Sony Announces the PS4

More than six years since the launch of the PlayStation 3, Sony has finally announced their next generation video game console in a two hour press conference in New York City.

Here’s a brief recap of everything notable from the announcement event:

- The official name for Sony’s next home entertainment system is officially the PlayStation 4, not Orbis, as rumors have suggested

- The console’s specs include an 8-core 64-bit x86 “Jaguar” CPU built by AMD, with a Radeon GPU, as well as 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. Guess the spec leaks a couple of months back were true after all

- Other specs listed for the PlayStation 4 also includes a Blu-ray drive, 802.11n WiFi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI output, and a “massive” hard drive

 

- The new DualShock 4 controller will contain new features, such as a front touchpad, a built-in light ala the PlayStation Move controllers, an integrated share button, as well as a headphone jack

- The PS4 Eye is the successor to the PlayStation Eye and features stereo 1280 x 800 cameras, four microphones and an 85-degree field of view

- There will be some synergy between the PS4 and PS Vita through Remote Play, which will allow PS4 games to be played directly on the PS Vita

-Something about Gaikai and the PlayStation Cloud service for fast video and gameplay streaming features

- A lot of highly detailed next-gen demos were shown, all in real-time

- Sony teased a list of game developing studios who will be supporting  the PlayStation 4, which is to say pretty much every major game studios to date.

- Some of the games announced during the conference consists of Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son, Deep Down, and Watch Dog. More titles will be unveiled during this year’s E3 conference, most notably a Final Fantasy game from Square Enix. 

-  Blizzard Entertainment will be optimizing Diablo 3 for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. That’s something, I guess

- Bungie, the original creators of the Halo franchise, will also be supporting the PlayStation 4 with their latest project, Destiny

- Contrary to what rumors suggest, you will be able to play your used games on the PS4

- However, the PlayStation 4 will not be backwards- compatible with PS3 games natively

- Sony says that the world can expect the PlayStation 3 to be launched during this year’s holiday season.



I must say, after all the anticipation and hype, I do feel a bit let down by the lack of hardware unveil on Sony’s part. Guess they are saving all of that for this year’s E3 event.

Via The Verge

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