Ok, I've never owned a Playstation and I've never really been a fan, but I was amazed with the Sony press conference and boy do I want a PS4! For those who did not watch (or have not watched) the conference in 1080p, go and watch all the game/tech videos right now. Make sure it's 1080p and not 720p. Anyone who is complaining about there not being a graphical step forward between this gen and the next have been mis-informed. It is significant and extremely exciting!
Killzone was a live gameplay demo and looked amazing! Deep Down (Capcom's working title) showed in-game footage that was astounding in places. The Quantic Dream demo was also unbelievable! And, I agree with David Cage. This generation will pull on our heart strings, as graphics and game engines enable characters to express and evoke real emotion. That's what storytelling is all about. That's what makes entertainment entertaining! It's super significant.
Furthermore, I have never seen anything on PC that compares to what I saw from Sony. It seems as though developers are already achieving more on the (closed-platform) PS4 then they are with the PC. It's mind-boggling, it really is.
I have never liked the DualShock controller, but the the new one looks bloody brilliant. In my mind, the touch pad feature is there for one reason, to allow smartphone gaming on the PS4. Sony will develop their own app Store, or mobile games will be playable via GaiKai. Regardless, if you enjoy gaming on your smartphone using the touchscreen, you can now do that on your PS4.
In truth, it was Sony's message that made me believe. Aside from the corporate looking presentation, their focus on games and the way we can interact with one another is exactly what you want to hear. I love the share button. Anyone who enjoys competitive multiplayer will want their best plays saved and then shared amongst the community. Who wouldn't? It's a big plus.
In terms of specs, I don't think the next Xbox will be more powerful. The leaked documents have been very accurate and they say the PS4 will be the beefier console. I'm an Xbox fanboy, but I think the PS4 has me won-over already. I don't see how Microsoft can offer anything better, and you can't trump Sony's promise to gamers.
Like Sony, Microsoft has to put games first and surprise us with a multitude of new and exclusive IPs. Cliffy B has left Epic, so the next-gen Gears of War is no longer guaranteed to be brilliant. That's a big worry for me …
As a last note, I think GTAV will follow the same cross-platform release as Bungie's Destiny and be released on the PS3 and PS4. The screenshots prove this!
Everyone should be excited, and nobody should be complaining. Gaming is moving forward, BIG TIME!