-hyped and only bought a couple (library had/has a LOT of them to try). The on line wandering around space interface was a joke. I did not seriously try to hook it into the my home network so streaming was out. Netflix streaming on the 360 works so damn well that the PS3 was not used for that either. The PS3 just SAT there. I finally gave it away as a door prize, heh.
I am not going to fall for the PS4 hype this time. If it is a LOT better than anything else out there, maybe, but SONY has their work cut out for them with me.
SONY is probably going to be selling off their entertainment division so that is another minus in my book...

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vrmlbasic

I'm a bit confused as to what your position on blu-ray is. Do you not like it regarding games? Do you not like it regarding video quality?

The post suggests the latter, but since your other posts chronicle your pursuit of hardware perfection I can't believe that; can a man who has had 2560*1440 resolution (at least) monitors for years really be satisfied with non-HD video?

I'm also bewildered as to why you even got a console in the first place, with your vast array of gaming PCs you've crafted for your progeny I would have thought (and rightly so) that console gaming for you & your kin would be a step backwards. Scratch that, a colossal leap backwards.

BTW, what else would the PS3 do besides sit there? I know Sony promised that it would do everything and then some, but I've yet to see mine stand up and walk around lol.

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John Pombrio

Hmmm... Blu-Ray for movies. Geez, who didn't get a blu-ray player at some point?
The consoles were for my sons, and they have never, EVER asked for a particular computer or console game. I wish they would! They are just not "consumers". I buy them games for presents (or for the hel'of'it) I hope they will like. The 360 games are all wore out and the PS3 games were lucky to get unwrapped. Controller maybe? Who knows, but they never even noticed when one day I put the PS3 down into the basement.
I donno what a "vast" number of computers are, but I have 3 Ivy Bridge machines for my 2 sons and I (the only mass upgrade I have ever done), my relatives were given 2 Sandy Bridge machines, my friend 1 SB, and the rest are older machines going all the way down to a Pentium 2 for my sister that she uses for solitaire. Is that vast?
As for my "perfection" PCs, far from it. No water cooling, no SLI, no fancy cases, and an older SSD drive. No way is this a perfect system (but pretty much every part has been in the MPC best of the best list at one point or 'tother). You can get 27" monitors these days for $250 (Tho I have to admit that the Dell U2711 is a fantastic monitor which is why I bought 3).
I have a 30 year old 1500 square foot house, a 10 year old minivan, and a very nice computer setup. Depends what you want to spend your money on.

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Pyrophorics05

Why exactly did you buy the system in the first place?

You could have googled the available blu-ray movies at release and found that the tech was new, just like HDDVD, and therefore not all dvds had been ported yet.

You didn't want to connect it to the internet because you already had a system that functioned perfectly fine in that role.

Blu-ray has almost replaced DVD's at this point, with players being extremely affordable. The format beat out HDDVD as the dominant next gen format. It lives up to its factual claims of being a large storage upgrade to dvds and being much more scratch resistant, plus movies have been rolling out hand over fist.

A "best rated" game isn't an assurance that your kids will like the games. Did they even ask for the system or pick out their own games? Considering that, aside from exclusives, the two system have a very similar lineup, it's hard to believe your sons couldn't have found something they would have liked.

To me, it sounds like you chose to buy a system you did not need and then gave it no chance by dismissing nearly every function.

Having both a 360 and PS3, I can honestly say the two consoles are virtually the same aside for a few exclusives and the PS3 having a superior media format.

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Keith E. Whisman

I have to admit that I rarely use my bluray player either, it just sits there in the entertainment center next to my glorious shiny 60" 1080P LED/LCD/ACB/123/456 flat screen super dooper everything LG TV. (there I made fun of tv hype)
I mostly use netflix, hulu plus, crackle, youtube and whatever ahem, distros I download and convert to play on the TV. (Change the word distros to any video format that is currently available on pirate bay)

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MaximumMike

double post

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wolfing

I believe Microsoft already confirmed that the new Xbox in itself won't require an always-on connection (but the option is open to game developers if they want to require it or not)

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Keith E. Whisman

And I just bought an Xbox 360, awe damn. It seems pretty cool, much better than my last console, the atari 2600 and then Pong before that. Oh well. One complaint I have with Xbox 360 is how crappy MS Windows Media Center is with Xbox 360. I keep all of my music and movies on a 3Tb USB3 external hard drive connected to my upstairs laptop and access it via WIFI downstairs in the living room. I have the Best of the Best Asus Wifi router and everything is still just as slow as the basic Actiontec wifi router/40MBPS down 5MBPS up DSL modem. Every time I access my library over the network I have to tell the WMC on Xbox where my music and movies are. It truly sucks and seems to be poorly implemented as if MS wants people to only watch movies from their rental service. I hope that the Xbox 720 fixes these issues and makes things more seamless and support 3TB NTFS formatted USB3 external drives and multiple movie and music formats because I find myself playing fewer games and mainly just using it for entertainment, kids love the games and I love HULU, Netflix, Youtube and my personal libraries. Please do a full indepth review and tell us if it is a better media entertainment center than the PC.

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igoka

You know i had almost the same problem. The solution was to wire it down . Even microsoft admitted that extender requires a lot of bandwidth and powerful pc. I had my media library on my server and extender connects to htpc and everything is smooth . There was only one small problem , extender could not find server's share so i had to manually type location and credentials , after that everything is good . Hope it will help you if you read this.

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Keith E. Whisman

I have to manually do it every time I launch WMC in XBOX 360. I tried connecting my external 3TB drive to my Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Wi-Fi router and it only loaded a few movies and songs that were on my HDD. I have almost 70,000 songs managed by Itunes (I love me Iphone 5) and nearly 400 movies and it just couldn't address my library. And I love how MCE works, it supports extensions that the XBOX 360 built in apps can't and smoother at that. It is awesome to have the library that I have all one hard drive.
I truly hope that XBOX 720 supports my external drive and supports more media extensions such as MKV.

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jbitzer

Xbox only sees a few different formats and the max is a 4gb file size, so if your movies are over that, you're screwed.

What I suggest is download mymovies from mymovies.dk, it will organize and transcode all your movies to the Media Center.

You can point the HDD to one of your media libraries on the host machine and then add the library to the media center application in settings/add folders.

Most likely your movies not showing up are a result of size and format disparities. The songs have to be in the media center or media player library to show up. It's not an automatic discovery thing like itunes sadly, but it does have the ability to monitor folders, so there's that.

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momarkey

This probably won't happen, just want everyone's thoughts on it.

But what if a new system was built like a laptop.

With a fold able monitor built in just like a laptop.

You would have the option to connect to your tv or on the road just plug in a power source and play it!

Partner up with a monitor supplier like samsung or something.

Prob never happen because it might eat into handheld profits but it would be cool.

The front would have the disk drive and usb ports to attach accessories.

Just a thought.

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Glycerin

It probably wouldn't work out, because it would cost more. Consoles don't need a built in screen.

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MaximumMike

Well... there are these devices called laptops, and they have screens that fold up just like laptops, and they can be lugged around for high-performance gaming wherever you like. They can output their video to an HDTV if you like, and also have external power supplies. They also support a plethora of console-style controls via the usb port. Other than being branded an Xbox or Playstation and having the inferior hardware that comes with those brands, I think those are pretty much what you're talking about.

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