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M3: My Morning Musings - So Much PS4 News, So Little Time

Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will be able to play used games and the anti-used game block patent had nothing to do with the PS4 at all.

Yoshida also confirmed that you can play the PlayStation 4 offline but they are trying to add enough features and content that you will want to keep it online all the time. You won't be forced to connect to social networks if you don't want to.

Yoshida also spoke about The Last Guardian saying now was not the right time to show off the game. He had no comment when pressed to answer if it was now a PlayStation 4 title.

Finally, Yoshida said he would be "heart-broken" if all PlayStation 4 games don't use Remote Play at launch. It really appears that Sony may make this a requirement during the certification process of new PS4 titles.

Jack Tretton, head of Sony Computer Entertainment America also has talked about the upcoming Gaikai functionality of the PS4. He doesn't expect many of these features to be available for the launch but it will be there in the future for PS4. We aren't quite sure if this means we can expect streaming of older games within 6 months, a year, or more.

Tretton also let us know that games for the PlayStation 4 will run between ninety-nine cents and sixty dollars. While many big games won't be priced at under a dollar, this is good news to see that Sony is planning for all price-points and that new, disc based, game won't cost more than sixty dollars.

John Carmack, one of the outspoken critics of the PlayStation 3, is officially on board with the PS4. He said:
"I can't speak freely about PS4, but now that some specs have been made public, I can say that Sony made wise engineering choices."

Hioshi Kawano, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, had some interesting comments about the PS4 hardware:
"If I'm being honest, I also haven't seen its final design. Even the controller we showed today, I saw the final design around yesterday or so. I've seen numerous prototypes from when it was still codenamed 'Jedai', and I heard that an onboard touch pad was in the final specs."

Jack Tretton says: ."..the mass-production box was still in development in terms of final specs and design."

For those of you hoping to use your DualShock 3 controllers on your new PS4, get ready for disappointment. The only PS3 controller that is compatible with the PlayStation 4 is PlayStation Move.

An "unnamed senior Sony official" has said that "the PlayStation 4 unveiling this week at first caught Microsoft off-guard. We definitely ruffled some feathers."

Microsoft's PR mouthpiece Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, said this about Sony's event: "Well then. This meeting is running a little longer than expected." A few minutes later he said, "Announce a console without actually showing a console? That's one approach."

Microsoft is said to now first reveal the Xbox 720 at an event in April--after GDC.

Wait, you mean no more PS4 news? Now we move on to the upcoming Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics has revealed the PC requirements and some of them will look much better than the console versions.

General
• Full integration with Steamworks to offer cloud storage for saves, multiplayer matchmaking,
achievements, as well as automatic updates and new content.
• Support for Steam Big Picture Mode.
• Configurable mouse and keyboard support.
• Gamepad support.

High-end graphics
• Very high resolution textures with up to 16x the amount of data
• Detail Tessellation to enhance the detail on many surfaces in the game
• Higher quality shadows
• High quality bokeh depth of field with near-blur
• Tessellation algorithms used to smooth out geometry
• Improved cloth, SSAO, quality wetness effects, and post-filter effects.
• LOD quality is adjustable for better quality on higher-end machines.

Low-end graphics
• Crystal care about TR fans being able to run on older systems, unlike many other games they
still support Windows XP.
• A lot of scalability options to suit a range of machines.

The minimum system requirements on PC are as follows:

• Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,7,8 (32bit/64bit)
• DirectX 9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM:
AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT
nVidia 8600
• Dual core CPU:
AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 Ghz (4050+)
Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 Ghz (E6300)
• 1GB Memory (2GB on Vista)

Recommended system requirements for PC
• Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
• DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM:
AMD Radeon HD 4870
nVidia GTX 480
• Quad core CPU:
AMD Phenom II X2 565
Intel Core i5-750
• 4GB Memory

Look for Tomb Raider on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on March 5.

A sad day for fellow writers over at 1UP and Gamespy. After the sites, including IGN and AskMen, were sold to Ziff Davis and J2 Global, 1UP and Gamespy have been shut down, the staff let go, and several layoffs have also occurred at IGN and AskMen. An official from J2 Global and Ziff Davis say this about the recent news:
“We are focusing on our two flagship brands, IGN and AskMen. Unfortunately, as a result, we have made the decision to close sites and restructure our teams accordingly."

By Kaleb Rutherford - 02/22/13

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