February 20, 2013- Sony held a more than two-hour stage presentation at New York, revealing their next flagship console, the PlayStation 4: its specs, features, new controller, upcoming games, etc., but not the console, much to our sadness. Rumor is that they’re saving it for this year’s E3 event. Don’t want to reveal all their cards in one go, do they? Anyway, this is just a post where I put in all I’ve researched this morning about the event, and my few cents about the upcoming Sony console.
The Specs: “Similar to PC architecture, the PlayStation 4 will run on a high-end X86-based CPU, with a “highly-enhanced” PC GPU, and 8GB unified GDDR5 RAM, with 176GBps bandwidth. The system will have a powerful 8-core APU, and the CPU and GPU will reside on the same die to enhance performance. In addition to the BluRay drive, the system will use a hard drive to provide ample storage capacity.” -technabob.com
Quantic Dream’s technology running on preliminary PS4 hardware (Photo c/o technabob.com)
The Features: As of now, they showcased that you can suspend and immediately resume games via utilizing its humongous 8GB RAM, it has a specialized background processing chip for uploads/downloads so you can play games right away WHILE they are being downloaded, has a more-adept and versatile social and sharing system- a dedicated “always-on” video compression and decompression technology where you can share an epic video moment while in-game and a Real Friends interface, separate from your anonymous profile. You can also watch your friends’ real-time gameplay and even take over their controller remotely to help them!
“Sony continued to drive home the idea that the PlayStation ecosystem will be less about being tied to your couch, and player-centered. With that in mind, they will offer companion apps for tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as an improved Remote Play capability on PS Vita. According to Sony Gaikai CEO David Perry, Our longterm goal is to make every PS4 game playable on PS Vita using local Wi-fi.”
Sadly, the Sony team also disclosed that the PS4 will not be backwards compatible with PS3 games.
The PS4 Interface (Photo c/o technabob.com)
The Controller: “The new DualShock4 controller is exactly as we saw a few days ago, offering improved analog sticks, enhanced rumble, lower latency, a headphone jack, a small touchpad, and a “Share” button for instantaneous sharing of gameplay videos and other content. In addition, the system will come with a stereo depth camera that can detect the position of controllers from across the room.” -technabob.com
The PS4 DualShock 4 Controller (Photo c/o technabob.com)
VIDEOS FROM THE SONY EVENT:
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