The Reset Button 2/25/2013 - Rest Button
This week's Reset Button is dedicated to what went down at Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement. Firstly, though, I'd like to talk to you all about the side effects of sleep deprivation.
See, when you get tired through stress and bodily fatigue, you tend to not focus on the task at-hand. You slip up on assignments, your head's in the clouds, and you tend to misspell a lot of your words.
No one's perfect, but there's a difference between hitting reset and hitting rest. How would one even hit a "rest" button anyway? Is that like the snooze button? Because I'd like to hit snooze on all of Tuesday, but I have night classes unfortunately.
Communication Law is important, but when you've already had two or three other classes about libel and slander, you tend to zone out in a blend class for criminal justice and broadcasting majors. In fact, almost all broadcasting students are on either their laptops or smartphones.
Yes, we are that bored with another libel understandings class. I play games on my phone, but I don't dare sleep in that class at all. So, when I'm done with this and it's all typed up, I'm immediately hitting the bed face first. Actually, by the time you're reading this, it'll be 9 a.m. CST and I'll be pumping gas into my car that I forgot to do prior to the weekend because I'm an idiot.
But enough about my stupidity, because there's an entire encyclopedia that's well documented on that already. For now, let's hit reset!
PlayStation 4 press conference fallout
Well, that's the only real big news that's coming out of this week, and with a two hour press conference that went on longer than any standard major motion picture, there's a lot to dwell upon from this kind of news.
So, with that said, here's what really caught the brunt of my attention.
Diablo III coming to PlayStation 4
I bought Diablo III when it first launched. I have yet to play it, even though I really want to. Why? My PC is incapable of running it because the graphics card integrated into the motherboard is outdated.
Thankfully, I recently bought a larger PC case so I can put in some cards to upgrade a small, dinky eMachines PC that was $200 at Walmart. Hey, don't look at me like that. I was a poor college student (and still am) and needed a PC!
Or, I could by a PS4 and get Diablo III and use a controller for an RTS game. Sure, Diablo III isn't StarCraft 64 or a point-and-click game on a console, but I believe I'd have a hard time playing an RTS on a console, any console, no matter how powerful.
Then again, I remember playing a little bit of Halo Wars and Tom Clancy's EndWar, but EndWar used some vocal controls to help the user, so I think I might be preemptively writing off Diablo III on the PS4 quite unfairly.
However, with the experiences I've had with RTS games on consoles, I might just give it one, final shot before I completely disregard it for all of eternity. Make it work, Sony!
PS4 to not have backwards compatibility
Wouldn't it make sense to be able to play your PS3 games on a brand new PS4? Huh? Wouldn't everyone like to have that?
No? Well, you're in luck! Because backwards compatibility will not be a feature for the PS4, but there will be games available in the cloud service for the console.
Still, I think that it's a terrible idea to not include backwards compatibility on your next-gen console, even when it's a Blu-Ray player, and you competitor included backwards compatibility for their eighth-generation console.
I'm a big proponent of cloud gaming, and I'm sure Sony will handle that situation very well, but then again it seems that their systems can be easily hacked at any given moment, so using the cloud right away might be a risky move. That's not to say you should never use a cloud service, but be wary on the risks you might be putting your save files and other data in if it's always touted as an open service.
It's a big red flag, but worth using the service if you're constantly on the move from system to system.
Huh? What's that? Old data and PS3 data isn't available on the cloud service? Well then...that's a big hit to the PS4 right away, isn't it?
DualShock controller not compatible with PS4, new controller unveiled
Normally, we've seen Sony take a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to their controller design. Technically, they're still doing that, but a touch pad replaces the start and select buttons.
On one hand, it's a good thing to get rid of the select button, which almost did nothing in any game ever. On another hand, getting rid of the start button, which either brought up a menu or pause screen, is almost a criminal sin towards gaming.
I think it's definitely a step in the innovative direction, but it almost seems like a similar situation to if the Chicago Cubs move to another stadium not called Wrigley Field. You just don't do it.
While I will miss the old DualShock design, I'm confident that the muddle touchpad will try to rival the Wii U's GamePad. Like everything else in this industry, only time can really tell who succeeds and who fails.
Headset, camera to be bundled with PS4
Even though the PS3 had separately sold microphones, it seemed like no one either knew they existed or no one cared to buy them at all.
Why they never bundled a microphone with their system like Microsoft did will always elude my train of thought, as well as comprehension. It would only make sense to try and have a sense of community and a form of communication, other than text, for an online session of any kind. Why?
Well, hopefully the PS4 bundling a microphone headset and a new camera to possibly rival the Kinect will make up for the lost ground they didn't get during the seventh-generation. They could have been more competitive with, not only a lower price at launch, but a bundled headset to boot as well. Wouldn't that have been awesome?
The camera for the PS4? Eh, I dunno about that just yet. It could be a cool feature to use, but I thought the same thing with Kinect as well, so I need to take my own advice and look before I leap.
Hardly any games announced for PS4
Outside of Diablo III and Watch_Dogs, where are all of the games? Anyone?
Sure, there's some in-company Gran Turismo rip-off racer and Destiny, what else is there? I feel as if I'm too demanding to know the launch line-up right away, but isn't that one of the reasons why you're holding an announcement press conference to begin with? To reveal your system and it's launch stuff?
Also, where was the console? Even a prototype would have done the trick for me, as well as I'm sure some of you. Sure, we can wait until E3, but I've been teased long enough.
It's time to unveil all of what you got. No punches pulled, but they did. They're waiting to show all their stuff at E3, and I hate it. I can't blame them, but I hate it.
One. Hundred. Percent. Hate it.