fredag 23 juli 2010

Kinect VS Playstation Move (or is it?)

There are a lot of articles, comments and blogs about the fight between Microsoft and Sony and their motion controllers Kinect and Playstation Move. But is it really a fight?

The controls themselves are so different from each other that I don't think you can compare them. The Kinect is controller free, and you play games without the need of grasping around some form of device. The Playstation Move is much like the Wii-controls, but as far as I understood a bit more precise.

I see great potential in both of them. They will, since they are so different, speak to different type of gamers (Hardcore, casual, onlinegamers etc). We cannot say that either one of them is the winner, due to the fact that they will (probably, judging by the lineup of games) appeal to different audiences.

The Kinect feels like a future way of controlling not only your Xbox, but also your computer and since Microsoft from the beginning is a computersoftware company, I wouldn't be suprised if their next Windows edition would fully support kinect. Although Kinect would have to evolve in to the next generation of itself for that I think. And in that next generation I believe that the kinect will be able to project keyboards etc onto desks or tables.

The Playstation Move is a bit more locked to consoles and tv. Although, as the Playstation tend to be more and more as a media center (aswell as the Xbox) where you can do all sorts of things, I wouldn't be surprised if the next playstation will have some drawing programs ready which you can use the move to paint. A digital platform for artist (Although there have devices for this for a long time such as Wacoms etc, I merely suggesting that this could be a move from Sonys side to increase what the Playstation franchise could be used for) As Sony is currently developing some interesting technology for 3D without glasses ( I expect the Move to be integrated even deeper in games than the first generation will be.

These are just a few thoughts of what I see in the two controllers. Please leave comments if you like!


måndag 19 juli 2010

What will the PS4 feature?

There are a lot of discussions on the internet about what the specifications will be for the PS4. And this is yet another one, hopefully :)

The Playstation 4:

Mediaformat - This will likely be an upgraded version of the Blu-ray format capable of handling discs with at least a 100 Gb and upwards from there.

- This will most likely be the more drastic improvement of the next generation. As it is now the PS3 features "only" a total of 512 MB of video-memory and I expect the next generation to feature at least 2Gb, most likely in the area of 4Gb. And the reason to why I believe this is among other things the following:
Sony recently filed a patent for a stereoscopic splitscreen technology, which basicly means that you will be able to play 2 or more players on the same tv without getting the ordinary screen cut in half for each player that joins in. For the next playstation to be able to do this (Which would be almost the same thing as running several copies of one game at once) the capacity of the graphicsunit needs to be drasticly improved. I do not believe that the PS3 is capable of doing this.

The Processing Capabilities
- This is most likely to end up with a tenfold increase in capability. Can't see how it wouldn't be improved any less than 3 times considering the above mentioning of stereoscopic splitscreen.

Resolution - This will most likely also increase to at least the double. Which would be 2160p. Although this is an extreme resolution, I can see why its necessary for supporting stereoscopic splitscreen.

Overall I do believe that everything in the PS4 will be more unified and therefor we will get much closer to "real-life" graphics rendered in real-time. I don't think we will get there with the next generation though, but we will come very close.

Please post your comments about the above! Fan-raging will not be allowed and these comments will be removed. Sony and Microsoft are both great companies and we should be happy that there is a "competition" so that we have hardware to choose between!