It's been a long wait for some, but the next-generation of gaming is almost upon us! On February 20th, 2013, Sony held it's PlayStation Meeting conference, finally taking the wraps off what they have in store for the future of the PlayStation brand. The PlayStation Meeting lasted a whopping two hours and divulged tons of information: games, specs, the new controller, and of course the official name of their new home entertainment console - PlayStation 4. The conference was very "games" focused and really brought the point home that the PS4 was going to be a very developer-friendly console, unlike it's predecessor.
PlayStation 4 Features
- Shut down your system mid-game, your game state is saved in RAM. Next time you power up your PS4, your game instantly boots up where you left off. No more loading game saves every time you turn off/on your console.
- Spectate games your friends are currently playing.
- Take over your friend's controller to help them get through a difficult spot in a game.
- The DualShock 4 is completely redesigned. New triggers, enhanced latency, enhanced vibration, lightbar tracked via PlayStation Eye camera, touchpad, speaker, headset jack, new analog sticks, and includes a new Share button.
- The Share button allows you to take screenshots and record gameplay footage and upload them to the web.
- The PlayStation 4 can stream games and game demo's from the cloud. No more downloading gigs and gigs of files.
- If you do want to download a game, all it takes is a fraction of the download to take place before you can begin playing.
- Remote Play is returning from the PS3, and is much more of a focal point this go around. It allows you to play your PS4 games on your PS Vita.
- PS4 will utilize smartphones and tablets to access and communicate with their friend list and play select titles in some capacity from PS4.
- Background downloads, even with the PS4 in a low-power state.
- Blu-Ray drive is 3x faster than that found in the PS3.
- Future goal is to be able to stream all games from the PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS Vita to the PS4.
PlayStation 4 Technical Specifications
- CPU: x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores
- GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ Graphics Core Next engine
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB unified memory
- HDD: Included (unspecified capacity)
- Optical Drive: BD 6xCAV, DVD 8xCAV
- USB: 3.0
- Communication: Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
- AV output: HDMI, Analog-AV out, Digital Output (optical)
DualShock 4 Technical Specifications
- External Dimensions: Approx. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm
- Weight: Approx. 210g (tentative)
- Buttons: PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), R1/L1/R2/L2/R3/L3, Right stick, Left stick, Touch Pad Button, Touch Pad 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
- Other Features: Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
- Ports: USB (Micro B), Extention Port, Stereo Headset Jack
- Wireless communication: Bluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR
PlayStation 4 Eye Camera Technical Specifications
- External Dimension: Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm
- Weight: Approx. 183g
- Video Pixel: (Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2
- Video Frame Rate: 1280x800 pixel @ 60fps, 640x400 pixel @ 120fps, 320x192 pixel @ 240fps
- Video Format: RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
- Lens: Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
- Field-of-View: 85 degrees
- Microphone: 4 Channel Microphone Array
- Connection Type: PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
- Cable Length: Approx. 2m (tentative)
Sony's PlayStation 4 is definitely shaping up to be a powerhouse of a console. The current confirmed launch titles include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Watch Dogs, DriveClub, The Witness, and Knack. No price details as of yet, but we did get a launch window of "this holiday season". With a very developer-friendly console and some amazing first-party developers, Sony is poised to rule your living room yet again! What fascinates me most are the social features involving game spectating, sharing your gameplay clips to your favorite social site, and streaming games and demo's from the cloud. I was a big advocate for OnLive, so these features are right up my alley. The entire PlayStation 4 conference can be found below.
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