Sony began hyping up its media event over a week ago, and after all the speculation, the most logical announcement has occurred — Sony has confirmed the existence of the PlayStation 4 (or PS4, as they generally spoke of it).
The new console, which Sony describes as a “supercharged” PC, will feature an x86-based CPU and an “enhanced” GPU. Using a more PC-based processor should make the system easier to develop for, which should make game developers quite happy. It will also come with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM.
The PS4 will have a second chip that will allow gamers to download games in the background and stream them as they are downloading. With digital downloads playing a major role in the next console generation, this is a critical feature to get gamers playing their new games quickly.
Sony also announced a new controller called the DualShock 4. It includes a touchpad that looks similar to the back of the PlayStation Vita. It also comes with a new share button, and a light bar that allows the separate camera to track its movement.
Sharing is a big part of the PS4, as it has a feature that allows gamers to pause a game, grab the last few seconds of gameplay and share it with friends on social networks in seconds.
The streaming and sharing features also come to fruition in a feature that allows gamers to invite a friend to jump into a game and take control of their character and help them through a section. The video streaming features also allow gamers to bring their friends in to watch them play.
A key piece of news from Sony’s event is the lack of backwards compatibility with the PS4. Sony says PS1, PS2, and PS3 games will likely be available from the cloud at a later date — and with an additional cost.
Sony had game publishers such as Square Enix, Ubisoft, Bungie, and Blizzard on stage showing various footage for games coming to the PlayStation 4.
Sony did not actually show us what the Ps4 looks like, nor did it reveal pricing information about the next generation console.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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