It’s official! Sony announced the PlayStation 4 at a press conference in New York and gave us a look at the future of console gaming.
Strangely, they didn’t show us an actual PS4 console but they did reveal some of its features.
The hardware specs are closer to what you find in a PC than a traditional games console. It has a custom built 8-core AMD x86, 8GB RAM, 2.2GB video memory, AMD Radeon GPU, 6xCAV BD and 8xCAV DVD. This thing will be able to run games that have exceptionally life-like detail.
These days, controllers are almost as important as the console itself. Sony acknowledged this by revealing the pad that will be key to PS4’s success.
The DualShock 4 controller is the successor to arguably the best pad ever created.
Sony has kept the looks similar to the previous controller, but there is now a touch-screen on the front (like the PS Vita has on its back). They’ve also included a multi-colour LED at the top, which displays a unique colour for each player.
The controller has improved motion detection and a ‘share’ button. The ‘share’ feature allows gamers to broadcast their progress to online friends or upload game clips to Facebook and Ustream. You’ll probably end up seeing lots of clips showing goals scored from the halfway line and various types of kill streaks!
Another major factor in a console’s success is obviously the games. Sony machines have never been short of third party support, so expect to see new versions of games like Fifa and Call of Duty. Infamous and Killzone have already been shown to the public.
Watch Dogs is another confirmed game. It is similar to Grand Theft Auto, but with a much deeper level of interaction with other characters. It is set in a futuristic world where you can get information about people using what looks like an iPhone!
Speaking of games, the PS4 will not support PS1 or PS2 discs. However, you will be able to stream the games over the internet. The specific details of this service have not been revealed, but it is likely to be a paid subscription.
Although no prices have been mentioned for the PS4, Sony confirmed it will be available from ‘holiday 2013’ which means around Christmas time.
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