trending / - - - - - - - - -

trending / playstation 4 - ni no kuni - halo - wii u - bungie interview - ces top picks - radeon hd 7850 - woods pga tour

Sony 2013 CES Coverage Part 1: The Tech

/ Jan 8th, 2013 No Comments

sony-2013ces

IMG_0632[1]Sony held their International CES 2013 press conference early Monday evening , the night before the official start of CES. As anticipated in Gaming Illustrated’s earlier CES preview article, the presentation did not offer much news directly related to gaming, but the presentation did have a good deal of content that will likely affect gaming in a more indirect fashion.

Multiplatform
President and CEO of Sony, Kazuo Hirai, emphasized that one of Sony’s current focuses lies in cross-product connectivity across all media platforms. The cross-save function of the Vita and PS3 is just one part of this initiative. Consumers should expect to see wider adoption of advanced Near Field Communication (NFC) wireless between Sony products provides. The largest arm of this push for increased interconnectivity comes in Sony’s One Touch system, which allows users to transfer media from one gadget to another seamlessly. One example given by Phil Molyneux, President and COO of Sony Electronics Inc. was of listening to music from a phone and transferring the music to one of Sony’s new portable, Bluetooth-enabled speakers with One Touch. Should someone call at this time, the owner will have an option to answer the call and end the music, turning the phone call into a conference call through the speaker. Once the call is done, the music will resume on its own.

The multimedia extravaganza really starts hitting home with the introduction of the Personal Content Station. Using ITB cloud technology and coming with one terabyte of storage space, the Personal Content Station is planned to act as a household-wide media device to the entire family, allowing them to keep their media in one place that is easy to find while also making sharing easier. The concept seems interesting, but not enough details are available to make any concrete deductions about the quality of the idea at this time.

4k TelevisionsIMG_0663
As expected, Sony wants to push the 4k HD televisions into the consumer market and is taking numerous steps along various fronts to do so. While prices are not yet available, the two new Bravia televisions introduced—55” and 65”—are explicitly described as being designed for the consumer market. The 56” prototype OLED television—the largest in the world—has no set price yet, but the description alone makes it sound out of the reach of the typical consumer.
Sony also has plans for the Total Home Entertainment System, a hefty project that will have a blu-ray player, 3D compatibility, wi-fi, internet connectivity, and an unprecedented variety of viewing options from Hulu and Netflix to Youtube. This project is described as having a voice search feature, in which the user can merely speak the name of the desired program, and the Total Home Entertainment System will seek it out across the treacherous wastes of the internet. To give the system something to watch, Sony will not only bring recent films filmed in 4k to consumers, but will also be remastering classic films such as Lawrence of Arabia. Of course, the usefulness of all these 4k peripherals is dependent upon the success of the 4k television, which is hard to predict without price data. Time will have to tell.

Relation to Gaming

Now, what does all of this have to do gaming? The company-wide push for extra wireless and cross-platform multimedia connectivity will almost certainly further affect the Vita, PS3, and eventual PS4. The similarity of the cross-play systems of the Vita and PS3 with the Wii U and the Wii U remote should help spur competition between the two. The Vita will probably only get more cross-platform functionality as time goes on.

The marketing angle on 4k televisions will likely affect the PS4 as well. If 4k catches on, the PS4 could quite easily end up being the first console designed exclusively for 4k content. Considering that Sony has a history of insisting on the most advanced technology in their consoles, even at the expense of profits, this course of events seems likely. The resolution upscaling feature of Sony’s 4k television brings up some interesting possibilities for possible backwards compatibility in the PS4 because it will allow players to get a new graphical experience out of the same game they already played. The upscaling should push current resolution media up to almost 4k-quality visuals.
Conclusions
As for the rest of the show, it did also include some brief discussions of cell phones and laptops, but Sony’s clear desires to market 4k televisions to average consumers and to increase cross-platform functionality were the heart of the presentation. This dual focus will almost certainly have an effect upon gamers as the industry fully transitions into a new console cycle.

Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith

A perpetual over-thinker, Ethan Smith spends all of his free time playing video games like an English professor reads books, writing a secret novel, and trying to actually finish a game of Medieval II: Total War.
Ethan Smith

Latest posts by Ethan Smith (see all)

tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Related Posts

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Octodad: Dadliest Catch Releases on PS4 Next Week

Apr 19th, 2014No Comments

ps4 outsells xbox one in march

PS4, Titanfall Top March Sales Charts

Apr 18th, 2014No Comments

PS4

PS4 1.70 Firmware Update to Introduce SHAREfactory

Apr 18th, 2014No Comments

The Last of Us

The Last of Us Final Season Pass DLC Detailed

Apr 17th, 2014No Comments

Top Articles

Life Goes On (PC) Review Apr 17th, 2014 at 8:00

Moebius: Empire Rising (PC) Review Apr 15th, 2014 at 9:00

Putty Squad (PS4) Review Apr 14th, 2014 at 10:00

RBI Baseball 14 (Xbox 360) Review Apr 11th, 2014 at 10:00

Infamous: Second Son (PS4) Review Apr 10th, 2014 at 9:00

Rayman Legends (PS4) Review Apr 8th, 2014 at 9:00

Goat Simulator (PC) Review Apr 7th, 2014 at 9:00

Inazuma Eleven (3DS) Review Apr 4th, 2014 at 9:00

Bravely Default (3DS) Review Apr 3rd, 2014 at 9:00

OFF (PC) Review Apr 2nd, 2014 at 9:00

Crawl (PC) Preview Apr 14th, 2014 at 9:00

Full Bore (PC) Preview: Going Hog Wild Mar 27th, 2014 at 10:00

Divinity: Original Sin (PC) Preview Mar 19th, 2014 at 8:00

Mercenary Kings Blasts Onto PS4 Next Month Mar 14th, 2014 at 7:00

Vertiginous Golf (PC) Early Access Preview Mar 13th, 2014 at 8:00

WildStar (PC) Beta Impressions Mar 12th, 2014 at 9:00

Yoshi’s New Island Hands-On Preview Mar 10th, 2014 at 8:00

Steam OS – My Beta Experience Mar 5th, 2014 at 8:00

A History of South Park Games Mar 3rd, 2014 at 6:00

WildStar (PC) Preview Feb 25th, 2014 at 9:00